ລິ້ງ ສຳຫລັບເຂົ້າຫາ

300 Bangladeshi Border Guards Arrested Following Mutiny


BANGLADESH - UNREST: Bangladeshi officials say 300 border guards have been arrested during a search for mutineers who staged a bloody two-day rebellion. Security officials say many guards fled their compound after surrendering Thursday. More than 130 Bangladeshi army officers remain missing Friday and feared killed by the rebelling guards, who are from a paramilitary unit called the Bangladesh Rifles, or BDR. An officer with the unit (Lieutenant Colonel Syed Kamruzzaman) says the commander of the Bangladesh Rifles, Major General Shakil Ahmed, was killed in the mutiny.

IRAQ: U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to announce plans Friday to withdraw combat troops from Iraq by August of 2010. Congressional officials say Mr. Obama will announce the 19-month withdrawal plan at Camp Lejeune, a U.S. military base in (the eastern state of) North Carolina. That withdrawal timetable would stretch three months more than Mr. Obama promised while campaigning for the presidency. Under his proposal, up to 50,000 troops could stay in Iraq for limited missions in training and combating terrorism. President Obama met late Thursday with U.S. lawmakers to discuss his plan.

JAPAN - ECONOMY: Japan says its industrial output plunged a record 10 percent in January, another sign the world's second-largest economy is facing its worst economic recession since the end of World War Two. January's bad numbers break the previous record of 9.8 percent set just the month before. Japan's export-driven economy is faltering due to plummeting demand around the world, especially in the United States, as the global recession deepens. Industrial production has dropped in nearly every area, including automobiles and electronics.

US ECONOMY: The battered U.S. jobs market, financial sector and auto industry have all indicated new losses, pushing U.S. stock markets down once again. All three major U.S. stock indexes fell more than one percent on Thursday. Nasdaq fell the furthest, losing 2.4 percent. The Labor Department says the number of unemployed workers collecting long-term assistance jumped to a record high above five million last week. The number of newly-laid off workers signing up for unemployment assistance jumped to the highest level since 1982 (667,000).

CHINA - US - MILITARY: China says the United States must take responsibility in improving military ties between the two economic giants. Qian Lihua, a senior foreign policy official with the Chinese Defense Ministry, says relations between Washington and Beijing remain at a "difficult period." He says China expects the U.S. to take "concrete measures" that will lead to resumption of military ties. Qian made the remarks Friday at the start of a two day military summit between the two sides in Beijing. The American delegation is headed by Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense David Sedney.

ASEAN SUMMIT: Leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations are urging faster integration of their 10-member bloc in order to cushion the impact of the global economic downturn. Economic issues are topping the agenda at ASEAN's annual summit, opening Friday at the seaside Thai resort of Cha-am, located south of the capital Bangkok. The leaders will discuss plans to form a European Union-style economic community by 2015, in order to boost trade and economic development among the members. Economic experts, both inside and outside ASEAN, say the global economic recession will accelerate the goal of economic integration within the region.

US - AFGHANISTAN - PAKISTAN: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the United States, Afghanistan and Pakistan have agreed to hold regular talks on a new strategy to fight the threat of terrorism and Islamist extremism in South Asia. Clinton made the announcement after talks late Thursday in Washington with the foreign ministers of Pakistan and Afghanistan, Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Rangeen Dadfar Spanta. She said the next meeting is tentatively scheduled for late April or early May. Secretary Clinton said their basic purpose -- to exchange views on the strategic issues -- was fulfilled.

ISRAEL - PALESTINIANS: A top European Union diplomat is in the Gaza Strip for the first time since the Palestinian militant group Hamas seized control of the territory in June 2007. EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana is touring Gaza amid a flurry of talks on an Israel-Hamas truce, reconciliation between Palestinian factions, and donations for the territory's reconstruction. On Thursday, rival Palestinian factions, including Fatah and Hamas, signed a deal in Cairo aimed at healing their divisions and creating a national unity government.

VIETNAM - BIRD FLU: A 32-year-old man has become Vietnam's second fatality of the year from a deadly strain of bird flu. The man from the northern province of Ninh Binh died in a hospital in the capital, Hanoi. Health officials said Friday that the man became infected with the H5N1 strain of the virus after eating poultry. A woman who died from the virus last week was the country's first fatality of 2009. Vietnam has seen more bird flu deaths than any other country except Indonesia. The United Nations says Vietnam has already reported 52 bird flu deaths since 2003. Indonesia has seen 115 deaths. (News Updates)

Listen to our World News for details.

XS
SM
MD
LG