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Pakistani Forces Battle Gunmen at Police Academy


PAKISTAN: Pakistani officials say they have retaken a police training center in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore after a nearly day-long firefight with gunmen.
Helicopters have been patrolling the skies over the academy in the Manawan section of the city where a fierce battle raged for hours.
Pakistani officials say their forces killed four of the assailants and that at least three were arrested.
Officials had said about ten gunmen stormed the complex in the early morning hours, firing rifle and throwing grenades in an effort to create confusion. They say at least 20 police officers were killed and that, at one point, the gunmen held about 35 police recruits hostage.

CAMBODIA-KHMER ROUGE: The genocide trial of a former Khmer Rouge leader opened for its first day of testimony and evidence Monday, more than 30 years after the fall of the "killing fields" regime.
After years of delays, prosecutors will lay out their case against 66-year-old Kaing Guek Eav, also known as Duch, who is accused of crimes against humanity, war crimes, torture and murder. Duch was in charge of the notorious Tuol Slengprison in Phnom Penh, where more than 15,000 people are believed to have died during the less than four year period that the Khmer Rouge controlled Cambodia.

BURMA-BANGLADESH: Officials in Bangladesh say they are concerned by Burma's apparent plan to build a barbed wire fence along a 40-kilometer stretch of the border between the two nations.
A foreign ministry official said Monday that Burma has been piling fencing materials on its side of the border and plans to erect the fence only 13 meters from the no-man's land dividing the two countries.

G-20 SUMMIT: There are growing indications that calls for additional spending to spark an economic recovery will go unheeded at this week's major meeting of world leaders.
U.S. President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown have been pushing for additional stimulus measures ahead of this week's Group of 20 meeting in London. But a G20 document obtained by a British newspaper (the "Financial Times") contains no specific plans.
Instead, the document reinforces the need for countries to avoid actions that would hurt free trade and calls for some agreement on more regulation for the banking industry.

ARAB-SUMMIT-SUDAN: Leaders from 22 Arab nations are meeting Monday in Doha for this year's Arab League summit.
Arab leaders are expected to debate how to respond to the Israeli-Palestinian crisis, as well as to Iran's growing influence in the region.
Syria and Qatar have good relations with Iran and the Palestinian group Hamas, while Egypt and Jordan do not.
Attempts by Saudi King Abdullah to reconcile the differences have suffered a blow, since Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak announced he will not be attending the summit.

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