PAKISTAN VIOLENCE: Military officials in Pakistan say they are trying to capture two
gunmen who were part of a deadly attack at the army's headquarters
Saturday in Rawalpindi, near Islamabad.
Authorities say four other attackers and at least six soldiers were killed in the assault. Five soldiers were wounded.
Police officials say the gunmen, dressed in military camouflage, drove
up to the army compound and began firing after being stopped by
Roads leading to the army headquarters were quickly sealed off. Helicopter gunships hovered over the area.
TURKEY - ARMENIA: Turkey and Armenia plan to sign a landmark accord Saturday to normalize
relations, but nationalists on both sides have promised to derail its
Armenia's foreign minister and his Turkish counterpart are expected to sign protocols in Zurich, Switzerland which aim to
establish diplomatic ties and open the countries' sealed border.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will attend the ceremony as well as Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
Some 10,000 protesters of the agreement marched in the Armenian
capital, Yerevan, on Friday and analysts say strong domestic opposition
in both countries will likely slow ratification by their respective
US CLINTON - EUROPE: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton departed late Friday for a five-day trip to Europe and Russia. The trip will be filled with high-level talks about the war in Afghanistan, Iran's nuclear ambitions and a new pact to control nuclear arms in the U.S. and Russia. Clinton will first visit Zurich (Switzerland) Saturday to witness the signing of a historic pact normalizing relations between Turkey and Armenia. She is also scheduled to visit Britain to discuss Afghanistan, and make stops in Belfast and Dublin to push for further reconciliation efforts in Northern Ireland.
NOKOR NUCLEAR: The leaders of China, Japan and South Korea issued a joint call
Saturday for an early resumption of talks aimed at ending North Korea's
At the end of a summit in Beijing, the three countries pledged to work
together with other parties to pursue the denuclearization of the
Korean peninsula and safeguard peace and stability in Northeast Asia.
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao told a news conference after the meeting
that during his three-day visit to North Korea this week, his strongest
impression was that Pyongyang wants closer relations with the U.S.,
Japan and South Korea.
OBAMA - NOBEL PEACE: U.S. President Barack Obama says he is "surprised and deeply humbled"
to have won the Nobel Peace Prize and will accept the award as a "call
to action" for "all nations to confront the common challenges of the
The president, who has been in office less than a year, said he does
not view the award as a recognition of his own accomplishments, but
rather an affirmation of American leadership on behalf of the
aspirations held by people worldwide.
He said he does not feel that he deserves to be in the company of the
many transformative figures who have been honored by the prize.
IRAN DEATH SENTENCE: An international human rights group is expressing concern there could be more death sentences in Iran for election protesters. London-based Amnesty International relayed those fears Friday after reporting opposition activist and convicted anti-government monarchist Mohammad Reza Ali Zamani had been sentenced to death. Several Iranian opposition websites and an Iranian parliament statement said Thursday Iran's Revolutionary Court had ordered Zamani hanged. Zamani is the first reported protester to be sentenced to death among more than 100 people who have gone on trial over election unrest since August.
HONDURAS: Negotiators for rival camps in Honduras' post-coup standoff are reporting significant progress.
Representatives for ousted President Manuel Zelaya and for the de facto
leader Roberto Micheletti say they have managed to agree on 60 percent
of the issues.
But one negotiator from the Zelaya camp, Juan Barahona, remained more
pessimistic about the possibility of a negotiated resolution, saying
the advances were not enough.
The two groups have yet to agree on the core issue of whether Mr.
Zelaya will return to power ahead of the scheduled November 29
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