Book: Bhutto gave N. Korea nuclear secrets
Former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, on a state visit to North Korea in 1993, smuggled in critical data on uranium enrichment — a route to making a nuclear weapon — to help facilitate a missile deal with Pyongyang, according to a new book by a journalist who knew the slain politician well. The assertion is based on conversations that the author, Shyam Bhatia, had with Bhutto in 2003, in which she said she would tell him a secret "so significant that I had to promise never to reveal it, at least not during her lifetime," Bhatia writes in Goodbye, Shahzadi (Goodbye, Princess), which was published in India last month. Bhutto was slain in December while campaigning to win back the prime minister's post.
Suicide bomber kills 2 NATO troops
A suicide car bomb attack against a NATO convoy Saturday killed two soldiers and wounded four others, while fighting in the south killed 16 Taliban militants, officials said. The bomb attack in the eastern city of Jalalabad hit a contingent of NATO's International Security Assistance Force, the alliance said in a statement. ISAF did not release the nationalities of the troops involved, but most soldiers in that region are American. Interior Ministry spokesman Zemeri Bashary said the blast also wounded four Afghan civilians and damaged five vehicles.
Officials say lake to be drained soon
Chinese authorities prepared on Saturday to drain a swelling lake formed by a devastating earthquake, completing work on a drainage channel to divert water that threatens hundreds of thousands downstream. Officials are expected to discharge floodwater from the lake into the channel between today and Tuesday, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.
Chopper crashes: A military transport helicopter carrying people injured in the country's earthquake disaster crashed Saturday, the Xinhua News Agency reported today. It was carrying a crew of four and 10 people injured in the quake. The agency had no further details.
Strong earthquake strikes in Pacific
Officials say a powerful earthquake struck in the Pacific Ocean off southeastern Taiwan, but no damage or injuries were reported. Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau said the magnitude 6.8 quake hit at 9:57 a.m. today. The U.S. Geological Survey put the magnitude at 6.4. The quake was felt in Taiwan. It was centered 29 miles below the Pacific Ocean's surface about 340 miles southeast of Taipei.
Myanmar slammed over aid response
Myanmar's rulers "have kept their hands in their pockets" while other countries sought to help cyclone victims, Defense Secretary Robert Gates told an international security conference Saturday, branding the military government as "deaf and dumb" for obstructing aid efforts. He also said the next U.S. administration would maintain a strong commitment to Asia and the rest of the world, no matter what political party won the fall election.