Pakistan protests to U.S. over drone attack, release of CIA operative

PAKISTAN

U.S. aIRSTRIKES, MAN'S RELEASE DRAW PROTEST

A deadly U.S. airstrike Thursday and the sudden release Wednesday of a CIA contractor accused of murdering two Pakistanis have raised tensions between the United States and Pakistan and brought new domestic criticism of Pakistan's security establishment for cooperating with Washington in the war against Islamist insurgents. Pakistan's Foreign Ministry summoned U.S. Ambassador Cameron Munter on Friday to protest the missile attack by a CIA drone that killed at least 40 people in North Waziristan. The government announced that it would boycott a forthcoming U.S.-Afghan meeting and issued a statement saying that "the fundamentals of our relations need to be revisited. Pakistan should not be taken for granted nor treated as a client state."

BILLINGS, Mont.

Deal reached to lift wolf protections

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Navy censures officers for videos

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Elsewhere

Los Angeles: The UCLA student who released an online video in which she complained about Asian students' behavior said Friday she was leaving the school. Alexandra Wallace apologized for the video.

Washington: The White House said Friday that Washington Post reporter Shailagh Murray will become press secretary for Vice President Joe Biden.

London: A judge on Friday sentenced a former British Airways computer specialist, Rajib Karim, 31, to 30 years in prison for plotting to blow up an airplane in a bid to kill hundreds of people.

Times wires

Pakistan protests to U.S. over drone attack, release of CIA operative 03/19/11 [Last modified: Saturday, March 19, 2011 12:26am]

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