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Clinton praises protests by Saudi women

WASHINGTON

Clinton praises protests by Saudi women

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke out Tuesday in support of the right of Saudi women to drive, a day after her spokeswoman advocated "quiet diplomacy" as a more effective way to tackle the issue. "What these women are doing is brave and what they are seeking is right," Clinton said Tuesday at a news conference when asked about her stance on the driving ban. "The effort belongs to them. I am moved by it and I support them." Clinton's public comments come after a coalition of Saudi activists Monday released a letter, dated June 3, calling on the top U.S. diplomat and highest-ranking female in the Obama administration to take a stand.

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan

Officer linked to militants, detained

A senior officer in the Pakistani Army has been detained on suspicion of links with an extremist group, according to an army spokesman. Brig. Gen. Ali Khan was serving at the General Headquarters of the Pakistan Army in the garrison city of Rawalpindi, outside the capital, Islamabad. He was picked up for questioning by the Special Investigative Branch of the Pakistan Army on May 6, but the announcement of the arrest was made Tuesday, after a spokesman confirmed that he had been detained, to the BBC Urdu website. Khan allegedly has ties with Hizb-ut-Tahrir, an Islamist group banned in Pakistan and other countries.

UNITED NATIONS

Ban Ki-moon to stay U.N. chief

The United Nations General Assembly voted unanimously Tuesday to give Ban Ki-moon a second term as secretary-general, praising him for strengthening the role and visibility of the world body in difficult circumstances. The 192-member assembly gave the 67-year-old South Korean diplomat another five years at the helm of the U.N. by voice vote. They applauded loudly as assembly president Joseph Deiss proclaimed Ban's appointment to a new term starting Jan. 1. Ban faced no opposition and was backed by the Security Council for the new term.

DES MOINES, Iowa

Ex-Ghana, Brazil leaders honored

Former presidents John Agyekum Kufuor of Ghana and Luis Inacio Lula da Silva of Brazil will receive the World Food Prize for their successful efforts to reduce by half the number of people in their countries who suffer from hunger and poverty, the prize's Des Moines, Iowa-based foundation announced Tuesday. Kufuor, who served from 2001 to 2009, and da Silva, who served from 2003-2010, were named this year's laureates during a ceremony in Washington. The $250,000 prize was established by Iowa native Norman Borlaug, winner of the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to increase food production in developing nations.

SAO PAULO, Brazil

American detained on sex charges

An American on the U.S. Marshals' list of most-wanted sex offenders has been captured in Brazil. A spokesman for Brazil's federal police said officers in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday captured Kenneth Andrew Craig. The U.S. Embassy confirmed the arrest. The U.S. Marshals' website says Craig is wanted for sexual assault against two boys in Florida in 1998 and unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. Craig was featured twice recently on the America's Most Wanted TV show.

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