Clinton to testify about Libya attack
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will testify before Congress next week on the deadly Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Senate aides said the Foreign Relations Committee notified senators Wednesday night that Clinton would testify Jan. 23. Clinton also is to testify that day before the House Foreign Affairs Committee. The next day, the Senate panel will hold a confirmation hearing on the nomination of Sen. John Kerry to succeed Clinton.
Preacher, crowd at risk, Pakistan says
Two days after a charismatic preacher swept into the capital surrounded by some 25,000 boisterous supporters, Pakistan's government responded by rejecting his political agenda and hinting that an operation to dislodge him was imminent. Interior Minister Rehman Malik said Wednesday there were indications suicide bombers plan to target Tahir-ul-Qadri. An operation could come as early as today, Malik said. "For the safety of the women and children in the protest, I request you to leave by tomorrow," he said at a news conference.
U.N. opens nuclear talks with Iran
Senior U.N. investigators opened a new round of talks Wednesday with Iranian officials in hopes of restarting an inquiry into allegations that the Islamic Republic carried out atomic bomb trigger tests and other suspected weapons-related studies. The U.N. meetings are an important test of Iran's willingness to address Western concerns before the possible resumption of a wider dialogue with the United States and other world powers.
7 arrested to curb self-immolations
Authorities in northwest China have detained seven people they say organized the fatal self-immolation of a Tibetan villager in October, photographed his burning body and then sent the images abroad. The arrests, announced Tuesday by the official Xinhua news agency, suggest the Chinese government is increasing the use of its newest strategy against the politically motivated suicides in Tibetan areas of China: punishing friends and relatives of those who self-immolate.
Prime Minister David Cameron is heading to Amsterdam on Friday to set out his vision of a whittled-down role for Britain in the affairs of 21st century Europe.