ISLAMABAD – Pakistan’s government will restore democracy quickly in its biggest and politically most important province as part of reconciliation efforts, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani said yesterday.
MOSCOW – Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said yesterday that Russia would rearm its military and boost its nuclear forces despite the raging economic crisis because U.S.-led NATO is expanding toward its borders.
JERUSALEM – Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert yesterday rejected Hamas demands to free 450 long-term prisoners in exchange for a captive soldier, signalling his last-ditch bid to resolve the crisis may have failed.
KHARTOUM – Eight gunmen attacked a group of international peacekeepers on patrol in Sudan’s Darfur region yesterday, killing one in what the force’s spokesman described as a “cold-blooded ambush”.
BEIJING – North Korean Premier Kim Yong-il praised China as a regional bulwark before arriving for a visit yesterday that underscores Beijing’s go-softly approach to Pyongyang’s missile launch plans that have alarmed the region.