WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama and his national security advisers are considering expanding the covert U.S. war in Pakistan far beyond the tribal areas near the border with Afghanistan, the New York Times reported yesterday.
KABUL – NATO’s secretary-general said yesterday 4,000 more soldiers were needed to secure Afghanistan’s presidential election in August and to make sure the vote was credible and fair.
SEOUL – Japan will clear the way for the deployment of ballistic missile interceptors as it prepares for the possibility a North Korean rocket could fall toward its territory, Kyodo news agency reported yesterday.
JOHANNESBURG – South African prosecutors were considering whether to drop corruption charges against ruling ANC leader Jacob Zuma after he lodged a legal request, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said yesterday.
ST POELTEN, Austria – Josef Fritzl reversed his plea and admitted guilt on all charges yesterday after watching the daughter he locked up and raped for 24 years describe her ordeal in 11 hours of video testimony.