- The Washington Times - Friday, August 6, 2010

JAPAN

U.S., nuclear powers to attend memorial

HIROSHIMA | The site of the world’s first atomic bomb attack echoed with choirs and Buddhist prayers Thursday as Hiroshima prepared to mark its biggest memorial yet, the first to be attended by representatives of the U.S. and other major nuclear powers.

Washington’s decision to send Ambassador John Roos to the 65th anniversary is seen by many as a move toward paving the way for President Obama to visit Hiroshima - which would be unprecedented for a sitting U.S. leader.

Along with the U.S., Britain and France are to make their first official appearance at the memorial Friday, along with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Altogether, 75 nations are to be represented.

PAKISTAN

U.S. Army flies flood relief missions

KALAM | U.S. Army helicopters flew their first relief missions in Pakistan’s flood-ravaged northwest on Thursday, airlifting hundreds of stranded people to safety from a devastated tourist town and distributing emergency aid.

In the country’s south, authorities began evacuating a half-million people as the worst monsoon rains in decades threatened more destruction.

The floods have killed an estimated 1,500 people over the past week, most in the northwest, the center of Pakistan’s fight against al Qaeda and the Taliban.

AFGHANISTAN

NATO admits killing civilians in operations

KABUL | NATO admitted killing several civilians during military operations in Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarhar province, according to an e-mailed statement Thursday.

“Following information received from provincial and local Nangarhar officials, it appears that between four and a dozen or more civilians were killed,” the statement from NATO’s International Security Assistance Force said.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai had ordered a probe into the deaths of at least 12 civilians after a district chief said a total of 26 people had been killed in two separate incidents in the area.

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