- - Tuesday, June 22, 2010


Leader ignores warning on Iran gas deal

ISLAMABAD | Defying a warning from Washington, Pakistan’s prime minister promised Tuesday to go ahead with a plan to import natural gas from Iran even if the U.S. levies additional sanctions against the Mideast country.

Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani’s comments came two days after the U.S. special envoy to Pakistan, Richard Holbrooke, cautioned Pakistan not to “overcommit” itself to the deal because it could run afoul of new sanctions against Iran being finalized by Congress.

Mr. Gilani said Pakistan would reconsider the deal if it violated U.N. sanctions, but the country was “not bound to follow” unilateral U.S. measures. He said media reports that quoted him as saying that Pakistan would heed Mr. Holbrooke’s warning were incorrect.


Kurdish rebels kill 5 in bombing

ANKARA | Kurdish rebels detonated a remote-controlled bomb in Istanbul on Tuesday, killing five people and wounding 12 on a bus carrying military personnel and their families, officials said. Authorities stepped up security across Turkey, fearing more attacks.

The dead included the 17-year-old daughter of an officer, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said. The bombing raised the number of Turkish soldiers killed in rebel attacks since Friday to 17.

The Kurdistan Freedom Falcons, an offshoot of the autonomy-seeking Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, claimed responsibility for the attack, the pro-Kurdish Firat News agency reported. The group operates in Turkish cities and has claimed several deadly bombings in past years.


Shots fired near site of G-20 meeting

OTTAWA | Canadian police launched a hunt Tuesday for a small black car believed to be involved in shots fired in a restricted zone where Group of 20 leaders will meet this week in downtown Toronto, police told Agence France-Presse.

Off-duty officers heard the shots ring out at 3:30 a.m. near King and Simcoe streets, Toronto police Constable Wendy Drummond said.

No one was injured, and “there is no information at this point to suggest that it had anything to do with the G-20,” she said.

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