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Fishermen save tourists off capsized boat

PHNOM PENH | Cambodian police said fishermen rescued 92 foreign tourists whose boat capsized, apparently after drunken passengers started dancing and made the boat unstable.

The tourists hired the boat Thursday afternoon to go to an island near Sihanoukville beach. A police official in Preah Sihanouk province said it overturned soon afterward and four local fishing boats rushed to rescue the passengers and five Cambodian crew members.

Everyone from the boat was rescued and no one was injured.


U.S. assessment on militants rejected

ISLAMABAD | Pakistan on Thursday rejected a White House report that criticized its efforts to defeat militants along the Afghan border, another sign of the uneasy nature of the Washington-Islamabad counterterrorism alliance.

The report released this week said that Pakistan has made little progress in the past year in battling Islamist extremists, and that there is “no clear path toward defeating the insurgency” in the country. It also raised concerns about political gridlock and economic problems plaguing the nation.

The U.S. considers Pakistan key to its efforts to stabilize Afghanistan and defeat al Qaeda. It has given Pakistan billions in military and other aid over the past decade to stop its soil from being used as a haven for Taliban and other militants fighting in Afghanistan.

In rejecting the criticism, Pakistani Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Tehmina Janjua noted that Pakistan, which has staged several offensives against insurgents, had sacrificed many lives to end the extremist threat. She also said Pakistan should not be held accountable for Western failings in Afghanistan.


Kyrgyzstan remembers 2010 uprising victims

BISHKEK | Memorial ceremonies were held across Kyrgyzstan on Thursday to mark the first anniversary of a bloody uprising that led to the ouster of the Central Asian nation’s authoritarian leader.

President Roza Otunbayeva and other senior government representatives laid wreaths at the Ata-Beit cemetery in the capital of Bishkek, where many of the 87 people killed in last year’s clashes are buried.

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