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Leaders pledge to work together on terrorist targets

ISLAMABAD | The U.S. and Pakistan agreed Monday to work together in any future actions against “high value targets” in Pakistan, even as U.S. Sen. John F. Kerry defended Washington’s decision not to tell Islamabad in advance about the American raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

The pledge, which was made in a joint statement, could help mollify Pakistani officials and citizens, who were enraged that one of the country’s most important allies would conduct a unilateral operation on its soil. But details of the promised cooperation were unclear.

It was also unclear whether Mr. Kerry, Massachusetts Democrat and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was able to extract any promises from Pakistan to go after Afghan Taliban militants in Pakistan.


Rebels accuse troops of killing 100 civilians

ADDIS ABABA | Ethiopian government troops have killed more than 100 civilians, including a local U.N. worker, during a five-day military operation in the oil and gas-rich Somali Region, a rebel group said on Monday.

More commonly known as the Ogaden, the ethnic Somali province is home to a low-key insurgency led by the Ogaden National Liberation Front, which has fought for independence since 1984.

Government officials could not be reached for comment.


Tycoon to head pro-Kremlin party

MOSCOW | Russian tycoon and New Jersey Nets basketball team owner Mikhail Prokhorov says his decision to head a pro-Kremlin political party was an “uneasy” one.

Mr. Prokhorov said Monday he would head the Just Cause party in what he called “an uneasy and somewhat surprising decision.”

Just Cause hopes to win legislature seats in December parliamentary elections.

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