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Mr. Karzai told leaders of South Asian nations at a regional summit in the Maldives that the India agreement, along with talks it is holding with the United States for another strategic partnership, is intended to promote peace.


Philippines grounds bombers after crash

MANILA | Philippine officials said the air force has grounded its OV-10 bomber planes after one crashed, but added that the decision will not hamper counterinsurgency strikes.

Air force chief Lt. Gen. Oscar Rabena said he ordered the grounding of the turboprop warplanes while investigators try to determine what caused one to crash Wednesday while trying to land at a base in southern Zamboanga City. The two pilots managed to eject but were injured.

Military spokesman Col. Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos said Thursday the air force has other aircraft for battling insurgents. The underfunded military has 12 OV-10s it acquired from the U.S. in 1992.

The OV-10s have been used recently to assault Muslim rebels and guard Manila’s claims in disputed South China Sea areas.


U.S. scientist receives Kyoto Prize in technology

TOKYO | U.S. scientist John W. Cahn received Japan’s annual Kyoto Prize on Thursday, winning about $650,000 for his contributions in materials science that led to the creation of stronger, lighter alloys used in cellphones and many electronic devices.

Mr. Cahn, 83, an emeritus fellow at the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology and affiliate professor at the University of Washington, was awarded the advanced technology prize and the cash gift at a ceremony in Kyoto, according to the Inamori Foundation.

Mr. Cahn was one of three winners of the 27th Kyoto Prize, which was established in 1985 and is Japan’s highest private award for global achievement.