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The U.N.-backed tribunal is seeking justice for an estimated 1.7 million people who died of starvation, exhaustion, lack of medical care or execution during the communist Khmer Rouge’s rule.


U.S. assures Manila of second warship

MANILA | The United States will provide a second warship to the ill-equipped Philippine military as it confronts China in increasingly tense territorial disputes in the South China Sea, a Philippine official said Thursday.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton assured Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin during talks in Manila on Wednesday that Washington would give its longtime ally a second Coast Guard cutter virtually for free some time next year.

The first second-hand cutter from the U.S. Coast Guard sailed into Manila in August and became the most modern vessel in the dilapidated Philippine fleet.

Mrs. Clinton assured the Philippine military of intensified U.S. assistance Wednesday, when the allies marked the 60th anniversary of the signing of their Mutual Defense Treaty aboard a U.S. naval destroyer in Manila.

The first U.S. ship, which has been renamed the BRP Gregorio del Pilar, would be deployed to secure Philippine territorial waters in the South China Sea as early as this month, the military said.


Suspected U.S. missiles kill 8 in northwest

PESHAWAR | Suspected U.S. drones fired four missiles at a compound in Pakistan’s rugged tribal region near the Afghan border Thursday, killing eight alleged militants and wounding two others in the third such strike in as many days, Pakistani intelligence officials said.

Elsewhere in the tribal region, Pakistani security forces pounded militant hideouts in two different areas, killing 37 suspected militants, government officials said.

The figures could not be independently verified because of the difficulty of reporting in the tribal region.

The drones struck in the Ramzak area of North Waziristan, the main hub for Taliban and al Qaeda militants in Pakistan, the officials said.

The U.S. has conducted about 200 drone strikes in North Waziristan in recent years, most targeting al Qaeda militants and Afghan Taliban fighters who are battling U.S. troops in Afghanistan.