- - Thursday, November 3, 2011

PAKISTAN

Suspected U.S. missiles kill 2 in North Waziristan

PESHAWAR | A suspected U.S. drone fired two missiles at a house in Pakistan’s rugged tribal region Thursday, killing two insurgents from the Haqqani Network - considered the most dangerous militant group fighting U.S. forces in neighboring Afghanistan, Pakistani intelligence officials said.

The strike occurred just a few miles from the main Islamic school run by the Haqqanis near Miran Shah, the largest town in the North Waziristan tribal area, the officials said. The missiles hit the house five minutes apart.


The U.S. has accused Pakistan of supporting the Haqqani Network and allowing the militants safe haven in North Waziristan - claims denied by Islamabad.

Washington repeatedly has called on Pakistan to attack the Haqqanis or at least prevent them from carrying out cross-border raids, but Islamabad has refused.

In response, the Obama administration has significantly ramped up the number of drone attacks against militants in North Waziristan. The U.S. refuses to acknowledge the CIA-run program publicly, but officials have said privately that the strikes have killed many senior militant commanders.

VIETNAM

Interpol launches campaign to save Asian tigers

HANOI | Interpol has launched a campaign to help save the world’s last wild tigers in the 13 Asian countries where they still exist, winning praise from conservationists.

The project will link international wildlife officials with customs and law enforcement officers in the 13 nations to help stem poaching and smuggling of tiger parts for use in expensive traditional medicines.

“Having a force like Interpol working on this will give the effort a great boost,” said Mike Baltzer, head of the World Wildlife Fund’s Tigers Alive Initiative, on Thursday, a day after the campaign was unveiled at an Interpol meeting in Hanoi.

Poaching and habitat fragmentation have caused Asia’s wild tiger population to decline from about 100,000 in 1900 to fewer than 3,500 today, according to Interpol.

CHINA

11th self-immolation occurs among Tibetans

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