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PERTH — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Tuesday encouraged Australia to increase its military ties with India, but added that America also supports the peaceful rise of Asian economic powerhouse China.
The annual summit is the first since President Obama visited Australia a year ago and riled China, Australia’s biggest trade partner, by announcing that up to 2,500 U.S. Marines would rotate through a joint military training hub in the northern city of Darwin.
Mrs. Clinton told a university forum that the meeting will review the implementation of that plan and aims to improve interoperability between the U.S. and Australian navies.
She said the U.S. had made a strategic priority of supporting India in playing a larger role in Asian affairs.
Police seek software mogul in killing of neighbor
BELIZE CITY — Police are urging software company founder John McAfee to come in for questioning and help solve the killing of his neighbor on the Caribbean island where they lived, a spokesman said Tuesday.
Mr. McAfee reportedly told Wired magazine on Monday that he had nothing to do with the death, but feared police would kill him if they find him. He said he hid in the sand when he saw police coming to his house Sunday and put a cardboard box over his head to breathe.
Iranian foreign minister makes Khartoum stop
KHARTOUM — Iran’s foreign minister made a brief stopover in Khartoum, his Sudanese counterpart said Tuesday, with ties between the two states under scrutiny after Khartoum accused Israel of bombing a military factory.
Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi passed through Khartoum and met an official from Sudan’s Foreign Ministry, Sudanese Foreign Minister Ali Karti told reporters, in what he called a “normal protocol” meeting without formal talks.
The date of the visit was not disclosed.
Sudan’s links to Iran have come under scrutiny after Khartoum accused Israel of sending four radar-evading aircraft to strike the Yarmouk military factory in the heart of Khartoum at midnight on Oct. 23.
The factory compound exploded and burst into flames, and speculation followed that Iranian weapons were stored or manufactured there.
Radical cleric released from jail
LONDON — British authorities said radical Islamist cleric Abu Qatada has been freed from prison after a court ruled he cannot be deported from Britain to Jordan to face terrorism charges.
Abu Qatada, a Palestinian-born Jordanian cleric, was convicted in Jordan over terrorist plots in 1999 and 2000, and he will face a retrial if deported there from Britain.
Authorities confirmed Tuesday that he had been released from Long Lartin prison, in central England.
The Special Immigration Appeals Commission, which handles major terrorism and deportation cases, had said Monday that it was not convinced Jordan could guarantee Abu Qatada a fair trial. It said it thought evidence gleaned through torture could be used against the cleric.
Allende’s granddaughter loses after recount
SANTIAGO — The granddaughter of the late socialist President Salvador Allende has lost her first political race after a recount.
Initial results last month had shown Mrs. Fernandez Allende ahead, and Mr. Sabat recognized her victory.
But his party demanded a recount.
Chile’s electoral committee said Tuesday that Mr. Sabat got 34,247 votes to Mrs. Fernandez Allende’s 34,217 votes.
Mr. Sabat has won the district three other times in 16 years.
Salvador Allende was a democratically elected socialist president who was ousted in a 1973 military coup led by Gen. Augusto Pinochet.
• From wire dispatches and staff reports
By Andrew P. Napolitano
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