- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 11, 2009


Suicide bomber kills 24 in northwest

ISLAMABAD | A suicide bomber attacked a crowded market in northwestern Pakistan on Tuesday, killing 24 people.

The bombing was the fourth in about a month to target a market in or around Peshawar, the main city in the northwest. The attacks have produced some of the largest death tolls in the past few years, killing more than 200 people.

The van that exploded outside the market in Charsadda city was packed with about 90 pounds of explosives, said Liaqat Ali Khan, the senior police chief in the surrounding North West Frontier Province.


Somali wanted by U.S. held

THE HAGUE | Dutch prosecutors said Tuesday that they have arrested a 43-year-old Somali man wanted by U.S. authorities for purportedly financing Islamic extremist terrorists.

Prosecutors said the man lived in Minneapolis before leaving the United States in November 2008 and arrived in the Netherlands about one month later. The identity of the man, who was arrested Sunday at an asylum seeker’s center in Dronten 45 miles northeast of Amsterdam, was not released in line with Dutch privacy laws. The prosecutors’ office said U.S. authorities asked for the man’s arrest and have sought his extradition.


Dalai Lama criticized for border-town visit

BEIJING | China lashed out at the Dalai Lama’s visit to a disputed border region in India on Tuesday, saying his trip to the area revealed the exiled Tibetan leader’s separatist agenda.

In a now familiar tit-for-tat response, the revered Buddhist figure and Nobel Peace Prize winner defended his trip, saying it had been overly politicized by others.

The Dalai Lama has been holding prayer meetings and teaching sessions with adherents in the Himalayan town of Tawang, near the frontier with Chinese-controlled Tibet. China has repeatedly criticized his weeklong visit to the northeastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, which Beijing also claims as its territory.


Obama willing to visit Hiroshima

TOKYO | President Obama is willing to visit the nuclear-bombed cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki while in office but his schedule for a Japan trip this week won’t allow it, he said in an NHK TV interview Tuesday.

“The memories of Hiroshima and Nagasaki are etched in the minds of the world, and I would be honored to have the opportunity to visit those cities at some point during my presidency,” Mr. Obama said.

Mr. Obama would be the first U.S. president in office to visit the Japanese cities, which the United States attacked with atomic bombs in the final days of World War II, forcing Japan’s surrender.

Mr. Obama will visit Japan on Friday and Saturday as part of an Asia tour.


United pilot accused of drunkenness

LONDON | A United Airlines pilot was arrested aboard a flight to Chicago on suspicion of being drunk, police and an airline official said Tuesday.

Scotland Yard said the 51-year-old was arrested aboard United Airlines Flight 949, due to fly from London’s Heathrow Airport to Chicago, shortly after noon Monday. A police spokesman said the man, whom he did not identify, has been released on bail.

United Airlines spokeswoman Megan McCarthy said the pilot had been removed from service pending an investigation. She said the flight was canceled and that the plane’s 124 passengers were put on other flights.

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