- The Washington Times - Friday, April 16, 2010

AFGHANISTAN

Suicide bombing kills 3 foreigners, 3 soldiers

KANDAHAR | The Afghan president’s half-brother said late Thursday that three foreigners and three Afghan soldiers were killed in a suicide bombing in Kandahar.

The explosion occurred Thursday night at a compound shared by foreign companies, blowing out windows across the city.

The blast came hours after a car bomb exploded outside a Kandahar hotel and injured at least eight people.

KYRGYZSTAN

Ousted president resigns, leaves for Kazakhstan

BISHKEK | A member of Kyrgyzstan’s interim government said Thursday that the nation’s deposed president has stepped down.

Topchubek Turgunaliyev said Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev signed a formal resignation statement.

Mr. Bakiyev left the country for neighboring Kazakhstan Thursday, raising hope that the unrest gripping the impoverished ex-Soviet Central Asian nation will end soon.

Mr. Turgunaliyev said Mr. Bakiyev was accompanied only by his wife and two children; his other relatives apparently have stayed behind. He said Mr. Bakiyev’s former defense minister was arrested while trying to escape.

Mr. Bakiyev was driven from the capital, Bishkek, on April 7 after a protest boiled over into gunfire; protesters then stormed government buildings. At least 83 people died in the violence.

CHINA

Rescuers struggle as quake toll rises

JIEGU, China | Rescuers and aid began trickling in Thursday to a remote area of northwestern China devastated by a quake that left 760 people dead and 100,000 homeless.

Battling cold weather and a lack of oxygen, rescue workers clawed through the rubble of homes and schools toppled by the 6.9 magnitude quake, which hit Yushu county in Qinghai province on Wednesday.

Officials said medical teams and vital supplies such as tents and quilts were on their way to the zone, where doctors set up makeshift hospitals to treat victims of the deadliest quake in China in two years.

But thousands were bracing for another night without shelter in freezing temperatures after the quake destroyed almost all the mud-brick and wooden houses in Jiegu, the local capital, and flattened schools and other buildings.

CHINA

Chinese, Indian leaders meet before conference

BEIJING | Chinese President Hu Jintao met Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh ahead of an international conference in Brazil on Thursday, state media said.

China’s official Xinhua news agency reported that the two leaders talked before a summit among Brazil, Russia, India and China - known as the BRIC nations - but did not give details of their discussion.

China and India last week agreed to set up a hot line linking their leaders in a fresh sign of closer ties between the Asian neighbors.

The agreement was signed during a visit by Indian Foreign Minister S.M. Krishna coinciding with the 60th anniversary of the establishment of relations between the two nations.

The two sides are reviewing negotiations over a long-simmering border dispute as well as trade issues, including India’s $15.8 billion trade deficit with China. Bilateral trade stood at $43 billion in 2009 and is expected to reach $60 billion this year.

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