ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – U.S. investigators are trying to put together the pieces of Osama bin Laden’s secret life in the hope of unearthing details of his global network of Islamist militants bent on attacking the West.
Key to that will be tracing his movements from the weeks after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States to last week, when U.S. special forces killed him after discovering him hiding in a compound in the Pakistani town of Abbottabad.
PHNOM PENH (Reuters) – Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen’s ruffling of Thailand with threats of “war” shows how a growing alliance with China is allowing him to stand up to his neighbor and, in the process, boost his credentials at home.
This week’s deadly border clashes between the two countries’ armies have put Thailand’s government under domestic political strain and given Hun Sen a chance to score points at home without much risk to Cambodia’s fragile economy.
PHNOM PENH (Reuters) – Generations of Cambodians have fretted over what they see as the grabbing of land by voracious neighbors, but recent clashes over territory on the Thai border have stirred little outrage in the Cambodian capital.
Part of the reason appears to be the Cambodian government does not want public anger getting out of hand while it appeals to the United Nations for help in sorting out the dispute with Thailand over the 11th century Preah Vihear temple on the northern border with Thailand.
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) – A suicide bomber attacked a gathering of displaced people waiting to get aid in northwestern Pakistan on Saturday, killing at least 40 of them, a hospital official said.
The attack in the Bajaur region on the Afghan border came a day after a big clash between Pakistani Taliban insurgents and security forces in the neighboring Mohmand region that left 11 soldiers and 24 militants dead.
BANGKOK (Reuters) – A day after Myanmar held an election meant to usher in peace and stability, clashes erupted between minority rebels and government soldiers, a reminder of divisions that have long bedeviled the country.
The fighting in the eastern town of Myawaddy on the Thai border between ethnic minority Karen rebels and government forces broke out early on Monday while the votes from Sunday’s election were being counted.
HANOI (Reuters) – Leaders of 10 southeast Asian countries will try on Thursday to fast-track an ambitious plan to establish a political and economic community by 2015 while hoping to dodge discord over military-ruled Myanmar. Later in the week, leaders of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) will be joined in Hanoi by colleagues from six Asian powers, including China, Japan and India, for a summit that will highlight Asia’s role as the engine of global growth.
The region is once again attracting billions of dollars in capital inflows and its stock markets are among the world’s best performers this year.
HANOI, Oct 27 (Reuters) – Leaders of 16 Asia-Pacific
countries that have become the focus of global economic growth
will meet in the Vietnamese capital, Hanoi, this week for ASEAN
and East Asia Summits.
Following are some questions and answers on the meetings.
WHO WILL ATTEND?
The 10 leaders of the Association of South East Asian
Nations (ASEAN) — which groups Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia,
Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand
and Vietnam — meet on Thursday. They meet the leaders of their
big three east Asian partners — China, Japan and South Korea
— on Friday, and convene an East Asia Summit (EAS) summit with
the leaders of Australia, India and New Zealand on Saturday.
SUKKUR, Pakistan (Reuters) – Pakistan ordered fresh evacuations from southern Sindh on Thursday as the country struggled to bring relief to millions already displaced by flooding and sought international help to rescue its economy.
The towns of Sujawal, Daro and Mirpur Batoro, with a combined population of 400,000, were ordered evacuated after the swollen Indus river bust through an embankment.
SUKKUR, Pakistan (Reuters) – Tauda, a mother of four, fell sick with stomach cramps and diarrhea in a camp for flood victims on Tuesday. Less than 14 hours later, she died.
“We think it was because of the water,” said her brother, Mohammad Hashim, as he prepared to bury her on Wednesday.
SUKKUR, Pakistan (Reuters) – At least 800,000 Pakistanis stranded by floods are at risk of dying of starvation or disease unless the United Nations gets more helicopters to urgently reach them, officials said on Wednesday.
The dire situation of these victims — reachable only by air — underscores the challenges the disaster has created in a country that could face unrest if it fails to provide compensation for the loss of homes, crops and livestock and ensure the economy doesn’t suffer too much in the long term.