WORLD IN BRIEF

WORLD IN BRIEF

Sunday, June 1, 2008

BURMA

Gates Assails Burma's Response to Cyclone

Burma's rulers "have kept their hands in their pockets" while other countries sought to help cyclone victims, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said Saturday, branding the military government as "deaf and dumb" for obstructing aid efforts.

Despite the dire situation, Gates said at an international security conference that the United States would not force assistance on the country. He also said the next U.S. administration will maintain a strong commitment to Asia and the rest of the world.

Afghanistan

2 NATO Soldiers Killed in Bombing

NATO says two of its soldiers were killed in a suicide car bomb attack in eastern Afghanistan. NATO's International Security Assistance Force does not identify the nationalities of killed or wounded soldiers, but the vast majority of troops in that area are American.

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Yemeni Rebels Near Capital

Yemeni government forces have beaten back an advance by northern rebels who brought their fight to within 12 miles of the capital, officials and witnesses said.

2 in Zimbabwe's Ruling Party Die

Zimbabwe's state-owned television said two ruling party members had been shot dead by suspected opposition supporters in a rural district that has been gripped by political violence. The opposition Movement for Democratic Change denied any involvement in the shooting.

S. Koreans Protest U.S. Beef

South Koreans took to the streets in a massive protest against a government decision to resume imports of U.S. beef that they see as dangerous.

Officials Ready to Drain Lake

Chinese authorities prepared to drain a swelling lake formed by a devastating earthquake, completing work on a drainage channel to divert water that threatens hundreds of thousands downstream.

From News Services


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