U.S. Treasury chief,
new president meet

In his first meeting with any foreign official as China’s new president, Xi Jinping discussed trade issues with U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew on Tuesday, underlining the importance of U.S.-Chinese economic ties.

Both men stuck largely to boilerplate diplomacy in the short portion of the meeting that was open to the media, emphasizing shared interests rather than differences.

“I can say we have a seamless connection,” Xi said.

But in private, U.S. officials said, Xi and Lew discussed the increasingly thorny points of contention between the two countries, including cyber­attacks, China’s currency valuation and intellectual property laws.

The 45-minute meeting in Beijing came during the first trip abroad for Lew since he took his new post. In an e-mailed statement, a U.S. official who was not authorized to speak by name described Lew as “candid and direct in his comments.” The meeting also covered North Korea, the global economy and Europe, including Cyprus, the official said.

— William Wan

Suspect in Pearl case
detained in Karachi

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan —Pakistani security forces in Karachi have arrested a militant in connection with the killing of Daniel Pearl, the Wall Street Journal reporter who was abducted 11 years ago in that southern port city and beheaded, officials said Tuesday.

Qari Abdul Hayee, who is affiliated with Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, the extremist group behind a wave of recent deadly attacks targeting Shiite Muslims, was captured Sunday by a paramilitary unit, an investigator with the unit said.

The force was conducting a sweep for suspects in a devastating bombing two weeks ago in a Shiite neighborhood of Karachi. Hayee had been hiding in the city for several months, the investigator said.

Pearl, 38, was kidnapped while researching an article on Islamist militants. Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the al-Qaeda operative who has said he planned the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, also asserted responsibility for beheading Pearl. He remains in U.S. custody but has not been charged in Pearl’s death. An investigative report published in 2011 identifies him as Pearl’s likely killer.

— Richard Leiby and Nisar Mehdi

Coalition weakened
over Sri Lanka issue

A key southern ally walked out of India’s coalition government Tuesday, demanding that New Delhi push for tough amendments to the U.N. resolution on alleged war crimes at the end of Sri Lanka’s civil war four years ago.

The withdrawal of support by the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam party underlines the increasing fragility of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s coalition government in its last year of rule as the nation’s economy slows.

The U.S.-sponsored resolution poses a domestic and foreign
policy dilemma for New Delhi. Not only does it force the government to choose between upsetting a strategic neighbor and angering a key ally but it has also sparked concern that it could
invite similar censure of India’s actions in the disputed province of Kashmir.

The U.N. Human Rights Council will vote this week on the resolution, which calls on Sri Lanka to investigate war crimes.

— Rama Lakshmi

Zimbabweans approve charter: Zimbabwe’s electoral body said Tuesday that 94.5 percent of voters had cast a ballot in favor of a new constitution that calls for a strengthening of human rights and a curb on presidential powers after a decade of political and economic turmoil. But as the tally was issued, African and international law organizations voiced outrage at the jailing for a third night of prominent rights lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa on ­charges that she obstructed justice.

Pakistani teen shot by Taliban is back in school: Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager shot in the head by the Taliban, returned to school for the first time since she was targeted Oct. 9. The 15-year-old joined other students at Edgbaston High School for Girls in Birmingham, England, on Tuesday, according to the agency handling her media relations.

S. African police chief defends officers who shot miners: South Africa’s police chief said she stands by her statement praising officers involved in the shooting massacre of 34 striking miners last August and insisting they were “just doing your work.” Evidence before the commission questioning Gen. Riah Phiyega has indicated that some miners were shot in the back as they tried to flee and others were killed after they were wounded and no threat.

— From news services