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World in brief: Airstrikes kill dozens of suspects

Fri., March 26, 2010

PARACHINAR, Pakistan – Pakistani military airstrikes killed 61 suspected militants in an area near the Afghan border Thursday, including dozens at a seminary where Taliban commanders were believed to be meeting, officials said.

Alongside the religious seminary, a mosque and a school were targeted, local official Samiullah Orakzai said.

Some four dozen people died in the airstrikes in and around the seminary, while 13 others were killed in morning strikes at the two other sites.

N. Korea threatens nuclear strikes

SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea’s military warned South Korea and the United States today of “unprecedented nuclear strikes” over a report the two countries plan to prepare for possible instability in the totalitarian country.

The North routinely issues such warnings and officials in Seoul and Washington react calmly. Diplomats in South Korea and the U.S. instead have repeatedly called on Pyongyang to return to international negotiations aimed at ending its nuclear programs.

“Those who seek to bring down the system in the (North), whether they play a main role or a passive role, will fall victim to the unprecedented nuclear strikes of the invincible army,” North Korea’s military said in comments carried by the official Korean Central News Agency.

Student sentenced for killing snorer

BEIJING – A Chinese university student who stabbed his sleeping roommate to death because he snored too much was given a suspended death sentence, state media reported Friday.

The court in Changchun, capital of northeast Jilin province, handed down the sentence to 24-year-old Guo Liwei, who confessed to stabbing his roommate to death in November, the official Xinhua News Agency said.

A suspended death sentence is usually changed to life in prison after two years if the person shows good behavior.

Guo confessed to stabbing Zhao Yan, 23, in the chest and back in their room at Jilin Agricultural University, Xinhua said.

Guo was also ordered to pay the victim’s family $40,000 by the Changchun Intermediate People’s Court.


 

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