Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Pakistan Rejects Report

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Pakistan Rejects Report

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ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan's military issued an uncompromising formal rejection Monday of the U.S. military's report last month on a contentious border exchange of fire that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers, dealing a fresh blow to U.S. hopes of reviving a troubled strategic relationship.

In a statement, Pakistan's military press office described the U.S. account of the Nov. 26 exchange as "factually not correct," accused the U.S. of failing to share information "at any level" and rejected any responsibility for the bloody debacle. In the exchange, U.S. AC-130 gunships flew two miles into Pakistani airspace to return fire after Pakistani troops attacked a U.S.-Afghan ground patrol across the border in Afghanistan.

It was the Pakistani military's first public comment on the U.S. report since immediately rejecting it when it was released nearly a month ago.

Nigeria toll rises to 256

ABUJA, Nigeria -- Attacks by Islamic militants in Nigeria that killed at least 256 people in the northern city of Kano are challenging President Goodluck Jonathan's government a week after a nationwide strike paralyzed the economy.

The militant Islamist group Boko Haram said it was responsible for blasts at eight government buildings in Kano on Friday.

The death toll was confirmed Monday by Shehu Sani, president of the Civil Rights Congress, whose members helped carry the wounded to hospitals.

Plan to end crisis rejected

BEIRUT -- Syria on Monday rejected the Arab League's wide- ranging new plan to end the country's 10-month crisis, saying the league's call for a national unity government in two months is a clear violation of Syrian sovereignty.

Tens of thousands of people poured into the streets in a suburb outside the capital, Damascus, to mourn for 11 residents who were either shot dead by security forces or killed in clashes between army defectors and troops a day earlier, activists said.

An activist group said 23 people were killed in Syria on Monday. …

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