Thailand and Burma to Reopen border.(WORLD)(BRIEFLY: WESTERN ASIA)
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Thailand and Burma to reopen border
BANGKOK - Burma and Thailand will begin reopening their border checkpoints as early as tomorrow, ending a three-month closure sparked by skirmishes that kicked off a diplomatic row, officials said this week.
"Myanmar said it will definitely reopen the border checkpoints, but there is no date set yet," government officials quoted Thai Foreign Minister Surakiart Sathirathai as saying, using the name the military junta in Rangoon uses for Burma.
Mr. Surakiart added that the checkpoints, which Burma slammed shut after its troops clashed with ethnic rebels in May, were to reopen one by one, with the first to be cleared as early as tomorrow.
Bin Laden linked to Masood killing
KABUL, Afghanistan - Osama bin Laden ordered the assassination of Afghan opposition leader Ahmed Shah Masood days before the September 11 attacks, a former Taliban official says - the first time a Taliban insider has discussed bin Laden's role.
Gen. Masood, military chief of the Northern Alliance, was mortally wounded Sept. 9 when two suicide attackers posing as television reporters detonated a bomb during an interview at Khodja Bahauddin, in Takhar province.
In an interview with the Associated Press, Mullah Mohammed Khaksar, the former Taliban deputy interior minister, said bin Laden ordered two suicide bombers to be diverted from a trip to Indonesia and sent them on the mission. …