PAKISTAN

21 police shot to death

Twenty-one tribal policemen believed to have been kidnapped by the Taliban were found shot dead in Pakistanís troubled northwest tribal region early today, government officials said. Officials found the bodies shortly after midnight in the Jabai area of Frontier Region Peshawar.

Cough syrup investigated

Pakistani authorities are investigating allegations that cough syrup has killed 33 people over the past three days, a government official said Saturday, the second time in recent months medicine is suspected of causing multiple deaths. The deaths occurred in the eastern city of Gujranwala and nearby villages.

Short YouTube reprieve

A ban on YouTube, which Pakistan imposed after an anti-Islam video caused riots in much of the Muslim world, was lifted Saturday, only to be reinstated ó after three minutes ó when it was discovered that blasphemous material was still available on the site. After months of criticism of the ban, the government decided to allow Pakistanis to have access to YouTube again, saying steps had been taken to ensure that offensive content would not be visible.

INDIA

6 charged in deadly rape

Indian police have charged six men with murder, adding to accusations that they beat and gang-raped a woman on a New Delhi bus two weeks ago in a case that shocked the country. The murder charges were filed Saturday after the woman died earlier in the day in a Singapore hospital, where she had been flown for treatment.

PHILIPPINES

Contraceptive law signed

President Benigno Aquino III signed legislation Saturday that will provide modern contraceptives to the nationís poorest people and mandate sex education in public schools, a spokeswoman announced Saturday. Leaders of the Roman Catholic Church in the Philippines immediately vowed to challenge the new law in the nationís Supreme Court and rally demonstrations in the streets.

Compiled from wire reports.