Obama closes summit
President Barack Obama, closing a nuclear security summit Tuesday, sought a thaw in the diplomatic chill with Pakistan, a critical but difficult U.S. partner whose nuclear weapons and historical links to terrorism make its arsenal among the world’s most vulnerable. Obama’s meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani broke a four-month moratorium on direct top level contacts between the United States and Pakistan.
False report of attack
The Afghan Defense Ministry was locked down for two hours Tuesday after an intelligence report warned that the highly secured compound in the heart of Kabul was under threat of attack. Afghan officials said later the report was false. In other incidents across Afghanistan, a NATO service member died in an explosion in the south, and a militant who led operations for an al-Qaida-linked terror group was killed by Afghan and coalition troops in the north.
Nuclear plant assessed
One of Japan’s crippled nuclear reactors still has fatally high radiation levels and hardly any water to cool it, according to an internal examination Tuesday that renews doubts about the plant’s stability. A tool equipped with a tiny video camera, a thermometer, a dosimeter and a water gauge was used to assess damage inside the No. 2 reactor’s containment chamber for the second time since the tsunami swept into the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant a year ago.
Defense denies crime
Lawyers defending Dominique Strauss-Kahn against allegations he was involved in a French prostitution ring say he is being unfairly targeted for his active extramarital sex life and committed no crime. They are also protesting a judge’s order barring the former International Monetary Fund chief from talking to the media pending further investigation.
Compiled from wire reports.