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The status of U.S. Pakistani military relations is still tied up in the Pakistani Parliament. Cooperation was suspended after a November incident during which 24 Pakistani troops were killed. Three weeks ago a preliminary review was approved by a Pakistani Parliamentary Committee, but the full Parliament rejected it and it was sent back to committee. In the meantime --U.S. troops are back in Pakistan at the Saichen Glacier to help out with rescue efforts, but Pakistani diplomatic sources say that won't affect the review.
Recent satellite images show North Korea is digging a new underground tunnel in what appears to be preparation for a third nuclear test. The Associated Press reports South Korean intelligence officials say the excavation at North Korea's northeast Punggye-ri site, where nuclear tests were conducted in 2006 and 2009, is in its final stages. This new development comes as North Korea prepares to launch a long-range rocket that Washington and others say is a cover for testing missile technology that could be used to fire on the United States.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta called Japanese Defense Minister Naoki Tanaka to discuss developments related to North Korea's announcement that it plans to conduct a missile launch in mid-April. The Pentagon says both reiterated their view that such a missile launch would directly violate North Korea's international obligations and UN Security Council Resolutions. Both leaders agreed to continue close contact leading up to and following a potential missile launch.
Argentina's president has asked the International Red Cross to persuade Britain to let its DNA experts identify unknown soldiers buried in the Falkland Islands. Thirty years after Argentina and Britain went to war over the remote South Atlantic archipelago, Cristina Fernandez says universal human rights demand that both countries work together to give those remains back to their families. Her remarks came in a speech on the 30th anniversary of the Falklands War.
The U.S. military is watching Mali very carefully. Five African presidents seeking to restore Mali's elected government are now meeting in Ivory Coast, after the planes carrying the heads of state to Bamako were forced to turn around because demonstrators supporting the military junta took over the tarmac, officials said. The presidents of Ivory Coast, Benin, Liberia, Niger and Burkina Faso were due to arrive in Mali on Thursday to press for the departure of the junior officers that grabbed power in a coup last week, reversing over two decades of democratic rule.
Did the man killed in the Toulouse, France standoff have an accomplice when he killed seven people before his own demise? A video apparently showing a gunman's attacks on soldiers and a Jewish school was sent to the Al-Jazeera television network but not by him. Al-Jazeera decided not to air a video that allegedly was filmed from the killer's point of view and show his victims anguish before their deaths.
Sixteen NATO service members, including eight Americans, have been killed by Afghan security officials or militants disguised in their uniforms so far this year. That would raise to 80 the estimated number of NATO service members killed by Afghan security forces since 2007, according to an Associated Press tally based on Pentagon figures released in February. More than 75 percent of the attacks have occurred in the past two years.
France suspend all security involvement with Mali following a military coup and appealed for the restoration of the constitutional order in the poor West African country. Drunken soldiers have been looting the presidential palace since they declared a coup soldiers and suspended the constitutions in Mali, one of the few established democracies in that region of Africa. There's no firm word on the whereabouts of the country's president who had been just one month away from stepping down after a decade in office.
An Afghan soldier shot to death a 22-year-old Marine at an outpost in southwestern Afghanistan last month. This is a previously undisclosed case of an apparent Afghan turncoat. It's at least the seventh killing of an American military member by his supposed ally in the past six weeks according the Marines. Lance Cpl. Edward J. Dycus of Greenville, Miss., was shot in the back of the head on Feb. 1 while standing guard at an Afghan-U.S. base in the Marja district of Helmand province.
The U.S. in Afghanistan suffered two misfortunes Thursday. The Taliban broke off talks with the U.S., and President Hamid Karzai said NATO should pull out of rural areas and speed up the transfer of security responsibilities to Afghan forces nationwide in the wake of the killing of 16 civilians, by a U.S soldier. U.S. officials say there is no immediate plan to pull out of the villages.