AFGHANISTAN: Taliban seize 11 passengers
Eleven people, including eight Turkish nationals, were captured ny the Taliban after their helicopter made an emergency landing in the east, local authorities said. The Taliban claimed the passengers were NATO soldiers posing as civilians. Local officials and a NATO spokesman denied that. The private helicopter was carrying mechanical supplies and technical staff from a project in eastern Khost province to Kabul on Sunday evening when it made a hard landing in the Azra district of eastern Logar province because of bad weather, a spokesman for the governor of Logar said.
JAPAN: Repair will take longer, UN says
A UN nuclear watchdog team said Japan may need longer than the projected 40 years to decommission its tsunami-crippled plant and urged its operator to improve plant stability. Juan Carlos Lentijo, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency team, said Monday damage at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant is so complex it is impossible to predict how long the cleanup will take. The government and plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. have to develop technology and equipment that can operate under fatally high radiation levels to locate and remove melted fuel.
PAKISTAN: No treason charges for now
The caretaker government told the Supreme Court on Monday it will not file treason charges against former military ruler Pervez Musharraf, leaving that decision to the winner of the upcoming election. The petitions before the court alleging Musharraf committed treason while in power constitute just one of several legal challenges he is facing following his recent return from self-imposed exile. The former military strongman was placed under house arrest over the weekend.
INDIA: Second arrest in rape of child
A second suspect was arrested Monday in the rape of a 5-year-old girl New Delhi police say was left for dead in a locked room. Pradeep Kumar, 19, a garment factory worker, was arrested in the eastern state of Bihar, 620 miles from New Delhi. Police said questioning of Manoj Kumar, 24, led them to the second suspect. They are not related.