U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari have agreed not to let recent WikiLeaks revelations "cast a shadow on the strategic partnership" between their countries, a spokesman for the president said.
The two officials spoke over the telephone about bilateral matters with
reference to the recent leaks of U.S. diplomatic cables, the spokesman said. WikiLeaks is a website known for leaking official secrets.
CNN speaks to a spokeswoman for the Pakistan People's Party about the safety of the country's nuclear arsenal.
CNN speaks to Pakistan's ambassador to Britain about the latest WikiLeaks release.
The U.S. Treasury Department is forbidding Americans from engaging in transactions with three high-ranking militants in "Pakistani-based terrorist organizations."
The department on Thursday designated two members of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi - senior leader Amanullah Afridi and chief operational commander Mati ur-Rehman - for acting for or on behalf of that group and al Qaeda.
The designations also freeze any assets the designees have under U.S.
NATO's command in Afghanistan is "reviewing the circumstances" of the death three days ago of a former official in a southern Afghan province.
Haji Abraham, the former district chief of Gereshk District in Helmand province, was killed Monday.
NATO's International Security Assistance Force and Afghan troops were attempting to capture Taliban insurgents when "a joint security force" shot and killed Abraham, an ISAF statement said Thursday.
At the time, ISAF said, he "demonstrated hostile intent by brandishing a hand-grenade."
An Afghan minority group apparently emerged as a stronger force in the country's legislature, a politically sensitive result in polls badly blemished by fraud and security problems.
The Hazaras, a minority Shiite community, gained 59 of 249 parliamentary seats in the recently-certified elections, a U.S. diplomat told CNN. That's a much larger percentage than their numbers - which the CIA World Factbook says is 9 percent of a 29 million-plus population.
The result raises concern among Western and Afghan officials that security problems could worsen over imbalances in the U.S.-backed government's tribal and ethnic presence. And the stakes are high for the Obama administration, which is seeking stability in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region, regarded as the central front in the war on terror.
A British aid worker who died during a failed rescue attempt in Afghanistan was killed by a U.S. grenade, British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Thursday.
Linda Norgrove was killed early in October after being kidnapped in a remote region of Afghanistan.
Initial reports said she was killed when one of her kidnappers detonated a suicide vest, but the U.S. military quickly retracted that assertion and ordered an investigation into her death.
U.S. troops originally failed to admit that a grenade had been thrown during the rescue operation by American special forces, Hague said.