Myanmar: Detention extended
YANGON Myanmar's military regime on Tuesday extended the house arrest of democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi, refusing to bow to international pressure of the sort that persuaded the generals to let in foreign help for cyclone victims.
Suu Kyi, a Nobel peace laureate who has been detained for more than 12 of the past 18 years, had her detention extended by one year, said a government official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.
Her detention has long been the symbol of the regime's heavy-handed intolerance of democratic opposition to its rule, and there is a worldwide campaign lobbying for her release.
Afghanistan: 24 are killed
KABUL Roadside bombings and insurgent attacks Tuesday killed 24 people in Afghanistan, including 13 police officers, while U.S.-led coalition operations killed several militants, officials said.
In southern Kandahar province, Taliban insurgents killed nine police in a two-pronged attack before dawn in Shorabak district, said provincial police chief Sayed Agha Saqib.
Canada: NATO summit data
TORONTO The Canadian foreign minister who resigned this week for a security breach had left classified documents about a NATO summit at the home of his ex-girlfriend, the government said Tuesday.
But Prime Minister Stephen Harper said it appeared that no confidential information had gotten out.
The foreign minister, Maxime Bernier, resigned Monday after leaving the documents at the home of Julie Couillard, who has generated controversy for past ties to members of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang. Harper called Bernier's security breach a "serious error."
Mexico: 8 killed in shootout
MEXICO CITY Seven federal police and a suspected hit man were killed in a shootout Tuesday as authorities surrounded a suspected drug safe house in Culiacan, home to the Sinaloa drug cartel.
Four other federal police were hospitalized with wounds, and police took two suspected cartel members into custody, according to a federal police statement.
Mexican President Felipe Calderon sent nearly 3,000 federal police and soldiers into Sinaloa state two weeks ago as part of his campaign to take back parts of Mexico controlled by drug lords.
North Korea: Talks resume
The U.S. and North Korea began talks Tuesday on the communist nation's delayed nuclear declaration and the American political concessions it will receive in return, including Pyongyang's long-sought goal of being removed from a U.S. terrorism blacklist.
U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill said he met with his North Korean counterpart, Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan, to lay out the agenda for more detailed negotiations Wednesday in Beijing.
Poland: Lost Mozart works?
WARSAW A team of musicologists is reviewing 19th-century copies of musical scores from a Polish monastery's archives in hopes that some might prove to be previously unknown works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the lead scholar said Tuesday.
"The scores could be compilations from various Mozart works, or compositions by other authors just signed in his name, or in the luckiest case for us they could be unknown authentic Mozart," Remigiusz Pospiech, head of the research team, said.