Boat in distress found off Indonesia
Australian authorities yesterday found a boat
believed to be carrying up to 180 asylum-seekers, which issued a
distress call after taking on water off the coast of Indonesia,
officials said. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) said
the defence ship HMAS Wollongong had located the vessel south of
Indonesia after officials called on boats in the area to offer
assistance to the stricken vessel.
India, Pakistan talks amid fresh tensions
INDIA: India and Pakistan's foreign secretaries
were to meet yesterday to bolster a fragile peace dialogue
undermined by political flux in Pakistan and fresh tensions over the
2008 Mumbai attacks.
West wants Russia to offer Assad exile
RUSSIA: Western nations led by the United States
are seeking to persuade Russia to host President Bashar al-Assad in
exile as a way out of the escalating Syria crisis, a Russian
newspaper report said Wednesday.