Pakistan's prime minister survived an apparent assassination attempt Wednesday when at least two shots hit his limousine as he drove toward Islamabad. Officials said Yousuf Raza Gilani was unhurt and brought to safety after the incident on the main highway leading into the capital. The incident adds to tensions as Pakistan's new civilian government is vowing to crack down on Islamic militants after ousting Pervez Musharraf from the presidency.Skip to next paragraph
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North Korea has begun reassembling its Yongbyon reactor, which can make material for atomic bombs in violation of US conditions for improved diplomatic relations, according to Japan's Kyodo news agency. North Korea said on Aug. 26 it would stop disabling its Soviet-era nuclear complex and accused the US of violating a disarmament-for-aid deal.
In a friendly-fire incident 30 miles north of Baghdad, US soldiers killed two Iraqi soldiers, two police officers, and two US-backed Sunni tribesmen early Wednesday in an inadvertent shootout. Iraqi forces at a checkpoint started shooting at approaching military boats on the Tigris River in Tarmiyah. They didn't realize the boats, which had their lights turned off, were American.
Ukraine President Viktor Yushchenko accused his rival, Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, and opposition parties of attempting a constitutional coup, during a live national broadcast Wednesday. Yushchenko's long-troubled government is on the verge of collapse after his allies in parliament pulled out of the ruling coalition with his Our Ukraine party and Tymoshenko's party passed a law curbing presidential powers and boosting those of the premier.