Pakistan flatly rebuffed accusations by India's prime minister that its "official agencies" must have supported the November siege of Mumbai (formerly Bombay). The Foreign Ministry called Manmohan Singh's remarks a "propaganda offensive" that shifts the focus of the counterterrorism fight. But Pakistan said it is nonetheless examining the findings of an Indian investigation into the siege, which were handed over Monday.Skip to next paragraph
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Germany's largest energy supplier was bracing Tuesday for the loss of all natural gas flow from Russia as the latter's pipeline dispute with Ukraine intensified. Germany is Europe's largest economy, and alternative energy measures will not be sustainable over the long term, E.ON Ruhrgas warned. In Hungary, power plants were told to switch to other sources of fuel after the supply of Russian gas stopped completely. Gazprom, the Russian state-owned utility, and Ukraine blame each other for the disruption.
New questions arose about the health of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il after TV footage appeared to show that he didn't attend a huge New Year's rally in his honor in the capital, Pyongyang. Kim has not been seen at a public event since before North Korea's 60th independence day last September, and intelligence reports have suggested that he underwent brain surgery following a stroke. On Tuesday, the government released what it said were new photos of him visiting a new power plant, and later, a couple whose residence is heated by it. But the pictures did not specify an exact location or date.
In a stark warning, the magazine of the official Xinhua news agency said China faces "a peak period" for riots and protests this year. What the communist regime calls "mass incidents" will come, it said, from ongoing anger over official corruption, from the politically sensitive 20th anniversary of the 1989 crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators in Beijing, and especially from the faltering economy, which is leading to millions of lost jobs.