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8 theSun | MONDAY NOVEMBER 24 2008

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Pakistan
Frenzy over Obama
track” but said there were no plans
for a formal announcement on
Clinton’s appointment until after the
ready to join Thanksgiving holiday next Thursday.
The idea of making Clinton secretary
of state has been welcomed across the
India against political spectrum.

cabinet posts
The president-elect’s heavy-hitting

pirates off
cabinet took shape on a day of frenzied
reports and speculation.
The nomination of Geithner, 47,

Somalia president of the New York Federal


Reserve Bank and a former Clinton
administration official, as Treasury
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is ready to join Indian secretary and Summers, who served as
efforts to halt piracy off Somalia, Pakistani WASHINGTON: Hillary Clinton has already decided to accept the offer Treasury secretary under Bill Clinton,
President Asif Ali Zardari said on Saturday. accepted Barack Obama’s offer to to become the face of US diplomacy are seen as part of Obama’s efforts to
Pakistan was a small country without a big become secretary of state while the abroad. craft an aggressive two-year stimulus
naval power, “but if I am asked to do a little president-elect has chosen seasoned Senior Clinton adviser Philippe plan to revive the troubled economy.
bit, I can do that,” Zardari said when asked via policymakers Timothy Geithner and Reines downplayed the reports, while Geithner would become the overseer of
video-conferencing by a reporter at the Indian Lawrence Summers as his two top suggesting that the process of vetting a US$700 billion (RM2.5 trillion) bailout
daily Hindustan Times Leadership Summit in economic the Clintons, and moving towards an package for distressed banks at a time
New Delhi about the cooperation. lieutenants agreement with when the world’s largest economy is
India has called for greater cooperation to direct Obama, was staring at recession.
among navies under the UN banner as its the fight to going well. Obama on Saturday warned in a
navel force increases patrols, together with rescue the An Obama radio address that swift action was
Nato and Russia, to control piracy off the Horn (Left): Hillary economy. aide also needed to prevent a deep slump and a
of Africa nation. ... on track Reports said things spiral of falling prices.
The Indian Navy last week sank a pirate to become on were “on “We now risk falling into a
vessel off the Gulf of Aden in international wa- secretary of Saturday deflationary spiral that could increase
ters south of Oman. The pirates are currently state said our massive debt even further,” said
holding Saudi Arabian supertanker carrying Clinton Obama who will succeed President
US$100 million (RM360 million) worth of crude (Right): had George W. Bush on Jan 20.
oil, and are demanding US$25 million (RM90 Geithner ... Obama said the plan would aim
million) ransom for the Sirius Star, which they will oversee to save or create 2.5 million jobs by
seized around 830km south-east of the Kenyan bailout January 2011 and would be “big
port of Mombasa. package for enough to meet the challenges
Another three ships were seized after the distressed we face.”
Sirius Star was taken. banks NBC News meanwhile
Some reports suggest around 17 vessels reported that Obama
are in the hands of pirates along with over 300 would roll out the
crew. rest of his economic
Pakistan and India, two nuclear-armed team, including New
neighbours, have fought three wars since they Mexico Governor and
gained independence from England in 1947. ex-UN ambassador
But for the last four years they have improved Bill Richardson as
relations through a peace dialogue initiated in commerce secretary,
2004. – dpa today. – Agencies

Saudi says no asylum for


Mullah Omar
briefs RIYADH: The Saudi government on yes-
terday denied reports that it has offered
political asylum to Afghanistan’s fugitive
Iraq warns of consequences Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar.
A foreign ministry spokesman “denies
of early US pullout totally the report ... according to which
BAGHDAD: Iraq’s defence minister on Saturday Saudi Arabia has offered political asylum
warned of the dangers of withdrawing US forces to the Taliban leader,” the state news
before the end of 2011, a date set with Washington agency SPA reported.
in a security pact opposed by some lawmakers. The German news magazine Der Spiegel,
Defence Minister General Abdel Qader Jassim in its edition due to appear today, said
said withdrawing before that date would threaten Saudi King Abdullah had offered asylum
Iraq’s oil exports, enable neighbouring countries to Mullah Omar, quoting sources close to
to encroach on Iraqi territory and give free reign the Kabul government. – AFP
to foreign spies.
“The period of the timetabled withdrawal gives Pakistani court indicts five
us enough time to complete our abilities – training,
combat and technical – and secures us great sup- over Bhutto murder attack
port,” Jassim told a news conference in Baghdad. ISLAMABAD: An anti-terrorism court on
– Reuters Saturday formally indicted five people in
connection with the assassination of former
Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto,
media reports said.
Bhutto was murdered in a gun-suicide at-
tack in the garrison city of Rawalpindi, during
an election rally on Dec 27 last year.
The authorities accused Taliban leader
Baitullah Mehsud in the restive tribal district
of South Waziristan of masterminding the
slaying of the former head of the now ruling
Pakistan People’s Party. All the five accused
rejected the charges. The court adjourned the
case until Nov 29. – dpa

Hiker chased by hungry


monkey falls into reservoir
HONGKONG: A 46-year-old hiker was
recovering in hospital on Saturday after
falling 20m into a Hongkong reservoir
while running away from a monkey trying
to steal her food.
The woman was hiking with friends on
Friday when a large adult monkey tried
to snatch a bag of nuts she was carrying,
according to a spokesman for the emer-
gency services team. She ran away and
tumbled down a steep bank before end-
ing up in the reservoir. The woman and
her friends had been hiking in Shing Mun
Country Park when the monkey, part of a
group of grey macaque monkeys, began
pestering them. – dpa