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Philippine Rebels Reject Proposed Peace Deal

Muslim rebels operating in the southern Philippines have rejected a new government peace proposal aimed at ending the decades long insurgency.

Negotiators from the Philippine government and the 11,000-member Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) held two days of talks in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur.

A rebel representative told Philippine television that the plan did not address the true concerns of Philippine Muslims. He said, however, that the rejection of the deal does not mean negotiations are over.

'Day of Mourning' Cripples Karachi

A general strike called to protest the ongoing political and ethnic violence in Karachi left Pakistan's largest city mostly deserted on Tuesday.

Karachi's main political party, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), called for a "day of mourning" in the southern port city, where nearly 100 people were killed during the past week. MQM says many of its members were killed in the recent violence.

Most businesses, schools, and government offices were closed due to the strike, and traffic was light in Karachi.

At Least 11 Killed in Yemen Suicide Bombings

Officials in Yemen say two suicide bombers have killed at least 11 people in two separate attacks.

Authorities say the assaults took place Sunday in the southern Abyan province, where security forces have been battling al-Qaida-linked militants.

Officials say one of the bombers detonated his explosives at a tribal checkpoint. Authorities say the other attacker blew himself up in the middle of a tribal gathering.

Karachi Violence Kills 17 People, Pakistan Army Chief Ready to Intervene

Pakistani officials say ongoing violence in Karachi has killed at least 17 people since Saturday, prompting the country's army chief to say the military is ready to restore peace if the government asks for help.

Authorities Sunday said the latest victims of criminal and ethnic violence in the Pakistani commercial capital include two children killed in a gunbattle between drug gangs. They said other victims' bodies were found dumped in the streets with bullet wounds and signs of torture.

Suspected Somali Pirates Hijack Tanker, 21 Crew

Suspected Somali pirates have hijacked a ship with 21 Indian crew members near a port in Oman.

Indian and Omani officials say pirates boarded and seized control of the MV Fairchem Bogey on Saturday while it was anchored a few kilometers off the port of Salalah. The ship is now reported to be headed toward Somalia.

The ship's manager, Mumbai-based Anglo Eastern Ship Management, says the Omani Coast Guard approached the vessel after it was hijacked, but backed off after pirates warned of possible harm to the crew. The company says it appears all crew members are safe with no injuries.

Suspected Maoist Attack Kills 11 Policemen in India

Police say suspected Maoist rebels have killed 11 police officers in eastern India.

Friday's attack took place in the Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh state.

Police say security personnel were ambushed by Maoists as they patrolled the area. At least five rebels were killed in the ensuing gunfight.

While Maoist rebels have infiltrated more than 20 Indian states, Chhattisgarh is the center of their decades-long uprising.

Suicide Bombing at Mosque Kills at Least 47 in Pakistan

Officials say a suicide bomber has struck a mosque in northwestern Pakistan, killing at least 47 people.

The attack occurred as more than 300 people packed into the mosque for Friday prayers in Jamrud, the main town in the Khyber tribal region. Authorities say at least 100 people were wounded in the blast.

TV footage showed a heavily damaged building. Inside the mosque, clothes and sandals were scattered across a blood-splattered floor.

Indonesia Reduces Sentence for US Sanctioned Terrorist

The Indonesian government has reduced the prison sentence for one of several individuals the United States has sanctioned for links to international terrorist organizations. The government's action is part of an annual prison sentence reduction program for inmates with good behavior.

More than 50,000 inmates, including 84 convicted terrorists, had their sentences reduced as part of the government's sentence remission process for Independence Day.

US Files New Charges Against Alleged Somali Pirate Negotiator

A man accused of negotiating a ransom on behalf of Somali pirates is facing new charges from U.S. federal prosecutors.

Mohammed Saaili Shibin was indicted this week in U.S. District Court on charges of piracy and conspiracy to commit hostage taking.

The indictment, made public Thursday, says Shibin extracted a ransom from the owners of a German-owned ship hijacked by Somali pirates last year. The owners reportedly paid $5.5 million for the release of the ship, the Marida Marguerite, and its 22 crew members.