Nationwide security forces in China went on high alert Monday after two men rammed a dump truck into a group of jogging policemen and then tossed explosives into their barracks, killing 16 officers in Xinjiang, China's Central Asian border province. The attack was one of the most brazen in recent years in the province where local Muslims have sporadically waged a violent rebellion against Chinese rule.
A rescue operation began Monday on the slopes of K2 in the Kashmir region of Pakistan after an ice wall collapsed, killing at least 11 climbers near the top of the world's second-highest mountain. A Pakistani helicopter crew picked up two Dutch climbers and was due to return for some Italians. Climbers of half a dozen nationalities were reported dead, with rescuers unsure how many might be missing.
Iran has tested a new weapon for use at sea, the official IRNA news agency said Monday, in quoting the chief of the country's elite Revolutionary Guard. The report provided no details about where or when the weapon was tested, only that it is "unique" and has a range of 186 miles, leading some to speculate that it's some type of torpedo.
Bangladeshis voted Monday ln the first phase of local elections, the first polls organized by the country's military-backed interim government since it took power in early 2007 with a promise to restore democracy.
A UN envoy met senior Buddhist monks Monday at the start of a mission to Burma (Myanmar), but it remained unclear if he would hold talks with junta officials and detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, diplomats said. The junta cracked down on antigovernment demonstrations in September by shooting and arresting protesters, killing at least 31 people.