Thirteen bombs exploded across India's troubled northeastern state of Assam, killing at least 61 people and wounding more than 300 others. Police were searching for additional devices that hadn't gone off. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks, but dozens of militant separatist groups operate in the region. Thursday's attacks were the third time in seven months that targets in Assam have been bombed. Last week, an explosion in neighboring Manipur State killed or wounded 38 people.
A new stimulus plan worth $300 billion was announced Thursday by Japan's prime minister to try to cushion the economy against a deep recession. "We're facing a storm that comes once every 100 years," Taro Aso said, revealing that the package would include loans and credits to businesses, expanded tax-exempt housing loans, reduced highway tolls, and other features. The plan is the second of its type in three months. Germany is expected to unveil a similar plan next week.