US, India sign nuclear deal

WASHINGTON - The United States and India have signed an accord that allows American businesses to sell nuclear fuel, technology and reactors to India. The pact reverses three decades of U.S. policy and is a rare foreign affairs victory for President Bush.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and India's foreign minister, Pranab Mukherjee, signed the civilian nuclear cooperation agreement Friday in the State Department's ornate Benjamin Franklin Room.

The pact marks a major shift in U.S. policy toward nuclear-armed India after decades of mutual wariness. India has faced a nuclear trade ban since its first atomic test in 1974 and has refused to sign nonproliferation accords.

Pirates threaten to blow up hijacked shi

NAIROBI, Kenya - The pirates who hijacked an arms-laden Ukrainian tanker off the coast of Somalia threatened Friday to destroy the ship if no ransom is paid, a spokesman for the bandits said.

The MV Faina is surrounded by U.S. warships, and a Russian frigate is heading toward the scene, raising the stakes for a possible commando-style raid on the ship.

Venezuela tax agency closes McDonald's

CARACAS, Venezuela - The Venezuelan government has ordered all McDonald's restaurants in the country closed for 48 hours for what it calls irregularities in the fast-food chain's financial books.

The country's state news service says the tax agency issued the order. It affects some 115 McDonald's restaurants nationwide.

Agency head Jose David Cabello said authorities found inconsistencies in McDonald's books related to amounts owed in taxes, and ordered the restaraunts closed Thursday through Saturday.

Official: 10 killed in attack in Pakistan

PESHAWAR, Pakistan - An official said a suicide bomber attacked a group of anti-insurgent tribesmen in a Pakistani tribal region near the Afghan border, killing at least 10 and wounding more than 50.

Government official Sher Akbar Khan said the tribesmen had gathered Friday to plan the demolition of a main militant base in the Orakzai tribal area.