Bombing kills 30 in Pakistan; 250 wounded

LAHORE, Pakistan - Suspected suicide attackers detonated an explosives-filled van Wednesday that destroyed a police building and sheared walls off a nearby office of Pakistan's top intelligence service in the eastern city Lahore. About 30 people were killed and at least 250 wounded.

Interior Minister Rehman Malik said the attack - one of the deadliest in Pakistan this year - could be retaliation for the government's military offensive to rout Taliban militants from the northwestern Swat Valley.

Recent assaults in Lahore, Pakistan's second-largest city situated near the Indian border, have heightened fears that militancy in nuclear-armed Pakistan is spreading well beyond the northwest region bordering Afghanistan.

North Korea threatens US, S. Korean ships

SEOUL, South Korea - North Korea threatened military strikes on U.S. and South Korean ships Wednesday and renounced a 1953 truce halting the Korean War fighting - an escalation of tensions in the wake of Pyongyang's nuclear test.

The threats, which follow Seoul's decision to join more than 90 nations in stopping and inspecting ships suspected of transporting banned weapons, raised the prospect of a naval clash off Korea's west coast.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton responded by saying North Korea faces consequences for its nuclear and missile tests and denouncing its ""provocative and belligerent' threats.

Roadside bomb kills US soldier

BAGHDAD - A roadside bomb killed a U.S. soldier Wednesday in Baghdad, making May the deadliest month for the American military since September.

Also Wednesday, the government's watchdog agency announced that nearly 1,000 arrest warrants have been issued this year as part of a crackdown on corruption. They include warrants for nearly 50 senior civil servants, the agency said.

The fatal attack occurred two days after a blast struck a U.S. convoy west of the capital, killing three Americans, including two civilians and a soldier.

The spike in deaths comes as U.S. forces face a June 30 deadline to pull back from urban areas.