Pakistan: US should share Afghan plans
ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan expressed fear Friday that a large increase in foreign troops in Afghanistan could push militants across the border into its territory and called on the U.S. to factor in that concern as part of its new war strategy.
The Pakistani concerns, raised by the prime minister during a meeting with visiting CIA director Leon Panetta, could pose another headache for President Barack Obama as he weighs military proposals to send 10,000 to 40,000 additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan next year.
Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said the United States must fully share its plans for Afghanistan with Pakistan so that it can contribute to them, according to a statement from his office.
Russian ship frees itself from ice in Antarctic
MOSCOW -- A Russian ship reached open water off Antarctica after struggling through a huge mass of sea ice for days, a Russian shipping company and a British travel agency said Friday.
The icebreaker Captain Khlebnikov, with 101 passengers on board, got stuck in the ice earlier this week near Snow Hill Island in the Weddell Sea. It took the ship five days to get out of the ice, Fareastern Shipping Co. spokeswoman Tatyana Kulikova said.
Floods plague Lake District, much of Ireland
COCKERMOUTH, England -- A British police officer was swept to his death Friday as raging floods engulfed northern England's picturesque Lake District following the heaviest rainfall ever recorded in Britain.
The 44-year-old officer died as a bridge collapsed under pressure from surging waters.
Military helicopters winched dozens of people to safety and emergency workers in bright orange inflatable boats rescued scores more.
British soldiers conducted house-to-house searches for those trapped by floods as deep as 8 feet. Troops also dropped down on lines from Royal Air Force helicopters, breaking through rooftops to pluck people to safety.
Emergency services said more than 200 people were rescued in the hardest-hit town, Cockermouth. At least 960 homes were flooded after a day of unprecedented rain, police in the northern region of Cumbria said.