Attackers strike sect mosques in Pakistan, killing 80 people
LAHORE, Pakistan -- Islamist gunmen and a suicide squad lobbed grenades, sprayed bullets from atop a minaret and took hostages Friday in attacks on two mosques packed with worshippers from a minority sect in Pakistan. At least 80 people were killed and dozens wounded.
The strikes -- the deadliest against the Ahmadi community -- highlight the threat to minority religious groups by the same militants who have repeatedly attacked Pakistan's U.S.-allied government and threatened to destabilize the nuclear-armed nation.
The tactics echoed those militants have used against government, foreign and security targets in Pakistan, but they had never before been directed against a religious minority.
Canada says $1 billion on security at summit a must
TORONTO -- Canada's Conservative government said Friday it had no choice but to spend nearly $1 billion on security for next month's G-8 and G-20 summits.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper's spokesman Dimitri Soudas said no government wants to spend more than $900 million for security, but he said it's necessary to ensure the safety of world leaders, thousands of delegates and the residents of Toronto and Huntsville, Ontario.
Harper's government has come under heavy criticism for budgeting $930 million Canadian.
''This is nothing to be embarrassed about,'' Soudas said.
Nuke session approves early steps to disarm
UNITED NATIONS -- The 189 member nations of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty on Friday adopted a detailed plan of small steps down a long road toward nuclear disarmament, including a sharply debated proposal to move toward banning doomsday arms from the Middle East.
The 28-page Final Declaration was approved by consensus on the last day of the monthlong conference, convened every five years to review and advance the objectives of the 40-year-old NPT.
Under its action plan, the five recognized nuclear-weapon states -- the United States, Russia, Britain, France and China -- commit to speed up arms reductions, take other steps to diminish the importance of atomic weapons, and report back on progress by 2014.