World briefs: China accused of cyber-spying

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WASHINGTON -- The Chinese military has targeted U.S. government computers with intrusions that seek sensitive data, according to a report in which the Pentagon for the first time directly accuses China of a cyber-espionage campaign.

The incursions "appear to be attributable directly to the Chinese government and military," the Pentagon said Monday in a report to lawmakers on security issues involving China. The information targeted could be used to bolster China's defense and technology industries and to support military planning, the report said.

The Pentagon attribution of hacker attacks to China highlights an issue that has emerged as a source of friction in relations between the two countries. It was part of a broader annual report to Congress covering security challenges arising from China.

N. Korea warned on nukes

WASHINGTON -- Projecting a united front, President Barack Obama and South Korea's new leader, Park Geun-hye, warned North Korea on Tuesday against further nuclear provocations, with Mr. Obama declaring that the days when Pyongyang could "create a crisis and elicit concessions" were over.

Mr. Obama also disputed the notion that his cautious response to reported chemical weapons use in Syria -- a move he had said would cross a "red line" -- could embolden North Korea's unpredictable young leader and other U.S. foes.

Bombings tied to elections

PARACHINAR, Pakistan -- Three bombings in northwest Pakistan targeting individuals involved in Saturday's national elections killed 18 people on Tuesday, police said, pushing the death toll from attacks on candidates and party workers to more than 100 since the beginning of April.

Two of the attacks targeted candidates from Islamist parties, indicating a new trend in the pre-election violence, which had only plagued secular parties before this week.

42 killed in rebel raids

ABUJA, Nigeria -- Suspected members of the Islamist militant group Boko Haram killed at least 42 people Tuesday in raids in the northeastern Nigerian town of Bama, according to local authorities.

The attackers hit a military barracks, prison, police station and government administrative buildings. Twenty-two police officers, 14 prison officials, two soldiers, three children and a women died in the clashes, they said. Thirteen attackers were reported killed.

Cabinet reshuffled

CAIRO -- President Mohammed Morsi swore in nine new Cabinet members on Tuesday in a reshuffle that increased the role of Islamists in the upper ranks of the government but is not expected to herald any immediate policy shifts.

Two of the new ministers are members of the Muslim Brotherhood's political party, bringing the group's representation in the Cabinet to at least 11 of the 36 members. Others appointed to handle key portfolios are seen as allies of the Islamist movement.

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-- Compiled from news services



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