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News Wrap: Secretary Clinton Presses Pakistan to Intensify Fight Against Terror

May 27, 2011 at 12:00 AM EST
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HARI SREENIVASAN: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pressed Pakistan today to do more to fight terror. She said relations have reached a turning point since the U.S. raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

Clinton and Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, met with Pakistani civilian and military leaders in Islamabad.

SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON: Today, we discussed in even greater detail cooperation to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat al-Qaida and to drive them from Pakistan and the region.

We will do our part. And we look to the government of Pakistan to take decisive steps in the days ahead.

HARI SREENIVASAN: Clinton said the Pakistanis mentioned very specific actions they plan to take, without going into detail. And she confirmed the U.S. has been given access to the compound where bin Laden hid for years. The Washington Post reported a CIA forensics team will search the complex for al-Qaida materials that may be hidden in walls or buried on the property.

Three more NATO soldiers were killed today in Afghanistan. There was no word on their nationalities. Just yesterday, eight American troops died in back-to-back bombings.

A court in Serbia ruled today that war crimes suspect Ratko Mladic can be extradited to face an international tribunal in the Netherlands. Mladic was arrested Thursday outside this house in northern Serbia after 16 years on the run. Officials said police happened upon him during a routine raid. The former Bosnian Serb general is wanted in the murders of 8,000 Bosnian Muslims and other crimes.

The tornado death toll in Joplin, Mo., has risen again to 132. But the number of missing and unaccounted fell today to 156.

Meanwhile, search teams continued looking through wreckage, and forensics specialists worked in refrigerated trucks to identify bodies.

ANDREA SPILLARS, Missouri Department of Public Safety: It is a very thorough process. It’s very meticulous and complete and respectful. And we want to make sure that that continues. It is happening as quickly as possible, and as soon as — as soon as that is completed and next of kin is notified, then — then we will let you know.

HARI SREENIVASAN: Another round of severe weather hit overnight. Heavy thunderstorms around Atlanta killed at least three people. And parts of central Vermont got four to five inches of rain, sending rivers over their banks. At least 200 people were forced from their homes.

Crash investigators reported today that an Air France jetliner plunged 38,000 feet in three-and-a-half minutes before it slammed into the Atlantic Ocean in 2009. All 228 people on board were killed. The plane was two-and-a-half-hours into its route from Rio de Janeiro to Paris when it began to stall and then went down. The new information came from the black box recorders dredged from the seabed last month. They showed the plane’s speed sensors may have malfunctioned. The findings didn’t pinpoint the cause of the crash. A full report is expected next year.

In economic news, consumer confidence rose this month, and so did consumer spending, driven by higher food and gasoline prices. And, on Wall Street today, the Dow Jones industrial average gained more than 38 points to close at 12,441. The Nasdaq rose nearly 14 points to close well above 2,796. For the week, both the Dow and the Nasdaq lost a fraction-of-a-percent.

Those are some of the day’s major stories.