The US-led military attacks on Afghanistan should be stopped as soon as possible because the whole world sees them as a war against innocent civilians, Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf said yesterday. \nHe said he would ask US President George W. Bush to suspend the bombing during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which starts in mid-November. \nContinuing the campaign during Ramadan would cause trouble throughout the Muslim world, he said. \n"It is being perceived in the whole world ... as if this were a war against the poor, miserable and innocent people of Afghanistan," Musharraf told a news conference. \nMusharraf was due to travel to London for talks with British Prime Minister Tony Blair yesterday and from there to the US to meet Bush on the fringes of the UN General Assembly. \nMusharraf is a key ally in Washington's war on terrorism, which Bush has waged to hunt down Afghan-based militant Osama bin Laden following the Sept. 11 hijacked airliner attacks on New York and Washington. \nSince throwing his support behind the US military campaign, Musharraf has faced ongoing demonstrations by Islamic groups sympathetic to the ruling Taliban in neighboring Afghanistan. \nPakistani police were preparing yesterday to clampdown on radical groups ahead of a countrywide protest strike by Islamic parties opposed to US airstrikes against Afghanistan. \nPolice said lists of hundreds of Islamic radicals had been drawn up for possible arrest ahead of planned demonstrations after prayers today to condemn the US-led action against the Taliban militia and Pakistan's cooperation with the US campaign. \nPolice and Islamic party sources said this week's demonstrations could be the biggest test so far for Musharraf's government. \nTruck loads of heavily armed troops were stationed at busy intersections and key buildings in the southwestern city of Quetta, where police said a rally of up to 15,000 people was expected today.
BRIBERY CASE: President Tsai Ing-wen accepted Su Jia-chyuan’s resignation as he said that he deeply regretted causing trouble for the president due to the investigation Presidential Office Secretary-General Su Jia-chyuan (蘇嘉全) yesterday resigned after his nephew, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Su Chen-ching (蘇震清), was implicated in a bribery case related to a dispute over the ownership of Pacific Sogo Department Store (太平洋崇光百貨). “I resigned from the post so that President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) would not be bothered by it anymore, and the prosecutors can investigate the case in a fair and just manner. I thank President Tsai once again for supporting me. May the country continue to prosper under her leadership,” Su Jia-chyuan said in a statement. The Presidential Office said that Tsai has accepted
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The military last week sent “no small number” of Marine Corps officers to the Pratas Islands (Dongsha Island, 東沙群島) following reports of a Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) drill targeting the islands scheduled for this month. In an interview with Hong Kong’s Bauhinia Magazine published on Saturday last week, PLA National Defense University professor Li Daguang (李大光) confirmed that the Chinese army was planning to stage a simulated invasion of the Pratas Islands in the South China Sea this month. The islands comprise three atolls, with Pratas Island, at 1.74km2, being the largest. They lie southwest of Taiwan proper in the South