SNIPPETS

Four US soldiers hurt

KABUL: Militants detonated a roadside bomb near a US humvee in the southeastern Ghazni province on Tuesday, injuring four American soldiers and an interpreter in the second bloody attack on US forces here in as many days. — AFP

Pirates hijack tanker

KUALA LUMPUR: Pirates hijacked a Malaysian-registered tanker on Tuesday and held the crew hostage for nearly 12 hours before surrendering to police and naval forces who laid siege on the ship, authorities said. — AP

No dates fixed

BEIJING: China said on Tuesday there were still no dates for resuming six-nation talks on North Korea’s nuclear programme, despite the recent flurry of international diplomacy aimed at getting Pyongyang back to stalled negotiations. — AP

Death for Pakistani

JAKARTA: An Indonesian court on Tuesday sentenced Zulfikar Ali, a Pakistani, to death for drug trafficking, the latest in a series of death sentences against foreigners. Ali was found guilty of trafficking 300 grammes of heroin. — AFP

Trial of ex-premier

YANGON: Myanmar’s Supreme Court has begun hearing the junta’s case against former premier and military intelligence boss Khin Nyunt, who was sacked in October and accused of corruption, legal sources said on Tuesday. — AFP