World News Roundup: Guantanamo Trials, Iranian Oil Imports, Japan Nuclear Power, Korean Fire

By: AP
By: AP
9/11 defendants ignore judge at Guantanamo hearing...Clinton to press India on Iran oil imports...Japan

Four of the 9/11 plot suspects are shown at an arraignment inside the war crimes courthouse at Camp Justice, the legal complex of the U.S. Military Commissions, at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba, June 5, 2008. From top to bottom: Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Waleed bin Attash, Ramzi Binalshibh, and Ali Abd al-Aziz Ali. (Credit: AP)

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) -- A prolonged arraignment for five men accused of nearly 3,000 murders on 9/11 is in recess.
The self-proclaimed mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks and four co-defendants defiantly disrupted the military hearing that dragged well into Saturday evening. They knelt in prayer, ignored the judge and wouldn't listen to Arabic translations as they confronted nearly 3,000 counts of murder.
It wasn't until more than seven hours into the hearing that prosecutors at the U.S. military base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba even began reading the charges against the men.
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the admitted 9/11 architect, and the four men accused of aiding the 9/11 conspiracy put off their pleas until a later date. Another hearing is set for June 12.
The defendants' behavior outraged 9/11 family members watching on closed-circuit video feeds. In Brooklyn, Debra Burlingame, whose brother, Charles, was the pilot of the plane that flew into the Pentagon, says, "They're engaging in jihad in a courtroom."

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) -- A senior U.S. official says Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will use a two-day visit to India this week to urge further reductions in Indian imports of Iranian oil.
The official traveling with Clinton in Bangladesh ahead of her arrival in India on Sunday says the matter will be at the top of the secretary's agenda in talks with Indian leaders.
India, which has tremendous energy needs to fuel its rapid growth, has made some progress in easing its dependence on Iranian oil, but the official said the U.S. wants to see more.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity to preview Clinton's private discussions.

TOKYO, Japan
The last of the country's 50 nuclear reactors has been shut down for what's described as mandatory routine maintenance. But since last year's earthquake and tsunami led to meltdowns at the Fukushima Dai-ichi (foo-koo-SHEE'-mah dy-EE'-chee) plant, no nuclear reactor in Japan has been restarted after being shut down for a checkup.
Thousands of Japanese marched today to celebrate the switching off of the Tomari nuclear plant on the northern island of Hokkaido (hoh-ky-doh). The event coincides with Children's Day in Japan, and anti-nuclear activists say that's fitting because they're concerned about protecting children from radiation.
But the mayor of the town where the reactor was shut down calls it "extremely regrettable."
Some people want the plants back in operation because of jobs, subsidies and other benefits to the local economy.
The Japanese government has warned of blackouts and rising carbon emissions as Japan is forced to turn to oil and gas for energy.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- A fire has torn through a karaoke bar in South Korea, killing nine people.
Police said Sunday the victims were drinking and singing at the karaoke lounge in the southeastern port city of Busan when the blaze broke out Saturday night.
Busan police say they believe three Sri Lankan men and six other South Koreans have died after inhaling toxic gases.
Police say the fire has left 25 other people injured and one of them is in serious condition.
Police say the cause of the fire is under investigation.

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