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NightWatch 20110523


For the Night of 23 May 2011

Administrative note: A power surge by the local electric power company fried the NightWatch computer's power supply unit, the motherboard and the surge protector. That explains the truncated edition tonight.

China-North Korea-South Korea: Update. Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao told South Korean President Lee Myung Bak that North Korean leader Kim Chong-il was invited to China to learn from Chinese reforms and development and in the hope North Korea will remold its economy. Kim arrived in the eastern city of Yangzhou to look at the solar power industry and is expected to stay for three days.

Pakistan-Afghanistan: For the record. Afghan authorities said Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar has disappeared from his hideout in Quetta, Pakistan. The spokesman said he disappeared within the last four to five days, but could not confirm his death.

The spokesman's comments came after an unnamed Afghan intelligence source told reporters that Mullah Omar was killed by the Inter-Services Intelligence agency. Another source said he disappeared 11 days ago.

The Afghan Taliban denied Mullah Omar is missing or dead.

Comment: The evidentiary record supports no inferences about the welfare of Omar.

End of NightWatch for 23 May.

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