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World Briefing - 2003-04-22

Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai is visiting Pakistan--where he urged the government to seal its border with Afghanistan--in order to stabilize an area where Al-Qaeda terrorists are thought to be hiding. Mr. Karzai said close ties with Pakistan has allowed both countries to track down Taliban and Al-Qaeda fighters.

In Bangladesh, the death toll continues to rise as rescuers search for more victims of two separate ferry accidents in Bangladesh. The ferries capsized Monday as tropical storms swept through different parts of the country. So far, 108 bodies died in the first ferry accident, 5 in the second ferry accident.

A second group of American soldiers has arrived in the Philippines to take part in joint military exercises with Filipino troops. These latest arrivals join hundreds of other U.S. troops who are already training in other parts of the country.

After a four-day chase through the high seas, Australian police captured a North Korean freighter carrying heroin worth an estimated 48-million dollars. Thirty crewmembers were charged in a Sydney, Australia, court with aiding and abetting the importation of a prohibited substance.