Top story: To officers in Pakistan's military, the country's most powerful institution, are increasingly disillusioned with the government of President Asif Ali Zardari. Gen. Ashfaq Kayani, in a meeting on Monday, reportedly took the president and Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani to task for corruption, and called on them to fire some of the most corrupt ministers in the 60-member cabinet.
Zardari has so far been successful at resisting the military's pressure. Following the meeting, his office released a statement that all sides had agreed to "protect the democratic process."
However, the Pakistani government's sluggish response to the floods has damaged the public's trust in its capabilities. Zardari in particular has been the target of public ire for traveling to France just as the crisis was mounting, and for not visiting the flood-devastated regions of his country for weeks after the crisis broke out.
Both Washington and Pakistan's military also remain concerned about the perilous state of the government's finances. The United States has been pushing Pakistan, where only an estimated 2 million out of a population of 170 million pay an income tax, to raise taxes on its wealthiest citizens as a precondition for continuing to receive international assistance.
North and South Korea prepare for talks: Hours after a historic meeting of North Korea's ruling Communist Party, a South Korean official announced that the two rivals will renew discussions over military matters.
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