Pakistan to buy bulletproof buses for foreign cricketers

I wonder how reassuring this is actually going to be:

 Pakistani cricket chiefs on Wednesday approved the purchase of bulletproof buses as part of efforts to persuade foreign teams to return after a long suspension over security fears.

No international team has played in Pakistan since the March 2009 attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team bus in Lahore, which left eight people dead and seven visiting players wounded.

The cricket controversies continue. 



Is Israel bombing Sudan again?

Here's a story that's really flown under the radar today. The Guardian reports:

Sudan has warned that it has the right to retaliate after accusing Israel of carrying out an air strike on an arms factory, causing a huge explosion that killed two people.

Ahmed Belal Osman, the Sudanese information minister, said that bombs from four aircraft struck a complex and triggered a blast that rocked the capital, Khartoum, before dawn on Wednesday.

"Four planes coming from the east bombed the Yarmouk industrial complex," Belal told a press conference. "They used sophisticated technology … We believe that Israel is behind it."

Belal recalled a 2009 attack on an arms convoy in the Red Sea province in eastern Sudan, resulting in scores of deaths, which his government also blamed on Israel.

Israel never formally acknowledged responsibility for the 2009 attack, though Prime Minister Ehud Olmert wasn't exactly subtle in comments made shortly afterward, saying, "We operate everywhere we can hit terrorist infrastructure - in nearby places, in places further away, anywhere we can strike them in a way that increases deterrence. Everyone can use their imagination."

According to one WikiLeaked cable from Khartoum, the Sudanese government had originally thought the U.S. had carried out the attack... and for that matter, the embassy staff didn't seem quite sure.