**Burma President Said to Be Considering Cabinet Reshuffle to Accelerate Change**
Burmese President Thein Sein is reported to be planning to reshuffle his cabinet and appoint a new vice president as part of an effort to push for quicker reforms in Burma.
Senior government officials were quoted in reports Wednesday as saying the president will soon drop several hardliner government ministers who were opposed to the recent political reforms in Burma.
Officials also say the government has confirmed the resignation of Vice President Tin Aung Myint Oo, a former top general who is close to retired military leader Than Shwe.
Since taking power last year, President Thein Sein has faced criticism from some in his government who are reluctant to give up the powers enjoyed by the military dictatorship that ruled the country for nearly half a century.
The reconvening of the National Assembly is seen as a key test of continued reform in Burma, because it will now include a small but important minority of lawmakers from the once-banned National League for Democracy.
** India, Pakistan Hold Talks on Mumbai Attacks **
The foreign secretaries of India and Pakistan have opened a round of talks partly aimed at strengthening a peace deal shaken by fresh tensions linked to the 2008 terror attacks that killed 166 people in India's financial capital, Mumbai.
India's Ranjan Mathai and Pakistan's Jalil Abbas Jilani met in New Delhi, days after India repeated charges of Pakistani involvement in the Mumbai attacks.
Jilani arrived Tuesday in New Delhi, promising India support in its fight against terrorism. He also urged India to share information about a key suspect who Indian officials say has revealed the Mumbai attacks were coordinated in Pakistan with state support.
Pakistan has denied involvement in the Mumbai attacks.
During talks this week, Indian and Pakistani officials will also discuss trade, confidence-building measures and the disputed region of Kashmir.