*Aung San Suu Kyi Begins US Visit *
Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi begins her 17-day visit to the United States in earnest Tuesday with events in Washington, including talks with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Aung San Suu Kyi, who traveled to Washington Monday, is also scheduled to deliver remarks as part of a discussion about Burma's democratic transition and challenges facing the country's future.
On Wednesday, lawmakers will present her with the Congressional Gold Medal, the nation's highest civilian honor.
While in Washington, the Nobel Peace Prize winner will make an appearance at the Voice of America.
Other stops on her visit include the states of California, New York and Indiana. Fort Wayne, Indiana is home to one of the country's largest Burmese-American communities.
*Suicide Bomber Attacks Foreigners near Kabul*
A suicide bomber has attacked a mini-bus carrying foreigners near the Afghan capital, killing at least 12 people.
Police say nine foreign workers, an Afghan driver and at least two other Afghans were killed in Tuesday's blast near the Kabul airport. The bomber targeted the bus on the main highway to the airport.
A Kabul police official said the foreigners worked for a private company based at the airport.
Afghan insurgent group Hezb-e-Islami claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was carried out by a female bomber in response to an anti-Islam film. The crude American-made video mocks the Prophet Muhammad and has sparked worldwide protests, including in Afghanistan. Hundreds of protesters clashed with security forces in Kabul during Monday's demonstration.
NATO confirmed to VOA Tuesday that it is scaling back joint operations with Afghan security forces amid a series of recent insider attacks and the release of the anti-Islam video.