News in Brief

U.S.-Armenia Pact

WASHINGTON -- The United States and Armenia have agreed to cooperate against the smuggling of nuclear and radioactive materials.

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian signed the agreement in what is called a "joint action plan" that makes the cooperation activities official.

The document was signed Monday at the State Department and establishes a 28-step program to increase Armenia's abilities to prevent, detect and respond to attempts at smuggling dangerous nuclear materials. (AP)

Group Says Activist Arrested

TASHKENT, Uzbekistan -- Uzbek authorities have arrested a human rights activist and opposition party member on politically motivated charges of extortion, Human Rights Watch said.

Lawyer Agzam Turgunov was detained late last week with one of his clients, the rights group said Monday.

Independent human rights workers in the authoritarian Central Asian nation are frequently subjected to official harassment and intimidation.

Human Rights Watch says at least 17 human rights activists have been jailed on politically motivated grounds since the government's brutal suppression of an uprising in the eastern town of Andijan in May 2005. (AP)