Pakistan-India bus service opens for first time

The first Pakistani bus left for India on Friday in a new cross-border service opened amid efforts to improve ties after a half-century of hostile relations. The bus rolled out amid the beating of drums from the eastern city of Lahore to Amritsar in India, the 26 passengers showered with rose petals as they boarded. The two countries signed an agreement in December starting two buses every week between Lahore and Amritsar. The first bus from Amritsar is scheduled to leave for Lahore on Jan. 24.