NEW DELHI, India (AP) -- India began withdrawing warships from waters near Pakistan on Tuesday in a new conciliatory gesture aimed at easing tension between the nuclear-armed neighbors, who are under intense international pressure to step back from the brink of war.
As Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld headed to the region to keep the pressure on, Indian and Pakistani forces fired artillery and small arms across their border in disputed Kashmir overnight, killing at least seven people.
The ship movement came a day after India announced it would allow Pakistani aircraft to fly over its territory after a six-month ban.
However India put off naming a new ambassador to Pakistan.
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