Al-Qaida militant said killed by US in Pakistan
An al-Qaida leader sought in the 2008 Mumbai siege and rumored to be a longshot choice to succeed Osama bin Laden was believed killed in a U.S. drone attack as he met with other militants in an apple orchard in Pakistan, an intelligence official said Saturday. If confirmed, it would be another blow against the terror organization a month after the slaying of its leader.
Pakistan: 58 die in militant-security border clash
A daylong clash between militants from Afghanistan who crossed the border and attacked a Pakistani checkpoint left 23 soldiers and 35 insurgents dead, police said Thursday, underscoring the challenges facing Pakistan as it tries to stamp out insurgents in its northwest.
The fighting came as a top Pakistani general said the military plans to stage an operation against militants in a tribal region that juts deep inside Afghanistan, but denied media reports of an upcoming offensive in North Waziristan, the tribal area where the U.S. has been pushing for action.
Outbreak in Europe blamed on ‘super-toxic’ strain
Scientists on Thursday blamed Europe’s worst recorded food-poisoning outbreak on a “super-toxic” strain of E. coli bacteria that may be brand new.
But while suspicion has fallen on raw tomatoes, cucumbers and lettuce as the source of the germ, researchers have been unable to pinpoint the food responsible for the frightening illness, which has killed at least 18 people, sickened more than 1,600 and spread to least 10 European countries.
An alarmingly large number of victims — about 500 — have developed kidney complications that can be deadly.
IAEA team says tsunami threat underestimated
U.N. inspectors faulted Japan on Wednesday for underestimating the threat of a devastating tsunami on its crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant but praised its overall response to the crisis as exemplary.
Libya rebels launch station to fight Gadhafi TV
Libya’s rebels have launched their first homegrown satellite TV station, trying to counter the regime’s powerful media machine, which churns out Moammar Gadhafi’s message, depicts the opposition as terrorists and drums up patriotic fervor by beaming images of burning buildings hit by NATO strikes.
Afghan president seeks to limit NATO airstrikes
Angered by civilian casualties, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Tuesday he will no longer allow NATO airstrikes on houses, issuing his strongest statement yet against attacks that the military alliance says are vital to its war on Taliban insurgents.
Pakistan detains ex-navy personnel after raid
Pakistani intelligence agents have begun rounding up dismissed navy personnel over suspicions that militants who carried out a daring attack on a naval base last week had inside knowledge, security officials said Monday.
Obama exhorts US, allies to bolster Arab spring
Holding out Poland’s transformation to democracy as a model for the world, President Barack Obama on Saturday exhorted Western allies and the American public alike to extend their support, energy and vision to those now reaching for democracy in the Middle East and North Africa.
Lawyer: Mladic knows he’s headed to the Hague
Serb authorities have stepped up security ahead of a nationalist rally opposing the extradition of former Bosnian Serb Gen. Ratko Mladic to face war crimes charges before an international court.
Extreme right-wing groups urged their supporters, mostly soccer hooligans, to join Sunday’s planned rally in front of parliament in downtown Belgrade. Organized by the ultranationalist Serbian Radical Party, the rally is seen as a test about whether Mladic still enjoys popular support after 16 years as a fugitive.
Obama in Poland to honor history, boost ties
President Barack Obama on Friday honored the memories of those slain in the Warsaw Ghetto uprising against Nazis, telling one elderly man that the memorial was a “reminder of the nightmare” of the Holocaust in which 6 millions Jews were killed.
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