Aide says U.S. can deal blow to al-Qaida

ASPEN, Colo.

aide says u.s. can deal blow to al-qaida

President Barack Obama's top adviser on Pakistan said Friday that the United States had six months to deliver "a knock-out blow" to al-Qaida's senior leadership in Pakistan while the group was still in turmoil after the killing of Osama bin Laden. Douglas Lute, a deputy national security adviser, said the United States needed to increase covert action in Pakistan to take advantage of the disarray within al-Qaida's ranks. His comment, at a security forum in Colorado, was interpreted to refer to drone strikes.

Texas

Storm fails to wet parched region

In the end, Tropical Storm Don was little more than summer thunderstorms. Some scattered showers were expected to linger over parts of South Texas, but the area's best hope for substantial rain in months collapsed Friday evening when the storm delivered less than an inch of rain. The storm had become little more than a low pressure system, the National Hurricane Center said.

FORT IRWIN, Calif.

27 rifles are stolen from military base

More than two dozen firearms have been stolen from a Southern California military base, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said in a statement Friday. It said 26 AK-74 assault rifles and one Dragunov sniper rifle were stolen from a supply warehouse at Fort Irwin in San Bernardino County on July 15. ATF Agent Christian Hoffman said arrests have been made and a rifle recovered.

NEW YORK

Paper's staff told to keep documents

New York Post staffers have been told to preserve any documents that may relate to phone hacking or payoffs to officials, as News Corp. prepares for an inquiry into its British operations to reach across the Atlantic. Post editor Col Allan sent a memo to staff Friday asking them to comply with the request from lawyers. The scandal began at News Corp.'s News of the World tabloid in Britain. • A British man who threw a shaving-cream pie at media tycoon Rupert Murdoch was convicted in London on Friday of assault and causing harassment. Jonathan May-Bowles, 26, will be sentenced on Aug. 2.

NEW YORK

Talks between U.S., N. Korea end

The United States said Friday it will consult with South Korea and other countries involved in formal talks to end North Korea's nuclear arms program after wrapping up two days of exploratory discussions with diplomats from the North. North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan emerged from Friday's meeting characterizing the discussions as positive.

Elsewhere

Spain: Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said Friday that he would call an early general election for Nov. 20, bowing to pressure from opposition politicians and business leaders after the governing Socialist Party suffered severe losses in local elections in May.

Times wires

Aide says U.S. can deal blow to al-Qaida 07/30/11 [Last modified: Saturday, July 30, 2011 12:25am]

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