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4 aid workers in Afghanistan rescued after threat

Afghanistan

4 Aid workers rescued after threat

NATO and Afghan forces launched a daring operation to rescue two female foreign aid workers and their two Afghan colleagues after learning the Taliban planned to kill one of the hostages, an intelligence official said Sunday.

The troops carried out the successful mission before dawn Saturday, swooping in on helicopters to pluck the aid workers from a cave in a mountainous area of northern Badakhshan province. They killed the eight militants holding them captive, said Afghan intelligence spokesman Shafiqullah Tahiri.

The militants hoped killing one of the hostages would pressure negotiators to accept their demands of a $1 million ransom and the release of five imprisoned colleagues, he said.

SALT LAKE CITY

Mormons join Utah Gay Pride Parade

More than 300 Mormon church members who are not gay drew shouts of approval and tears from spectators while marching in the Utah Gay Pride Parade in Salt Lake City.

The Mormons say they sought to send a message of love to Utah's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community by joining the annual parade Sunday. Their participation marked the first time such a large group of Mormons took part in the parade, organizers said.

New Mexico

Evacuation order for ghost town lifted

Residents will be allowed to return to the privately run ghost town of Mogollon today as crews battling the largest wildfire in New Mexico's recorded history continued to make progress.

The town was evacuated May 26 as extreme wind fueled the wildfire, now 377 square miles.

Venezuela

Alleged Colombian gang leader seized

Venezuelan soldiers captured an alleged Colombian drug trafficker Sunday who authorities say ran Colombia's biggest right-wing criminal gang and conspired to export tons of cocaine to the United States.

Diego Perez Henao, 41, was indicted in 2011 in Florida. The State Department had a $5 million reward out for his capture.

Elsewhere

JAPAN: The police on Sunday arrested one of the two remaining fugitive suspects from the doomsday cult behind the 1995 nerve-gas attack on the Tokyo subway, media reports said.

ITALY: Pope Benedict XVI said Sunday that the next World Meeting of Families will be held in 2015 in Philadelphia.

Iran: Iran's supreme leader warned Sunday that any Israeli attack would be answered with a "lightning" response.

Times wires

4 aid workers in Afghanistan rescued after threat

06/03/12 [Last modified: Sunday, June 3, 2012 11:33pm]
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