Sunday, February 18, 2018
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Haqqani militant leader killed in Pakistan

Islamabad, Pakistan

Militant leader killed in pakistan

A senior leader of the feared Haqqani militant network was shot dead on the outskirts of the Pakistani capital, officials said Monday, in a new blow to the close-knit cluster of militant groups that shelter in northwestern Pakistan. Nasiruddin Haqqani, a son of the militant group's founder, the Afghan warlord Jalaluddin Haqqani, was gunned down Sunday night by a man riding a motorcycle, witnesses told Pakistani media outlets. Intelligence officials think he was a chief fundraiser for the Haqqani network, one of the most lethal elements of the insurgency in Afghanistan, and he was designated as a "global terrorist" by the United States in 2010. The killing added to an impression of increased turbulence for the militant groups in Pakistan's tribal belt, including al-Qaida, the Pakistani Taliban and the Haqqani network.

Beirut, Lebanon

Syria opposition votes to attend peace talks

Under intense U.S., British and European pressure, the main Syrian exile opposition coalition voted Monday to attend peace talks sponsored by the United States and Russia in Geneva if certain conditions were met, including full access for delivery of humanitarian aid and release of prisoners. But the coalition retained its demand that Syrian President Bashar Assad play no role in any future political transition, a condition the Syrian government rejects.

Houston

Two charged in Texas party shootings

Two suspects have been charged in a shooting at a house party in suburban Houston that killed two teenagers and injured 19 others, authorities said Monday. Investigators said they still think the deadly shooting started as a result of celebratory gunfire. Willie Young, 21, is charged with deadly conduct, and Randy Stewart, 18, is charged with aggravated assault, according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office. Bail for each suspect was set at $250,000.

Rome

Witness: I saw captain flee ship

A witness in the Costa Concordia shipwreck trial has described how the captain jumped aboard a lifeboat, testifying how the commander wasn't the last to abandon the rapidly capsizing luxury cruise ship. Francesco Schettino, the captain, is being tried for alleged manslaughter, abandoning ship and causing the shipwreck near the Tuscan island of Giglio in January 2012. Thirty-two people died.

Monterrey, Mexico

Officials: U.S. man led kidnapping ring

Mexican authorities say a U.S. citizen who once served in the Navy and was a police officer in Texas has been detained in northern Mexico for allegedly heading a group of kidnappers. Nuevo Leon state security spokesman Jorge Domene said Monday the man, who has not been named, and 15 alleged accomplices were detained.

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