Thursday, January 18, 2018
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NATO kills a top al-Qaida leader in Afghanistan

Afghanistan

NATO kills a top al-Qaida leader in airstrike

The U.S.-led NATO force in Afghanistan killed al-Qaida's second-highest leader in the country in an airstrike in eastern Kunar province, the coalition said Tuesday. Sakhr al-Taifi, also known as Mushtaq and Nasim, was responsible for commanding foreign insurgents in Afghanistan and directing attacks against NATO and Afghan forces, the alliance said. The airstrike that killed al-Taifi and another al-Qaida militant took place Sunday, the coalition said. A follow-on assessment of the area determined that no civilians were harmed, it said. The coalition declined to reveal the name of al-Qaida's top leader in Afghanistan.

Egypt

Islamist says past won't be repeated

The Muslim Brotherhood's candidate for the Egyptian presidential runoff promised Tuesday he would break sharply with the ways of ousted autocrat Hosni Mubarak, a day after angry protesters burned down the headquarters of his challenger who served as prime minister in the old regime. Islamist Mohammed Morsi appeared to be trying to cash in on public resentment of rival Ahmed Shafiq's ties to Mubarak.

Elsewhere

Japan: The U.S. military on Tuesday denied a report that it has been sending commandos into North Korea to spy on underground military facilities, a mission that would violate the armistice agreement that ended the Korean War.

Myanmar: Aung San Suu Kyi, the opposition leader in Myanmar, kicked off a world tour on Tuesday with a visit to Bangkok. It was her first trip out of the country in at least 24 years. She'll return to Myanmar briefly and head to Europe in mid June.

Washington: The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected the last legal appeal for former U.S. hostages seeking compensation for their captivity in Iran three decades ago, leaving legislation in Congress as the last chance to resolve their long-standing grievance.

New Mexico: Two lightning-sparked blazes that merged in a southwestern New Mexico forest are close to becoming the largest wildfire in state history, fire officials said Tuesday.

Dallas: A man who threatened to shoot police officers during a 14-hour standoff in a construction crane fell 150 feet to his death Tuesday. He was unarmed and no weapons were found near the scene on the campus of Southern Methodist University, police said. The man was identified as Lee Dell Thomas Jr., 44, of Dallas.

Times wires

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