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Source: Pakistan Taliban leader believed dead

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) – The leader of the Pakistani Taliban, the militant movement that poses the gravest security threat to the country, is believed to have been killed by a U.S. drone strike, four Pakistan intelligence officials told Reuters on Sunday. The officials said they intercepted wireless radio chatter between Taliban fighters detailing…

Italy liner captain blamed for ‘errors’

The owner of the luxury liner that ran aground off the coast of Italy said its captain had made “errors of judgment” as officials warned Monday the wreck was an ecological timebomb. The death toll from Friday’s disaster rose to six with the discovery early Monday of another body, as…

Thirty injured as Romanian protest turns violent

BUCHAREST — More than 30 people were injured Sunday during a protest that turned violent in Romania’s capital, with demonstrators throwing stones and riot police using tear gas, medical sources said. “We have so far registered 33 injured,” Cristian Grasu, the head of Bucharest’s ambulance service, told AFP. “Fifteen of…

Canada’s Liberal Party backs legalization of marijuana

MONTREAL — Canada’s Liberal Party overwhelmingly passed a motion Sunday proposing the legalization of marijuana on the last day of its national convention, at which Michael Crawley was chosen as its new leader. The motion says that, if elected, a Liberal government “will legalize marijuana and ensure the regulation and…

Major U.S.-Israel military drill postponed

JERUSALEM — Israel and the United States have agreed to postpone a major military defence exercise scheduled for spring, a senior security official said Sunday, amid rising regional tension over Iran’s nuclear programme. “Israel and the United States have agreed to postpone the manoeuvre planned for spring,” the official said…

China vows cooperation with Taiwan after poll

BEIJING — China said it will cooperate with Taiwan after the Beijing-friendly leader Ma Ying-jeou claimed victory in the island’s presidential polls. Ma, of the Kuomintang (KMT) party, won a second term as Taiwan’s president after four years of policies that have seen the most dramatic thaw in the island’s…

Afghan militant leader ‘ready for talks’

KABUL — The leader of Afghanistan’s second-biggest insurgent group said in an interview published Sunday that he was ready for “meaningful talks” with all parties to end the decade-long war. The statement by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, head of Hezb-i-Islami, comes after an announcement by the main insurgent group, the Taliban, that…

Seven police killed in Iraq compound siege

RAMADI, Iraq — A wave of attacks and a three-hour siege of a police compound in west Iraq left seven policemen dead Sunday, raising doubts about the security forces’ capabilities a month after US troops left. The coordinated blasts and shootings come with the country mired in a festering political…

UN chief tells Assad: ‘Stop killing your people’

BEIRUT — UN chief Ban Ki-moon issued a call to Syria’s Bashar al-Assad to stop killing his people, warning the embattled president he was heading for a dead end. “Today, I say again to President Assad of Syria: Stop the violence. Stop killing your people. The path of repression is…

Retired general assumes presidency in Guatemala

Retired general Otto Perez was sworn in Saturday as president of Guatemala, assuming power in a country awash in drug-related violence that he has promised to tackle with the military’s help. A veteran of a bloody war against leftist insurgents, Perez, 61, is the first military man to rule Guatemala…

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