US official: Al-Qaida terrorist died of hepatitis
WASHINGTON - An Egyptian al-Qaida boss believed to be the planner behind the foiled 2006 terrorist plot to blow up airliners over the Atlantic is dead of natural causes, U.S. counterterrorism officials said Wednesday.
One official said the strategist, Abu Obeida al-Masri, was also responsible for attacks on U.S. forces in Afghanistan and is linked to the July 7, 2005, attacks on the London transit system, one official said Wednesday.
Al-Masri is believed to have died of hepatitis in late 2007 in Pakistan's lawless tribal area bordering Afghanistan, a second counterterrorism official said.
Deadly clashes in Nepal darken eve of election
KATMANDU, Nepal - An outburst of bloodshed that killed eight people cast a shadow on an election Thursday meant to cement Nepal's peace deal with communist insurgents, stoking fears of more violence on voting day.
The voting for a new assembly is intended to usher in sweeping changes for this long-troubled Himalayan country, and will likely mean the end of a centuries-old royal dynasty.
But with one candidate gunned down, a protester shot dead by police and six former rebels slain in a clash with police, it was clear that fashioning a lasting peace in this largely impoverished, often ill-governed and frequently violent country won't be easy.
Britain's prime minister to miss Olympic opening
LONDON - British Prime Minister Gordon Brown will skip the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics.
He became the second major world leader after German Chancellor Angela Merkel to stay away from the opening ceremonies, although Brown's office insisted Wednesday that he was not boycotting the Olympics and would attend the closing ceremony.
6 wounded in airport robbery that nets $1M
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Robbers shot and wounded six people at Malaysia's main international airport before fleeing with $1 million, police and news reports said.
The robbers fired at security guards accompanying two currency exchange workers who were carrying a bag of cash at Kuala Lumpur International Airport Wednesday, the Bernama news agency said.
District police chief Zahedi Ayub said two bystanders were also wounded in the robbery. The victims all have been hospitalized with gunshot wounds to the legs, the reports said.