Top Hamas leader killed in Israeli airstrike

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - An Israeli warplane dropped a 2,000-pound bomb on the home of one of Hamas' top five decision-makers Thursday, instantly killing him and 18 others, while the Israeli army said troops massed on the Gaza border were ready for any order to invade.

The airstrike on Nizar Rayan was the first that succeeded in killing a member of Hamas' highest echelon since Israel began its offensive Saturday. The 49-year-old professor of Islamic law was known for personally participating in clashes with Israeli forces and for sending one of his sons on a 2001 suicide mission that killed two Israelis.

Ghana ruling party threatens to boycott revote

ACCRA, Ghana - Ghana's ruling party threatened to boycott a district's presidential revote Friday that could decide the African country's next leader. But there was no indication the vote would be canceled.

Ruling party spokesman Arthur Kennedy said Thursday the situation in the western district of Tain is not conducive to a fair vote because the party's supporters were being intimidated.

Voters in the tiny district were unable to vote in a tight runoff Sunday because of problems distributing ballots to polling stations there.

Danish police arrest man in mall shooting

COPENHAGEN, Denmark - Danish police said they have arrested a man of Palestinian descent on suspicion of shooting and wounding two Israelis at a shopping mall.

Police spokesman John Jacobsen said without naming the suspect that he is a 27-year-old Dane born in Lebanon of Palestinian parents.

A court on Thursday ordered the suspect held for up to four weeks while police investigate.

Officials: Taliban ambush kills 20 Afghan police

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - Taliban militants ambushed a group of police while they were eating lunch in remote southern Afghanistan, killing 20 and fatally shooting the mother of one as she pleaded unsuccessfully for her son's life, an official said Thursday.

A Taliban spokesman, Qari Yousef Ahmadi, said two militants were killed and four wounded in the ambush Wednesday in Helmand province. Ahmadi claimed 32 police were killed, but Afghan officials put the toll at 20, plus the mother.