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WORLD IN BRIEF: Models pay tribute to McQueen

LONDON -- British media reports said supermodels Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell have joined Alexander McQueen's family in London to pay tribute to the late fashion designer.

The Daily Telegraph newspaper said the models were among about 100 people who gathered in a west London church to mourn the death of McQueen. The 40-year-old designer was found hanged in his London apartment on Feb. 11.

The Daily Mail's report on its Web site showed photos of Moss, Campbell and Stella McCartney attending Thursday's event dressed entirely in black.

McQueen's family lawyers had issued a plea to the media not to publish photos or footage of the designer's funeral so that the family could grieve in privacy.

Sunni party to contest Iraq vote

BAGHDAD -- A prominent Sunni lawmaker announced Thursday that his party would participate in parliamentary elections, less than a week after pulling it from the race.

The decision effectively lifts the lingering threat that minority Sunnis would boycott the vote, which the U.S. hopes will bolster national reconciliation efforts and pave the way for American combat forces to go home.

Lawmaker Saleh al-Mutlaq is himself banned from taking part in the election by a committee tasked with vetting candidates for ties to Saddam Hussein's Baath Party. He said he quit the party in the 1970s and yanked his party from the race last Saturday to protest his being blacklisted.

Official: Missile kills Pakistani Taliban leader

ISLAMABAD -- A Pakistani Taliban commander wanted in the deadly 2006 bombing of the U.S. consulate in Karachi was killed in a suspected CIA missile strike in northwest Pakistan, officials said Thursday -- the latest blow in a crackdown on militants in the region.

Mohammed Qari Zafar was among at least 13 people killed Wednesday when three missiles slammed into a compound and a vehicle in the Dargah Mandi area of the North Waziristan tribal region on the border with Afghanistan, two Pakistani intelligence officials said. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information.