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WORLD IN BRIEF: Bin Laden's photo digitally updated for age

Bin Laden's photo digitally updated for age

WASHINGTON —The U.S. State Department has updated its 1998 file photo of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, digitally altering it to account for a decade of age and possible changes in his facial hair.

There is a $25 million bounty on bin Laden's head for the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks and the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in Tanzania and Kenya. Bin Laden is now 52. And he is believed to be hiding in the lawless Pakistan frontier bordering Afghanistan, though his exact whereabouts have been unknown since late 2001.

Yemen says airstrike killed al-Qaida chief

SAN'A, Yemen — Yemeni warplanes struck outside a desert village near the border with Saudi Arabia on Friday, killing six al-Qaida operatives, including the group's top military leader in the country, security officials said.

The military chief, who escaped a government attack targeting him last month, was one of Yemen's most-wanted militants and had plotted to assassinate the U.S. ambassador.

Earthquake rattles eastern Venezuela

CARACAS, Venezuela — A moderate earthquake shook eastern Venezuela on Friday, but officials said there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

The quake had a preliminary magnitude of 5.6 and was centered 25 miles west of the town of Carupano, the U.S. Geological Survey reported on its Web site.

Rocket strikes diplomatic area in Afghanistan

KABUL — A rocket slammed into a Kabul district housing several embassies Friday, the latest in a series of attacks in the Afghan capital despite heavy security measures.

No casualties were reported in the nighttime blast, which occurred in the Wazir Akbar Khan district that includes the German, Japanese and British embassies.