World briefs: Drone kills senior al-Qaida leader

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PESHAWAR, Pakistan -- A U.S. drone strike has killed a senior al-Qaida leader in Pakistan's tribal region near the Afghan border, Pakistani intelligence officials said, in the latest blow to the Islamic militant network.

Sheik Khalid bin Abdel Rehman al-Hussainan, who was also known as Abu Zaid al-Kuwaiti, was killed when missiles slammed into a house Thursday near Mir Ali, one of the main towns in the North Waziristan tribal area, said officials said who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Mr. Kuwaiti appeared in many videos released by al-Qaida's media wing, Al-Sahab, and was presented as a religious scholar for the group.

Mandela hospitalized

CAPE TOWN -- Nelson Mandela, the former South African president, remained in a hospital in Pretoria after being admitted Saturday for undisclosed "medical attention," officials said.

Mr. Mandela, who turned 94 in July, was undergoing tests for an undisclosed condition "consistent with his age" and was doing well, President Jacob Zuma's office said in a statement. The Nobel Peace Prize laureate underwent exploratory surgery for an abdominal complaint in February and was hospitalized a year before that for an acute respiratory infection.

Minister's mom kidnapped

LAGOS, Nigeria -- Kidnappers abducted Kamene Okonjo, mother of Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, from her home in the West African nation's oil-rich delta Sunday, Nigerian police said.

Finance Ministry spokesman Paul Nwabuikwu said in a statement Sunday the minister had received threats in the past. The abduction occurred in an oil-rich region where kidnappings that once affected mainly expatriate workers have increasingly targeted middle-class and elite Nigerian families.

Antigua to seek sanctions

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The tiny Caribbean nation of Antigua & Barbuda intends to pursue retaliatory sanctions against U.S. commercial services and intellectual property as part of its David-vs.-Goliath trade battle with the United States, the islands' finance minister said Sunday.

Minister Harold Lovell said that the tiny country of less than 90,000 people is accusing its neighbor to the north of hobbling its fragile economy by banning Americans from placing online bets with gambling operators, including licensed online casinos based in the twin-island nation.

Mexican singer in crash

MONTERREY, Mexico -- The wreckage of a small plane believed to be carrying Mexican-American music superstar Jenni Rivera was found Sunday in northern Mexico and there are no apparent survivors, authorities said.

Ms. Rivera, 43, who was born and raised in Long Beach, Calif., is one of the biggest stars of the Mexican regional style known as grupero music, which is influenced by the norteno, cumbia and ranchero styles. The mother of five and grandmother of two has sold more than 15 million records.

Also in the world ...

North Korea said it may delay a planned rocket launch after neighboring nations protested and Japan and the U.S. made preparations to shoot down any missile that is deemed to pose a threat. ... Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta led his ruling coalition to victory in general elections, according to exit polls Sunday, vowing to form a new government by the end of the year and build a super majority in Parliament.

-- Compiled from news services



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