World briefs: Rights lawyer slain in Libya

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BENGHAZI, Libya — Even in violent times in a violent city, the death of Salwa Bougaighis had the power to horrify.

The prominent human rights lawyer, 47, was attacked by masked men with guns and knives who stormed the walled compound where she lived in the eastern city of Benghazi late Wednesday, according to officials and news reports. She died a short time later in a hospital of a gunshot wound to the head, according to Libya’s state news agency, and also had been stabbed.

Ms. Bougaighis’ husband, who was said to have been home at the time of the assault, was reported missing.

Drone policy faulted

WASHINGTON — Targeted drone strikes have become a centerpiece of the Obama administration’s counterterrorism policy, but a new report issued by a bipartisan panel of former intelligence and defense officials has concluded the approach constitutes a “slippery slope” toward a state of never-ending war.

The 81-page report, released by the Stimson Center on today, also points to the fact that the Obama administration has yet to conduct any “strategic analysis” on the cost-benefit of continued drone strikes in places such as Yemen and Pakistan.

The panel included retired Army Gen. John Abizaid, a former commander of U.S. Central Command, and Rosa Brooks, a law professor at Georgetown University, as well as a slew of other former senior military and CIA officials.

Missing Malaysian jet

CANBERRA, Australia — The missing Malaysia Airlines jet appears to have been on autopilot as it flew south across the Indian Ocean until running out of fuel, and the likeliest scenario is that the crew of Flight 370 was unresponsive, possibly suffering from the effects of oxygen deprivation, Australian officials said Thursday in announcing a new deep-sea search for the aircraft.

A report issued by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, outlining how the new search zone had been chosen, said the most likely scenario as the Boeing 777-200 headed south across the Indian Ocean on March 8 was that the crew was suffering from hypoxia or was unresponsive for another reason.

Hypoxia occurs when a plane loses air pressure and the pilots, lacking adequate oxygen, become confused and incapable of performing even basic manual tasks.

South Korean politics

SEOUL, South Korea —- South Korean President Park Geun-hye rejected the resignation of her prime minister on Thursday and asked him to stay on after her second nominee for the job stood aside over controversial comments he had made about Korea's troubled past with Japan.

The decision to keep incumbent Prime Minister Chung Hong-won, who tendered his resignation two months ago over the government's flawed response to a ferry disaster in April, heightened concerns about her ability to rule and push through reforms.

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North Korean leader Kim Jung Un today oversaw the test firing of new “ultra-precision” guided missiles, according to the official news agency... A military court in the Jordanian capital, Amman, on Thursday acquitted a militant Islamic cleric known as Abu Qatada on charges of planning a terrorist attack on a U.S. school there in the late 1990s...The German government is canceling a contract with Verizon over fears the company could be letting U.S. intelligence agencies eavesdrop on official communications.

-- Compiled from news services.


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