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April 26, 2015 8:30 AM Afghan province sees second police chief killed in six weeks

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) - The acting police chief of southern Afghan province was shot and killed by a fellow officer, about a month after his predecessor was also assassinated, authorities said Sunday. The death of the second police chief for Uruzgan province to be killed in six weeks appeared to be an insider attack, but it was unclear what motivated 26

April 26, 2015 7:30 AM UPI Almanac for Sunday, April 26, 2015

Nuclear disaster in Ukraine, historic election in South Africa ... on this date in history. The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Neptune, Uranus and Saturn. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury and Venus. Those born on this date are under the sign of Taurus. They include Scottish philosopher David Hume in 1711; naturalist John James Audubon in 1785; German 35

April 26, 2015 5:38 AM Acting Police Chief, Civilian Killed in Southern Afghanistan

An Afghan official says a gunman shot and killed an acting police chief and a civilian in the southern Uruzgan province. Dost Mohammad Nayab, spokesman for the provincial governor, said Sunday that Gen. Gulab Khan was killed late the night before outside the police headquarters in Tiran Kot, the provincial capital. The civilian killed in the attack was Khan's 15

April 25, 2015 6:28 AM Insurgent Mortar Attack Kills 5 Civilians in Afghanistan

An Afghan provincial official says that at least five members of a family have been killed after an insurgent mortar struck their house in the country's east. Sarhadi Zwak, a spokesman for the provincial governor in Laghman province, said Saturday that the attack happened late Friday night and four of the dead are women. Zwak said the attack took place 14

April 24, 2015 12:57 PM Afghan president orders inquiry into unreleased U.N. police report

KABUL (Reuters) - Afghanistan's president has ordered the interior ministry to investigate why a United Nations-funded report on corruption in the Afghan police force was ignored and take appropriate action, a copy of a directive seen by Reuters shows. "It was the Afghan government that blew the whistle," a spokesman for President Ashraf Ghani told Reuters 29

April 24, 2015 12:04 PM Two Osama bin Laden aides among group arrested in Italy for 2010 plot to attack Vatican: police

Italian authorities say the Islamic extremists arrested had planned a 2010 terror attack on the Vatican. An Islamic terror cell tied to Osama bin Laden plotted a 2010 attack on the Vatican — even importing a suicide bomber to Rome before scuttling the attack, officials said Friday. Wiretapped conversations during a six-year probe of the Al Qaeda jihadists 14

April 24, 2015 11:18 AM Taliban launch spring offensive with rocket attack on U.S. base

KABUL (Reuters) - Taliban insurgents shot rockets onto a U.S. base outside Kabul and targeted Afghan government buildings in a provincial capital on Friday, as they officially launched their spring offensive in a year that has already seen fierce fighting. This year's fighting season is expected to be intense after NATO forces ended their 13-year combat 28

April 24, 2015 10:52 AM Italy seeks info from US in drone strike hostage death

Italy said Friday it wanted more information from the United States about how an Italian aid worker was killed in a U.S. drone strike on the Afghan-Pakistan border as officials sought to explain why it took three months to be told about the "tragic error." Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni told Parliament in a hastily scheduled briefing that in an inaccessible 13

April 24, 2015 10:46 AM Killing of U.S. al Qaeda media frontman seen as big blow for militants

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - The killing of an American who directed al Qaeda's media campaign from his Pakistani hideout is likely to be a big blow for the militants, especially as they wage a propaganda war with Islamic State. American al Qaeda member Adam Gadahn, who faced treason charges in the United States, was killed early this year in a strike on an al Qaeda 27

April 24, 2015 9:09 AM Italy Seeks to Explain 3-Month Delay in Hostage Death

Italy's foreign minister is seeking to explain to Parliament why it took three months for Italy to learn about the death of an Italian aid worker in a U.S. drone strike on the Afghan-Pakistan border. Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni told lawmakers Friday that in an inaccessible war zone, where hostage-taking is frequent, it took that long for U.S. intelligence 16