Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Al-Qaida leader Mustafa al-Yazid, has been killed

WASHINGTON (AP) — Al-Qaida is confirming on its website that its third-ranking official, Mustafa al-Yazid, has been killed. A U.S. official had said earlier that al-Yazid, also described as the terrorist network's top commander in Afghanistan, likely died in an American missile strike. It represents a substantial setback to al-Qaida.

JERUSALEM (AP) — Tensions in the Mideast are escalating, as pro-Palestinian activists promise to send two more boats to challenge Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip. This comes in the wake of mounting international outrage over the botched Israeli raid that left nine people dead. The renewed challenge to the three-year-old blockade of Gaza comes at a time of increasing criticism of the raid within Israel.

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemala has been hit hard by the first of the season's tropical storms, which cut a swath across Central America, leaving at least 150 people dead in its wake. Officials reported 123 dead and over 90 missing and homeless in Guatemala alone. Tropical Storm Agatha caused bridges to collapse, and emergency crews are struggling to reach isolated areas.

MIAMI (AP) — As if nature's calamities are too rare these days, welcome to the start of the Atlantic hurricane season. Government scientists predict that there will be 14 to 23 tropical storms in the Atlantic basin, including eight to 14 hurricanes.

BEIJING (AP) — Officials in central China report that a man firing a small automatic weapon burst into a court office Tuesday, fatally shooting three judges and wounding three other people before killing himself. The attacker was identified as a 46-year-old head of security at a district post office in Hunan province.

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