Briefly World: Afghan officials arrest senior Pak Taliban leader

Afghan officials arrest senior Pak Taliban leader

KABUL: Afghan intelligence officers have arrested a senior Pakistan Taliban commander hiding in eastern Afghanistan, a security official said Tuesday. Maulvi Faqir Mohammed was arrested over the weekend in eastern Nangarhar province. Two Pakistani officials confirmed capture.

Syrian 'Scud-type' missile strike kills at least 20

BEIRUT: A Syrian missile strike leveled a stretch of buildings and killed at least 20 people in Aleppo, leaving residents combing through the rubble to find those trapped beneath it, anti-regime activists said Tuesday.

Tunisian PM quits after cabinet initiative fails

Tunis: Tunisian Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali resigned Tuesday after his attempt to form a government of technocrats and end a political crisis failed. "I vowed that if my initiative did not succeed, I would resign and ... I have done so," Jebali said.

Pak PM orders 'targeted operation' in Quetta

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf Tuesday directed authorities to launch a "targeted operation" against militants in Quetta following the killing of nearly 90 people in a terror attack in the Shia-dominated Pakistani city. The Shias, meanwhile, ended their protests Tuesday.

No more prisoners held incognito in Israel: Minister

Jerusalem: Yitzhak Aharonovitch, outgoing Internal Security Minister, Tuesday insisted there were no more anonymous prisoners being held incognito after the exposure of a top-secret case involving an Australian immigrant who died behind bars.

Gen Allen to retire, won't lead European command

WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama said he accepted Marine Gen. John Allen's request to retire from the US military. The White House won't go forward with his nomination to lead US and NATO forces in Europe.

Royal hoax call cost Oz radio network $2.9 mn

Melbourne: The radio network behind the royal hoax call in which Indian-origin nurse Jacintha Saldanha committed suicide, said the prank resulted inlosses worth $3 million.

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