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Gunmen Kill Pakistani Taliban Commander

Pakistani security officials say gunmen have killed a Pakistani Taliban commander in the country's northwest tribal region.

Shakirullah Shakir was reportedly riding a motorcycle near Miran Shah, the main town in North Waziristan, when he was gunned down by assailants.

Pakistani officials say they do not know why Shakir was killed. He was affiliated with the Fidayeen-e-Islam wing of the Pakistani Taliban, which helped carry out the militant group's suicide attacks.

Mauritania, Mali Military Attack Al-Qaida Base in Sahel

Mauritania and Mali say they have destroyed an al-Qaida-affiliated base camp and are pursuing terrorists who fled along their common border. Security forces in Africa's Sahel region are on high alert following last month's killing of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.

Mauritanian army spokesman Colonel Teyib Ould Brahim says there were casualties on both sides when Mauritanian and Malian troops attacked a well-defended al-Qaida camp in the Wagadou forest region.

Bombing of Nigerian Beer Garden Kills 25

Suspected Islamic militants threw a bomb into a beer garden in northeastern Nigeria Sunday, killing 25 people and wounding at least 12 others.

Police and witnesses say the attackers drove up to the open-air pub in Maiduguri on motorcycles and tossed a bomb into the crowd of drinkers. Some witnesses say the attackers also fired gunshots into the crowd.

Authorities are blaming Boko Haram, an Islamic fundamentalist group whose name in the Hausa language means "western education is sinful."

Bomb Attack Kills 2 in Southern Thailand

Three bombs planted at an irrigation site in southern Thailand blew up Friday, killing at least two people.

Police say the first two bombs detonated, killing two workers in Narathiwat province. Several others were wounded.

Officials said police responding to the scene tried to defuse a third device, but it also exploded.

The attacks wounded 13 people, including at least four police officers.

About 4,500 people have been killed in southern Thailand since Islamist insurgents began their uprising in 2004.

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Four Bomb Blasts Hit Burma

A series of bomb blasts ripped through three Burmese cities Friday, wounding at least two people.

A Burmese government official says a bomb blew up in a house in the administrative capital of Naypyidaw. The home was located across from a market but no one was hurt.

Another explosion destroyed a car in a market in Mandalay, Burma's second largest city. Officials and residents said at least two people were hurt.

Residents said an explosion took place in Pyinoolwin, a city to the east of Mandalay. They said it appeared to take place at an unoccupied house.

Senegalese Violence Spreads, Opposition Gaining Ground

Senegal's ruling party has abandoned efforts to change the constitution after riots by opposition supporters in the capital, Dakar.

The protesters clashed with riot police on Thursday and demanded the constitution remain unchanged.

Opposition supporters said a proposed amendment would make it easier for President Abdoulaye Wade to stay in power.

The current constitution says a president must be elected with an absolute majority of the vote — 50 percent plus 1. The ruling party had sought to lower that threshold to 25 percent.

Gunmen Kill Pakistani Shiite Pilgrims in Bus Attack

Pakistani police say gunmen riding on motorcycles opened fire on a bus carrying Shi'ite Muslim pilgrims in the southwest, killing three people.

Wednesday's attack took place on the outskirts of Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province.

Officials say at least nine people were wounded in the attack.

Elsewhere, police say at least five militants were killed and two policemen wounded in a gunfight near the city of Peshawar.

Mexico Arrests La Familia Leader

Mexican President Felipe Calderon says police have arrested the leader of a powerful drug cartel, dealing a major blow to organized crime.

Calderon congratulated police for the arrest of one of Mexico's "most wanted criminals" on his personal twitter account Tuesday.

A government spokesman identified the gang leader as Jose de Jesus Mendez Vargas, also known as El Chango, or "The Monkey." He said Mendez had been apprehended without violence in the central state of Aguascalientes.

Al-Qaida’s Business Savvy Sows Uncertain Future

Osama bin Laden’s second-in-command has taken the helm of al-Qaida, following what many call a “corporate succession plan” charted out by the terrorist group’s late leader. This plan illustrates bin Laden’s business sense that he picked up long before he was the face of jihad, while working for his Saudi family's multi-billion dollar construction company. His knack for business has been critical to al-Qaida's growth, but it is also proving to be a vulnerability.