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Suspected US Drone Strike Kills 5 in Pakistan

Pakistani officials say a U.S. drone strike has killed at least five suspected militants in the country's northwest tribal region near the Afghan border.

The officials said missiles struck a vehicle Thursday in the Datta Khel area of North Waziristan. Some officials put the death toll as high as eight and said those killed included foreign militants.

Al-Qaida Warns of More Attacks

The leader of al-Qaida in Yemen is warning the United States of more attacks in retaliation for last week's killing of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan.

In a statement posted on the Internet Wednesday, Nasser al-Wahishi tells Americans that the "ember of jihad is brighter" following bin Laden's death and that "what is coming is greater and worse."

The warning from the leader of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula came as top U.S. Senator John Kerry announced he will travel to Pakistan next week to try and put relations with that country "back on track" after bin Laden's death.

More Than 20 Killed in Northern Somalia Fighting

Officials in Somalia's Puntland region say at least 26 people have died in fighting between government soldiers and Islamist insurgents.

Witnesses say Islamist fighters attacked Puntland troops in the Gal Gala area before dawn Wednesday.

The region's minister of security, Yusuf Ahmed Khayr, tells VOA Somali Service that five soldiers were killed and four others wounded.

Khayr says the troops then counter-attacked and killed 21 insurgents. Initial reports said the insurgents had seized control of Gal Gala, but Khayr says the government has re-secured the area.

Suspected US Drone Strike Kills 3 in Pakistan

Pakistan intelligence officials say a US drone attack has killed at least three militants in a tribal region along the country's border with Afghanistan.

Officials say the drone fired two missiles at a vehicle in South Waziristan.

The identity of the militants was not immediately known.

Pakistani officials have called for an end to the strikes, which they say are a violation of the country's sovereignty. U.S. officials have never publicly acknowledged the use of drone strikes against militants inside Pakistan but have privately confirmed their existence to various media outlets.

Five Killed in Clashes in Russia's North Caucasus

Russian authorities say four rebels and one police officer have been killed in two clashes in Russia's north Caucasus region.

Thousands of Mexicans March to Protest Drug Gang Violence

Thousands of people marched into the Mexican capital, Mexico City, Sunday to demand an end to the bloodshed that has claimed nearly 40, 000 lives since President Calderon launched a war against organized crime four years ago.

Mexican poet Javier Sicilia, wearing a T-shirt with the photo of his slain son, led the silent trek that began Thursday in the resort city of Cuernavaca in the central state of Morelos. Along the way, hundreds of people of all ages joined the 90 kilometer march chanting slogans to stop the violence between the government and warring drug gangs.

Egypt to Try 190 People for Sectarian Violence

Egypt's military rulers said Sunday they plan to try 190 people detained in connection with sectarian violence that killed 10 people in a Cairo suburb.

The announcement that those arrested would face a military trial came after an emergency Cabinet meeting earlier in the day to discuss the events of the previous day and night.

Egyptian Prime Minister Essam Sharaf canceled a tour of neighboring Gulf states and called the meeting in response to Saturday's clashes between Christians and Muslims. In addition to the 10 dead, Egypt's official news agency, MENA, said 186 people were injured.

Bin Laden Watches Himself on TV

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Bin Laden in November 2010

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