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PakistanISLAMABAD - Helicopter gunships destroyed a training camp for suicide bombers in Pakistan’s northwestern Swat Valley, killing six Taliban fighters in an area the government had already declared clear of militants, an official said yesterday. The camp’s trainees were responsible for at least three attacks in recent weeks, an army spokesman said. Pakistan’s army says it is restoring security in Swat and nearby areas, but suicide attacks and skirmishes continue, with reports yesterday of scattered violence killing at least 12 more suspected militants.
Bush shoe-hurler to be freed soonBAGHDAD - An Iraqi journalist jailed after hurling his shoes at President George W. Bush will be released Sept. 14, after his sentence was reduced for good behavior, his lawyer said yesterday. Muntadhar al-Zeidi has been in custody since the Dec. 14 outburst, which occurred as Bush was holding a joint news conference with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. He was initially sentenced to three years after pleading not guilty to assaulting a foreign leader, then the court reduced it to one year because the journalist had no prior criminal history.
Second black box of Yemen jet foundMORONI - Authorities yesterday recovered the second of two black boxes from a Yemenia Airways jet that crashed into the Indian Ocean last June with 153 people aboard. The plane’s voice recorder was handed to a team investigating the crash. The flight’s data recorder was recovered using a remote-controlled robot the previous day.
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