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World
    2015-08-05  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

    1. Taliban chief Omar is dead: report

    Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar died in April 2013 in Pakistan, a spokesperson for Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said on July 28 in a news release, citing “credible information.”

    Omar, the one-eyed, secretive head of the Taliban and an al-Qaida ally*, led a bloody insurgency* against U.S.-led forces after they toppled* him from rule in Afghanistan in 2001.

    2. 30 hostages freed from Boko Haram

    Nigeria’s army said on July 28 it had liberated* 30 hostages held by Boko Haram, including 21 children and seven women.

    Army officials said the operation to free the captives took place in the town of Dikwa in Borno State, which had fallen to Boko Haram twice since April and was recaptured by Nigerian troops last week.

    Dikwa is located around 90 kilometers east of Borno’s state capital, Maiduguri.

    3. Russia labels US NGO ‘undesirable’

    Russian prosecutors on July 28 designated* the National Endowment for Democracy, a Washington-based nonprofit group funded by the U.S. Congress, as “undesirable” — making it the first foreign NGO to be banned in Russia.

    The move is part of what critics say is a Kremlin drive against civil society, fueled by growing anti-Western action over the Ukraine crisis.

    They accused the American nonprofit organization of using local NGOs to undermine* elections and organize political rallies* in the country.

    4. World-famous lion shot by US dentist

    Cecil the lion, a famous black-maned* resident of Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park, died at the hands of an American dentist, conservationists* claim.

    They say Walter Palmer paid US$50,000 to hunt and kill Cecil with a bow and arrow. The incident occurred around July 6, with a professional hunting team reportedly luring* Cecil outside the boundaries of the protected reserve using a dead animal as bait*.

    It wasn’t the first kill for Palmer, who has multiple photos posted on the website Trophy Hunt America showing the Minnesota resident posing with dead lions, rhinos, water buffalo, warthogs* and other animals.

    5. Chinese loggers freed in Myanmar

    Myanmar announced the release of thousands of prisoners, including scores of* Chinese loggers, on July 30 in a mass amnesty* aimed at promoting “goodwill,” officials said.

    Authorities acting on the instructions of President Thein Sein ordered some 6,966 detainees — 210 of them foreigners — to be freed across the country after they had been “well disciplined,” according to a statement on the Ministry of Information website.

    The release included all of the 155 Chinese nationals handed long jail sentences for illegal logging in northern Myanmar near their shared border earlier this month.

    6. Debris part of a Boeing 777

    Malaysia said on Sunday that airplane debris* that washed up on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion has been identified as being from a Boeing 777 — making it virtually* certain that it was from missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

    Flight MH370 is the only Boeing 777 to ever be lost at sea.

    Experts hope the 2-2.5 meter wing surface and a fragment of luggage also found on Reunion could yield clues as to the fate of Flight MH370, which disappeared without a trace in March 2014 with 239 passengers and crew on board.

    (SD-Agencies)

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