Suspected US missiles kill 20 militants in NW Pakistan

An MQ-1B Predator from the 46th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron takes off from Balad Air Base in Iraq, in this file photo taken on June 12, 2008. (Reuters)
Updated 17 October 2017
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Suspected US missiles kill 20 militants in NW Pakistan

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan: Pakistani intelligence officials say suspected US missiles have struck a home in the Kurram tribal region, killing 20 militants.
Two intelligence officials said missiles fired from a suspected US drone hit a compound in the Mukbal area near the Afghan border Monday evening. They added that it was being used by militants from Haqqani network and that one of their top commanders, Sangeen Wali, was killed.
They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief media.
The strike comes a day after roadside bombs killed four security troops engaged in a search operation for militants in Kurram.
Pakistan considers the drone strike a violation of its sovereignty, while the US accuses Pakistan of providing safe havens for militants, which Pakistan denies.


UK politician convicted of killing wife after his affair

Updated 17 min 26 sec ago
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UK politician convicted of killing wife after his affair

LONDON: A former British politician has been found guilty of murdering his wife after she found out he had an affair with their son’s partner, the mother of one of his grandchildren.
Stephen Searle, an ex-soldier and a former local politician with the euroskeptic UK Independence Party, claimed he had been defending himself after his wife, 62, attacked him with a knife. But jurors agreed Tuesday the 64-year-old was guilty of murder.
Prosecutor Andrew Jackson said the couple’s 45-year marriage had been under strain since Searle’s wife discovered her husband’s affair. He said Searle had probably put her in a choke hold, which he knew about from his military training, after “yet another” argument.
In an emergency call in December, Searle told police “I’ve just killed my wife.”
Searle will be sentenced Wednesday.