• A Pakistani police officer and paramedics stand beside two dead bodies reportedly killed in a U.S. drone strike in the Ahmad Wal area in Baluchistan province, Pakistan, at a hopsital in Quetta, Pakistan, Sunday, May 22, 2016. A senior commander of the Afghan Taliban confirmed on Sunday that the extremist group's leader, Mullah Mohammad Akhtar Mansour, had been killed in the strike. (AP Photo/Arshad Butt)

    Senior Taliban figure says death of leader could unify group

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The death of the leader of the Afghan Taliban in a U.S. drone strike last week could make the insurgent movement stronger by bringing back dissident commanders and unifying the movement’s ranks, a senior Afghan Taliban figure said on Tuesday.

  • This undated handout image provided by the friend of Nizar Zakka Inc., shows, Zakka, a Lebanese technology expert and advocate for Internet freedom, second right, posing with his relatives at an unidentified location. Zakka, was arrested in Tehran in September after being invited by the Iranian government to attend a conference there. Although no charges have been announced, Iranian media has accused him of being an American spy, allegations vigorously rejected by his family and associates. (Friends Nizar Zakka Inc. via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

    APNewsBreak: Lebanese man held in Iran had past US contracts

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A nonprofit organization headed by a Lebanese citizen held prisoner in Iran received grants totaling $730,000 from the U.S. government for projects in the Middle East, The Associated Press has learned.