Oct 1, 2011, 11:05 p.m.

Yemen official decries call for Saleh to quit

SANAA (Reuters) - The United States showed a lack of respect for democracy and its partners in fighting terrorism by renewing its call for Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down, a Yemeni official said on Saturday. Washington made its call for Saleh to resign on the day it announced that a CIA drone strike had killed Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S.-born cleric regarded as one of al Qaeda's most eloquent English propagandists, in Yemen's northern al-Jawf province.

Tunisia opens first election campaign since uprising

TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisia's cities were decorated with posters for hundreds of candidates from scores of new parties when campaigning began on Saturday for what is billed as the first free election in the country's history. Nine months after an uprising that deposed former President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and inspired the Arab Spring, Tunisians elect politicians on October 23 to an assembly that will rewrite the country's constitution.

NATO captures senior Haqqani commander in Afghanistan

KABUL (Reuters) - NATO-led forces said on Saturday that they had captured the senior commander for the Haqqani network in Afghanistan, Haji Mali Khan, during an operation in eastern Paktia province earlier in the week. Khan is "the uncle of Siraj and Badruddin Haqqani ... one of the highest ranking members of the Haqqani network and a revered elder of the Haqqani clan," the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said in a statement.

Red Cross gets medicine into Libya's besieged Sirte

SIRTE (Reuters) - Aid workers from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) brought medical supplies into ousted Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's besieged hometown of Sirte on Saturday as fears grew that a humanitarian disaster was unfolding there. The chairman of the ruling National Transitional Council (NTC), Mustafa Abdel Jalil, said its forces had called a two-day truce to allow civilians to leave as people streamed out of Sirte by the hundreds.

Meredith ignored in "media fog" around Amanda Knox

PERUGIA, Italy (Reuters) - Murdered Briton Meredith Kercher has been forgotten in the "fog" of a tireless media and public relations campaign to free the American student convicted of killing her, a lawyer for the victim's family told Reuters. Seattle student Amanda Knox and her Italian ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito are appealing an Italian court verdict that found them guilty of murdering 21-year-old Kercher in 2007 during a drug-fueled erotic game that turned violent.

Pro-Assad forces regain rebel Syrian town: agency

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian troops regained control of the central town of Rastan, the official news agency said on Saturday, after the most prolonged fighting between the army and insurgents in a six-month uprising. "Calm and security have returned to Rastan after security police backed by army units entered the town and confronted the terrorist groups who have terrified its inhabitants," the agency said.

Philippines mops up after two typhoons in a week

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine authorities were struggling on Sunday to reach communities in northern provinces of Luzon island that were hit by two powerful typhoons in less than week, as concern grew about a third storm forming off the coast. The national disaster agency said one person had been killed when Typhoon Nalgae struck on Saturday, although there were reports of more deaths from provincial officials.

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