Pakistan: Death probe
ISLAMABAD — The Pakistani government was investigating reports Sunday that Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud died from injuries sustained in a U.S. drone missile strike launched in mid-January after he helped orchestrate a deadly bombing against the CIA in Afghanistan.
Mehsud's predecessor was killed in a missile strike less than six months ago, and inflicting another blow to the militant group's leadership would be an important success for both Pakistan and the U.S.
Egypt: DNA tests
CAIRO — Egypt will soon reveal the results of DNA tests made on the world's most famous ancient king, the young Pharaoh Tutankhamun, to answer lingering mysteries over his lineage, the antiquities department said Sunday.
Speaking at a conference, archaeology chief Zahi Hawass said he would announce the results of the DNA tests and the CAT scans on Feb. 17. The results will be compared to those made of King Amenhotep III, who may have been Tutankamun's grandfather.
The effort is part of a wider program to check the DNA of hundreds of mummies to determine their identities and family relations. The program could help determine Tutankhamun's family lineage, which has long been a source of mystery.
KABUL — Afghanistan's president appealed to Taliban fighters Sunday to lay down their weapons and accept Afghan laws as the government and its international allies push a program to entice militants away from the insurgency.
President Hamid Karzai spoke three days after he and Western backers agreed at a conference in London to create a more comprehensive program to bring Taliban insurgents over to the government's side in order to reduce violence that has raged in recent years.
ST. JOHN'S — A 24-year-old man from Dominica has been arrested as a suspect in the killing of a San Francisco woman during a cruise stopover to celebrate her sister's wedding, police said Sunday.
Suspect Tishara Daniel confessed to the Jan. 19 fatal stabbing of Nina Nilssen, police Superintendent Nuffield Burnette said.
Daniel allegedly was carrying Nilssen's camera when he was arrested Friday near the crime scene in the affluent English Harbor boating community, which has become a target of the Caribbean island's crime wave.
Israel: No indictment
JERUSALEM — Israel's Justice Ministry declared Sunday that no indictments will be filed against police in the case of an American activist who was hit by a tear gas canister and left comatose during a violent demonstration in the West Bank last year.
Tristan Anderson, 38, of Oakland, Calif., was critically injured during a Palestinian protest in the West Bank village of Naalin last March. Amir Moran, spokesman for Israel's Tel Hashomer hospital, where Anderson is being treated, said his condition "has not changed."
Cyprus: U.N. chief
NICOSIA — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrived in Cyprus on Sunday in a bid to re-energize slow moving talks aimed at reunifying the ethnically divided island.
Ban's first-ever visit to Cyprus is seen as a personal show of support for talks between the island's Greek Cypriot President Dimitris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat.
Christofias and Talat have achieved only marginal progress in 17 months of open-ended negotiations. But Ban said he's pleased that the two leaders have achieved significant progress on the key issue of power-sharing.