AFGHAN TALIBAN'S NEW LEADER CALLS FOR UNITY AMONG HIS FIGHTERS, PROMISING TO CONTINUE INSURGENCY *

STATEMENT FROM MULLAH AKHTAR MOHAMMAD MANSOOR ALSO INCLUDED COMMENTS ABOUT PEACE TALKS, THOUGH IT'S NOT CLEAR WHETHER HE SUPPORTS THEM OR NOT *

TALIBAN ON THURS CONFIRMED FORMER LEADER MULLAH OMAR HAD DIED AND SAID THEY ELECTED MANSOOR AS HIS SUCCESSOR *

AFGHAN GOVT ANNOUNCED WED MULLAH HAD BEEN DEAD SINCE APRIL 2013 *

POLICE IN RUSSIA'S PROVINCE OF CHECHNYA OPEN PROBE AGAINST THREE LOCAL WOMEN WHO ALLEGEDLY CHEATED ISIS TERROR ORG OUT OF MONEY *

WOMEN ALLEGEDLY CREATED ACCOUNTS ON SOCIAL NETWORKS TO CONTACT ISIS, CLAIMED THEY LACKED MONEY TO TRAVEL TO SYRIA AND THEN ERASED ACCOUNTS AFTER RECEIVING CASH *

OFFICIALS SAY THREE WOMEN EARNED ABOUT $3,300 *

AUTHORITIES SAY WOMEN WILL UNLIKELY FACE PUNISHMENT FOR FRAUD SINCE IT WOULD REQUIRE ISIS TO FILE COMPLAINT *

TOP PROSECUTOR IN UNITED ARAB EMIRATES REFERS 41 PEOPLE TO TRIAL ON CHARGES OF PLANNING TO CARRY OUT TERROR ACTS WITH AIM OF OVERTHROWING COUNTRY'S GOVT AND ESTABLISHING AN EXTREMIST STATE *

SUSPECTS ALLEGEDLY PLANNED TO CARRY OUT ATTACKS AGAINST COUNTRY'S LEADERSHIP AND PUBLIC *

GROUP IS ALSO ACCUSED OF ACQUIRING FIREARMS AND EXPLOSIVES THROUGH MONEY RAISED FROM "FOREIGN TERRORIST GROUPS" *

U.S. AND EGYPT RESUME FORMAL SECURITY TALKS LAST HELD SIX YEARS AGO *

TALKS HAVE BEEN ON HOLD AMID POLITICAL UNREST IN WAKE OF THE ARAB SPRING *

SECY OF STATE JOHN KERRY IS IN EGYPT ON FIRST STOP OF MIDEAST TRIP AIMED AT EASING ARAB CONCERNS OVER IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL *

VISIT COMES TWO DAYS AFTER U.S. DELIVERED EIGHT F-16 WARPLANES TO EGYPT AS PART OF MILITARY SUPPORT PACKAGE *

MANHUNT CONTINUES IN TN FOLLOWING FATAL SHOOTING OF MEMPHIS POLICE OFFICER *

33-YR-OLD OFFICER SEAN BOLTON WAS SHOT MULTIPLE TIMES DURING TRAFFIC STOP SAT NIGHT *

BOLTON IS THIRD MEMPHIS OFFICER TO BE FATALLY SHOT IN JUST OVER FOUR YEARS *

AUTHORITIES IN ZIMBABWE SAY SECOND AMERICAN KILLED LION IN LLEGAL HUNT WITH BOW AND ARROW SEVERAL MONTHS AGO *

NEWS COMES AMID INTL OUTCRY OVER U.S. HUNTER ACCUSED OF ILLEGALLY KILLING WELL-KNOWN LION NAMED CECIL IN EARLY JULY *

SECOND AMERICAN WAS ALLEGEDLY INVOLVED IN ILLEGAL BOW AND ARROW HUNT OF LION IN APRIL *

ZIMBABWEAN AUTHORITIES ARE SEEKING EXTRADITION OF MINNESOTA DENTIST WALTER JAMES PALMER, ALLEGING HE ILLEGALLY KILLED CECIL *

PALMER CLAIMS HE RELIED ON PROFESSIONAL GUIDES TO ENSURE HUNT WAS LEGAL *

TEENAGE GIRL STABBED BY ANTI-GAY EXTREMIST IN ATTACK LAST WEEK AT JERUSALEM'S ANNUAL GAY PRIDE PARADE DIES *

16-YR-OLD GIRL WAS AMONG SIX PEOPLE WOUNDED THURS BY ULTRA-ORTHODOX JEWISH MAN WHO'D CARRIED OUT SIMILAR ATTACK ON GAY PRIDE PARADE IN 2005 *

HE'D BEEN RELEASED FROM PRISON JUST THREE WEEKS AGO AND HAD SPOKEN OUT AGAINST PARADE AFTER HIS RELEASE *

CANADIAN PRIME MIN STEPHEN HARPER DISSOLVES PARLIAMENT, TRIGGERING AN ELECTION CAMPAIGN AND VOTE SET FOR OCT 19 *

HARPER AND HIS CONSERVATIVE PARTY ARE SEEKING FOURTH TERM AFTER ALMOST DECADE IN POWER *

ANALYSTS SAY ELECTION IS TOSS-UP, WITH HARPER FACING UPHILL BATTLE TO FORM ANOTHER MAJORITY GOVT *

WILDFIRE RAGING IN LOWER LAKE AREA NORTH OF SAN FRANCISCO SPREADS OVERNIGHT *

FAST-MOVING WILDFIRE, WHICH IS ONLY 5% CONTAINED, HAS SCORCHED 71 SQ MILES AND IS THREATENING 5,000 HOMES *

FIRE HAS PROMPTED EVACUATION ADVISORY AFFECTING 12,000 PEOPLE AND FORCED CLOSURE OF SEVERAL ROADS *