DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan — A Filipino militant wanted by the United States is believed to have been killed in an American drone strike close to the Afghan border earlier this month, Pakistani intelligence officials said.
If confirmed, the death of Abdul Basit Usman would represent another success for the U.S. covert missile program on targets in Pakistan. There have been an unprecedented number of attacks this month following a deadly Dec. 30 militant attack on a CIA base in Afghanistan.
Two military intelligence officers in northwestern Pakistan said Thursday that Usman was believed killed on Jan. 14 on the border of Pakistan's South and North Waziristan tribal regions. Another 11 militants were also killed in the strike on a militant compound.
UK opposition: Cuts in diplomacy planned
LONDON — Britain's main opposition party accused the government Thursday of drafting plans to close embassies and reduce anti-terrorism work to cope with a huge national debt and a slump in the value of the pound.
Conservative Party lawmaker David Lidington told the House of Commons an internal Foreign Office memo urges diplomats to draft contingency plans to fire staff and close some overseas posts.
Britain's Foreign Office, which spends half of its budget in overseas currencies, has been hit badly by the weak pound and faces an annual shortfall of $178 million — in addition to expected cuts in public spending.