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U.S. airstrike kills top ISIS commander

WASHINGTON — This week, Pentagon officials reported that a top commander of the Islamic state, Abd al-Rahman Mustafa al-Qaduli, was killed by American Special Operations forces in Syria. Initial plans to capture Qaduli in a vehicle as he was being followed by helicopters changed for unknown reasons, and his vehicle was fired upon instead.

Source: The New York Times

**Two Explosions in Brussels kill 30 **

BRUSSELS — On Tuesday, two explosions in Brussels, one at an airport and one at a subway station, occurring an hour apart, killed at least 30 people and wounded more than 230. Eight hours after the explosions, a news agency affiliated with the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks. Brussels has been largely shut down following the attacks.

Source: The New York Times

Matthew Ng remains jailed in Australia

SYDNEY — An Australian businessman working in China, Matthew Ng, was sentenced in 2011 by a Chinese court to more than 12 years in prison for bribery and fraud. In 2014, he was transferred to Australia under a treaty that allows prisoners to serve sentences in their home countries. He remains jailed at a state prison in rural Australia.

Source: The New York Times

The Rolling Stones perform in Cuba

HAVANA — For five decades, American and British rock music has been forbidden in Cuba. However, on Friday night, hundreds of thousands of fans attended a free two-hour long outdoor concert by the Rolling Stones at a sports facility in Cuba. Cuban music fans hope that Mick Jagger’s performance will spur social and political change.

Source: The New York Times

Taiwanese leader makes comeback

TAIPEI — Hung Hsiu-chu became the first female leader of Taiwan’s opposition Nationalist Party after winning 56 percent of the vote, according to a Nationalist Party spokeswoman. Hung is viewed as supporting unification with China, and faces the challenge of rebuilding support for her party despite the current popularity of the DPP in Taiwan.

Source: Reuters

Suicide bombing in Pakistan kills 65

LAHORE/ISLAMABAD - On Sunday, an explosion by a suicide bomber at Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park, in the Pakistani city of Lahore killed at least 65 people and wounded more than 280 others, mostly women and children. The blast occurred a few feet away from children’s swings.

Source: Reuters