The Taliban officially confirmed Thursday that its founder and leader, Mullah Omar, is dead. The Taliban Supreme Council also named Mullah Akhtar Mansoor as its new leader.
The Taliban did not indicate when Mullah Omar died. On Wednesday, the Afghan government said he died two years ago.
Earlier Thursday, the Pakistani government said Afghan peace talks would be postponed at the request of the Afghan Taliban.
Boko Haram hostages rescued
The Nigerian army said Thursday it rescued 59 women, children, and older men who had been captured by Islamic militants.
Army officials say soldiers raided hideouts of the Boko Haram group near the northeastern city of Maiduguri.
The officials say many Boko Haram militants were killed in the rescue operation. The army also said it seized weapons and vehicles.
Boko Haram militants often raid villages and kidnap people, forcing them to become Muslim.
Huge jump in support for presidential candidate Donald Trump
The latest voter study shows American businessman Donald Trump with a big lead in the Republican Party presidential race. The Quinnipiac University national poll has Mr. Trump in the lead with 20 percent. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is next with 13 percent. Former Florida governor Jeb Bush comes in third with 10 percent.
The number of Republican candidates has grown to 17. Former Virginia governor Jim Gilmore entered the race on Wednesday.
US opens investigation of lion kill
The United States government said Thursday it would investigate the killing in Zimbabwe of a protected lion. An American man, Walter James Palmer, hunted and killed the beloved lion known as Cecil.
U.S. investigators said they had not been able to reach Mr. Palmer, a dentist in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.
Also, President Obama's administration said it will examine a U.S. public request to send Mr. Palmer to Zimbabwe for legal action. An administration official said the petition had more than 100,000 signatures.
Ballpark estimates indicate a price tag of $90 million a month.
I had to postpone ideas of a career and stay at home.
The gangster was flushed out from his hideout.
The rebels attempted a surprise raid on a military camp.
Strangely enough, the last thing he thought of was his beloved Tanya.
A brief, hand-written postscript lay beneath his signature.
1.Earlier Thursday, the Pakistani government said Afghan peace talks would be postponed at the request of the Afghan Taliban.
at the request of应…之请求
An elderly woman rang up the police at the request of her neighbor.
2. The Quinnipiac University national poll has Mr. Trump in the lead with 20 percent.
in the lead领先
I was half a mile in the lead burning the earth like a gust of wind.
周四，塔利班官方确认该组织创始人及头目毛拉·奥马尔(Mullah Omar)已经死亡。塔利班最高委员会任命毛拉·阿赫塔尔·曼苏尔(Mullah Akhtar Mansoor)为新领袖 。
最新的选民调查显示，美国商人唐纳德·特朗普(Donald Trump)在总统竞选共和党党内选举中遥遥领先。昆尼皮亚克大学(Quinnipiac University)全国民意调查显示特朗普先生以20%的支持率领先 。威斯康星州州长斯科特·沃克(Scott Walker)屈居第二，支持率为13% 。佛罗里达州前州长杰布·布什(Jeb Bush)以10%的支持率位居第三 。
共和党候选人已经增加到17位。弗吉尼亚州前州长吉尔·摩吉姆(Jim Gilmore)周三加入竞选 。
周四，美国政府表示，将对津巴布韦一头受保护的狮子被杀一案展开调查。美国男子沃尔特·詹姆斯·帕尔默(Walter James Palmer)猎杀了受人喜爱的狮子塞西尔 。
公众要求将帕尔默先生送到津巴布韦接受法律制裁。奥巴马政府表示会对该要求进行审查 。一位政府官员表示，该请愿书已经收集了超过10万个签名 。