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Taliban insist leader is still alive

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan — Taliban militants in Pakistan promised Monday to soon prove their leader was still alive, dismissing as government propaganda reports he may have died from injuries sustained in a U.S. missile attack close to Afghanistan.

Pakistani fighter jets and helicopters attacked targets elsewhere in the northwest,killing 22 insurgents and three soldiers, the government said.

Protestants reject pact compromise in N. Ireland

BELFAST, Northern Ireland — Northern Ireland’s major Protestant party unexpectedly withheld support Monday for a painstakingly negotiated deal with its Catholic partners to save their 2 1/2-year-old administration.

The surprise setback upset plans by the British and Irish prime ministers to travel to Northern Ireland to unveil what would have been a breakthrough in their efforts to sustain power-sharing.

Lawmakers: U.K. response to terrorism slow, confused

LONDON — Britain needs a U.S.-style national security adviser to report to Prime Minister Gordon Brown on terrorist threats, a committee of lawmakers said in a report that made unusually sharp criticisms of the country’s approach to security.

Parliament’s Home Affairs select committee said Britain had been too slow to adapt to an evolving threat from terrorism.

UN: Nations’ greenhouse pledges too little

UNITED NATIONS — The greenhouse gas goals announced by the nations responsible for most emissions are insufficient against the disastrous effects of climate change, a U.N. official said Monday.

Janos Pasztor, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s top climate adviser, said the goals, submitted as part of a voluntary plan to roll back emissions, make it unlikely the world can prevent temperatures from rising above the target set at the Copenhagen climate conference in December.

— Herald wire services

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