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U.S. drone kills top al-Qaida leader in Pakistan

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A U.S. drone strike has killed a senior al-Qaida leader in Pakistan's tribal region near the Afghan border.

According to Pakistani intelligence officials, who spoke on a condition on anonymity, "Sheik Khalid bin Abdel Rehman al-Hussainan, who was also known as Abu Zaid al-Kuwaiti, was killed when missiles slammed into a house Thursday near Mir Ali, one of the main towns in the North Waziristan tribal area."

Al-Kuwaiti replaced Abu Yahya al-Libi as al-Qaida's second in command after al-Libi was killed in a U.S. drone strike in June.

"Al-Kuwaiti appeared to be a less prominent figure and was not part of the U.S. State Department's list of most wanted terrorist suspects, as al-Libi had been," reported ABC News.

Israel fires warning shots into Syria

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Israeli military fired 'warning shots' into Syria, Saturday.

According to Reuters, "Israeli forces fired "warning shots" into Syria on Sunday after stray mortar fire from fighting between Syrian forces and rebels hit the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, Israel's military said."

Though Israel quickly remedied the situation, top officials did threaten to ramp up retaliation if attacks continued.

The reason for Israel's distrust of Syria is well known.

"They [Israelis] have feared that the instability in Syria over the past 19 months could spill across the border into Israel, particularly as President Bashar Assad's grip on power grows increasingly precarious," the Associated Press said.

22 killed in Riyadh fuel truck blast

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At least 22 people have been killed after a fuel truck crashed into a overpass in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, Thursday.

"The civil defense department said a gas tanker had hit a bridge in eastern Riyadh," Reuters said. "Causing a gas leak and an explosion in a nearby heavy machinery and vehicles warehouse."

The explosion toppled an industrial building and torched nearby vehicles. According to health ministry spokesman, Saad al-Qahtani, it was mostly men and some foreigners that made up the 135 people injured in the accident.

"More than 100 emergency personnel were combing the wreckage on the flyover and searching for victims in the rubble of the building," The Guardian said.

Legendary English rocker, Gary Glitter, has been arrested by police investigating child sex abuse allegations against late BBC television host, Jimmy Savile, on Sunday.

The arrest brings new speculation that Savile, a popular children's television host and disc jockey, was at the center of a pedophile ring. The arrest has also raised questions about whether or not the BBC had ignored child sex abuse allegations against Savile for decades.

"Its executives have apologized and vowed to uncover the true scale of the alleged abuse," the Associated Press said.

The 68-year-old Glitter has already had run-ins with the law. In 1999, Glitter was jailed in Britain for child pornography possession and in 2006, he was convicted in Vietnam for "committing obscene acts with children". He was later deported back to Britain in 2008.

"Glitter is the first person arrested in connection with the Savile abuse inquiry," said the BBC.

First Native American Canonized By Pope Benedict XVI

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Seven more saints including the first Native American, were canonized Sunday morning by Pope Benedict XVI.

Kateri Tekakwitha, a 17th century Mohawk Indian, was born in what is now New York in 1656.

Orphaned at age 4 by Smallpox that left her scarred and partially blind, Tekakwitha was one of the most devout Native American converts.

Since Tekakwitha's death in 1680 at age 24 in Montreal, many miracles have been attributed to her, the most recent occurred in 2007 when a 7-year-old boy was inexplicably cured of a flesh eating disease that according to doctors was supposed to have killed him.

"Near death, he was given last rites. At that point, the local priest suggested praying to Kateri for an intervention. Jake recovered and the cure was deemed by the Vatican to be medically inexplicable - a miracle," said Canada's Globe and Mail.

The road to sainthood is difficult and complicated. "The Vatican's complicated saint-making procedure requires that the Vatican certify a "miracle" was performed through the intercession of the candidate - a medically inexplicable cure that can be directly linked to the prayers offered by the faithful," said the Associated Press. "One miracle is needed for beatification, a second for canonization."

Tekakwitha was beatified in 1980 by Pope John Paul II.

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