News briefs:May 14, 2007

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Reports: Taliban leader Mullah Dadullah killed in Afghanistan

Mullah Dadullah, also known as Mullah Dadullah Akhund, a Taliban leader, radical Islamic cleric and military commander, has been killed in southern Afghanistan after an encounter with Afghan and Allied forces, according to the Afghan government.

Saeed Ansari, an Afghan intelligence spokesman said, "Mullah Dadullah has been killed and his body is in Kandahar."

Mullah Dadullah was frequently seen in videos with a machine gun and artillery in his clerical clothing along with his turban.

Last month, Mullah Dadullah gave an interview in which he said that Osama bin Laden was alive and was coordinating the activities of the Taliban. In 2005, Mullah Dadullah vowed, "The mujahideen will not lay down their arms unless the Americans leave and an Islamic state is established."

FBI 'Ten Most Wanted' fugitive arrested in Montreal, Canada

In Montreal, Québec on Saturday, officers from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Montreal Police Service arrested one of the FBI's "Ten Most Wanted" fugitives.

Richard Steve Goldberg, living under the assumed name Terry Wayne Kearns, was picked up without incident in a Montreal apartment by police acting on a tip from the FBI's Los Angeles field office. An unidentified person living in Canada had recognized Goldberg as one of the FBI's most wanted, verified the information on the FBI's website, and then called in the tip to the FBI in Los Angeles. The FBI had offered a reward of up to US$100,000 for information leading directly to the arrest of Goldberg.

Smoke from massive warehouse fire in Buffalo, New York USA can be seen 40 miles away

A massive warehouse complex of at least 5 buildings is on fire in Buffalo, New York on 111 Tonawanda Street, sending a plume of thick, jet black colored smoke into the air that could be seen as far away as 40 miles.

As of 6:40 a.m., the fire was under control, and firefighters were attempting to stop it from spreading, but cannot get to center of the fire because of severe amounts of debris. Later in the morning, the fire was extinguished.

"The fire is mostly under debris at this point. It's under control, but it's under some debris. We really can't get to it. We're just going to have to keep on pouring water on it so it doesn't spread," said Thomas Ashe, the fire chief for the North Buffalo based fire division who also added that at one point, at least 125 firefighters were on the scene battling the blaze. One suffered minor injures and was able to take himself to the hospital to seek medical attention.