Afghanistan

Al-Qaida official killed

The U.S.-led NATO force in Afghanistan killed al-Qaida’s second-highest leader in the country in an airstrike in eastern Kunar province, the coalition said Tuesday. Sakhr al-Taifi, also known as Mushtaq and Nasim, was responsible for commanding foreign insurgents in Afghanistan and directing attacks against NATO and Afghan forces, the alliance said.

Egypt

Candidate seeks support

The Muslim Brotherhood’s candidate for the Egyptian presidential runoff promised Tuesday he would break sharply with the ways of ousted autocrat Hosni Mubarak, a day after angry protesters burned down the headquarters of his challenger who served as prime minister in the old regime. Islamist Mohammed Morsi appeared to be trying to cash in on public resentment of his rival Ahmed Shafiq’s ties to Mubarak at a news conference where he offered something for everyone, from the military to the revolutionaries, women and minority Christians.

Thailand

Myanmar activist travels

For 24 years, Aung San Suu Kyi was either under house arrest or too fearful that if she left Myanmar, the government would never let her return. Now, in a sign of how much life there has changed, the democracy activist and longtime political prisoner is resuming world travels, arriving Tuesday night in neighboring Thailand after an 85-minute flight from her homeland.

Greece

Two shipwrecks found

Two Roman-era shipwrecks have been found in deep water off a western Greek island, challenging the conventional theory that ancient shipmasters stuck to coastal routes rather than risking the open sea, an official said Tuesday. Greece’s culture ministry said the two third-century wrecks were discovered earlier this month during a survey of an area where a Greek-Italian gas pipeline is to be sunk. They lay between seven-tenths to nine-tenths of a mile deep in the sea between Corfu and Italy.

Compiled from wire reports.