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In Brief: Shot girl flown to UK hospital

PAKISTAN state television said that the government sent a 14-year-old activist who was shot in the head by the Taliban to the United Kingdom for treatment.

Malala Yousufzai was flown out of Pakistan nearly a week after Taliban gunmen shot her and two classmates as they were on their way home from school in the northwest.

The Pakistani military says Malala will require prolonged care to fully recover from the physical and psychological effects of her trauma.

Seven killed in drugs row

GUNMEN shot dead seven people in a house east of Manila in an attack possibly linked to illegal drugs.

The house owner, his wife and five other people suffered gunshot wounds to the head, police in Rodriquez said, adding that the owner had previously been jailed for drug-related offences.

The gunmen spared the couple's two children, aged 10 and 13. They have been taken into protective custody.

Man held over weapons bag

A MAN who wore a bullet-proof vest on a plane and had knives, a hatchet and other dangerous items in his checked bags, also had manuals on his computer that detailed how to kill people and Japanese school schedules showing when children would arrive and leave.

US Magistrate Judge Paul Abrams said Yongda Huang Harris (28) will be held without bond until he stands trial because he is a flight risk.

Harris was arrested during a stopover in Los Angeles on a trip from Japan to Boston. He is currently charged with one count of transporting hazardous materials.

Ambush kills terror chief

ALGERIA has announced the death of a regional al-Qa'ida official in an army ambush.

The state news agency said Bekkai Boualem, in charge of al-Qa'ida in North Africa's foreign relations, was killed. His identity was confirmed by family members who collected the body.

Boualem joined anti-government militant groups in 1990 and had been fighting them ever since.

He was killed in the mountainous Kabylie region.