U.N. reviews Taliban, al-Qaeda blacklist; teen sailor Abby Sunderland rescued

Sunday, June 13, 2010


U.N. reviews Taliban, al-Qaeda blacklist

Fueling momentum for a political solution to the war in Afghanistan, a U.N. committee is reviewing whether certain people could be removed from a blacklist that freezes assets and limits travel of key Taliban and al-Qaeda figures, a U.N. official said Saturday.

Delegates to a national conference, or peace jirga, held this month in Kabul urged the Afghan government and its allies to remove some of the 137 people from the list -- a long-standing demand of the Taliban.

"De-listing was one of the clear messages coming from the peace jirga," said Staffan de Mistura, the top U.N. representative in Afghanistan. "The U.N. is listening."

The committee is expected to complete its review by the end of the month and give its recommendations to the U.N. Security Council, which will decide whether to take names off the list.

Also Saturday, five Afghan police officers and three NATO service members, including an unidentified American, died in separate roadside bombings.

-- Associated Press


U.S. teen sailor rescued; is safe

Teenage U.S. sailor Abby Sunderland was rescued from her stricken yacht Wild Eyes in the remote southern Indian Ocean on Saturday, abandoning her widely criticized attempt to circumnavigate the world.

A boat launched from the French fishing vessel Ile de la Reunion reached Sunderland on Saturday evening about 2,000 miles from the western Australian coast, Australian officials said.

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