The Afghan Taliban has confirmed the death of its former leader Mullah Omar who led the militants for more than 20 years.
FILE - Taliban founder Mullah Omar
Taliban Confirms Death of Leader Mullah Omar
The Taliban officially confirmed Thursday that its founder and leader, Mullah Omar, is dead. The Taliban Supreme Council also namedMullah Akhtar Mansoor as its new leader.
周四，塔利班正式确认其创始人及领导者毛拉·奥马尔(Mullah Omar)已经死亡。塔利班最高委员会还任命毛拉•阿赫塔尔•穆罕默德•曼苏尔(Mullah Akhtar Mansoor) 担任其新领导人。
The Taliban did not indicate when Mullah Omar died. On Wednesday, the Afghan government said he died two years ago.
Earlier Thursday, the Pakistani government said Afghan peace talks would be postponed at the request of the Afghan Taliban.
Boko Haram hostages rescued
The Nigerian army said Thursday it rescued 59 women, children, and oldermen who had been captured by Islamic militants.
Army officials say soldiers raided hideouts of the Boko Haram group near the northeastern city of Maiduguri.
The officials say many Boko Haram militants were killed in the rescue operation. The army also said it seized weapons and vehicles.
Boko Haram militants often raid villages and kidnap people, forcing them to become Muslim.
Huge jump in support for presidential candidate Donald Trump
The latest voter study shows American businessman Donald Trump with a big lead in the Republican Party presidential race. The Quinnipiac University national poll has Mr. Trump in the lead with 20 percent. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is next with 13 percent. Former Florida governor Jeb Bush comes in third with 10 percent.
最新的选民研究显示美国商人唐纳德·特朗普在共和党总统大选中大比分领先。美国昆尼皮亚克大学(The Quinnipiac University)调查显示特朗普先生以20%的支持率领先。接下来是威斯康星州州长斯科特·沃克，其支持率为13%。前佛罗里达州州长杰布·布什以10%名列第三。
The number of Republican candidates has grown to 17. Former Virginia governor Jim Gilmore entered the race on Wednesday.
US opens investigation of lion kill
The United Statesgovernment said Thursday it would investigate the killing in Zimbabwe of a protected lion. An American man, Walter James Palmer, hunted and killed the beloved lion known as Cecil.
U.S.investigators said they had not been able to reach Mr. Palmer, a dentist in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.
Also, President Obama’s administration saidit will examine a U.S.public request to send Mr. Palmer to Zimbabwe for legal action. An administration official said the petition had more than 100,000 signatures.
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indicate – v. to show (something)
hideout– n. a place where someone (such as a criminal) hides to avoidbeing found or captured
poll – n. an activity in which several or many people are asked a question or aseries of questions in order to get information about what most people thinkabout something
petition– n. a written document that people sign to show that they want aperson or organization to do or change something
signature– n. a person's name written in that person's handwriting