Top Qaeda commander dies in Lebanese jail

The detainee,Majid al-Majid,died after suffering kidney failure,a Lebanese army general said.

Published:January 5, 2014 1:13 am

BEIRUT: The leader of an al Qaeda-linked group that conducted attacks across the Middle East before shifting its focus to Syria’s civil war died Saturday while in custody in Lebanon,a senior army officer and the state news agency said. The detainee,Majid al-Majid,died after suffering kidney failure,a Lebanese army general said. AP

Putin eases curbs on protests in Sochi

MOSCOW: President Vladimir Putin has eased curbs on demonstrations in the Winter Olympics venue of Sochi. Putin attended a rehearsal of the Games’ opening ceremony,amended a decree to allow groups to hold some marches and gatherings at sites approved by the security services,the Kremlin said. Reuters

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