Osama bin Laden’s son Hamza – a potential successor as al Qaeda leader – is believed to be dead, according to a US official. Believed to be about 30 years old, experts believe he was at his father’s side in Afghanistan before the 9/11 attacks and spent time with him in Pakistan. A $1m (£820,000) reward for information about Hamza’s whereabouts had been offered by the US in February this year.
The Trump administration has imposed sanctions on Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, striking at the main diplomatic channel between Iran and the west. The US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, said Zarif had been targeted because he acted on behalf of the supreme leader, Ali Khamenei. Zarif responded quickly on Twitter, shrugging off the significance of the US move.
President Donald Trump has offered help to Russia in combating wildfires raging in Siberia, the Russian Embassy said on Wednesday. During a phone call between the two leaders, Trump offered American assistance to tame the fires that have engulfed 6.7 million acres of the Siberian woods. For now, Putin told Trump that Russian military aircraft were deployed to control the situation.
The South Korean military detained a North Korean soldier who crossed the heavily fortified demilitarized zone (DMZ) that separates the two countries, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JSC) said on Thursday. The soldier expressed his intention to defect to South Korea, the JSC said later. Hundreds of North Koreans make their way to South Korea each year hoping to defect, but unauthorized crossings of the DMZ are rare.
Canadian police say they are going to reduce the intensity of the search for two teenagers suspected in the murder of three people. Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, were last seen near the remote community of Gillam, Manitoba province. Police have focused their “exhaustive” manhunt around there for over a week, but have found no trace of the pair.