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Lebanon Detains Wife, Child of Islamic State Leader


This image from video posted in July is said to show Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi delivering a sermon in Iraq.

This image from video posted in July is said to show Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi delivering a sermon in Iraq.


Security officials say the Lebanese military has detained a wife and child of Islamic State group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

The officials say the woman and child are being held and questioned at Lebanon's defense ministry. They were detained about 10 days ago near the border with Syria, while carrying false identification cards.

The arrest of the second wife of the Islamic State leader was announced Tuesday. Al Arabiya TV said the Lebanese government announced the arrest to press for the release of several Lebanese Army soldiers being held by Jabhat al Nusra, a group linked to al-Qaida.

Hong Kong protest leaders surrender to police

The three founders of Hong Kong's Occupy movement plan to surrender to police.

At a news conference Tuesday, Benny Tai, Chan Kin-man, and Chu Yiu-ming announced they will surrender Wednesday.

Benny Tai said it is unclear whether police will detain or release him and his Occupy co-founders. He said the activists are ready to accept any result.

Mr. Tai also urged hundreds of protesters who remain camped on Hong Kong's streets to withdraw for their safety. He said they should prepare for a long-term battle to win democratic reforms.

Top Kenyan officials replaced after terrorist attack

Two top Kenyan security officials are being replaced following a deadly terrorist attack Tuesday. Thirty-six people were killed in the attack in northeastern Kenya.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said he accepted the resignation of the country’s Police Chief and its Interior Minister.

The militant group al-Shabab says its gunmen carried out the attack in Mandera County, near the border with Somalia. Reports say all those killed were non-Muslims.

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Words in the News

detain – v. to officially prevent (someone) from leaving a place: to hold or keep (someone) in a prison or some other place

surrender – v. to agree to stop fighting, hiding, resisting because you know that you will not win or succeed

resignation – n. an act of giving up a job or position in a formal or official way

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