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The Associated Press said it has obtained – but will not release – a video that appears to show Taliban militants beheading a hostage in western Pakistan. The victim: Polish engineer Piotr Stanczak, who was kidnapped on a surveying project last September. An accompanying narrative blames Pakistan's government for the execution because it didn't meet demands for the release of Taliban prisoners, the AP said. If the video proves authentic, the beheading would be the first known to have taken place in Pakistan since that of American journalist Daniel Pearl in 2002.

A female Tamil separatist bomber hid among civilians fleeing Sri Lanka's war zone Monday and detonated her explosives, killing herself and at least 27 other people. Ninety more were wounded. Most of the dead were soldiers processing the refugees. Analysts warned that more such attacks may come as government forces close in on a final victory over the rebels on the battlefield and the latter lose control of their civilian sympathizers.


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