Officials suspect Yellowstone hiker was killed by grizzly bear

Posted Aug. 28, 2011, at 7:06 p.m.

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. — Investigators have been searching a swath of Yellowstone National Park by air and foot as they try to determine whether a man whose body was found on a backcountry trail was the victim of a grizzly bear attack.

Rangers and wildlife biologists hoping to find clues as to how the man died combed a central portion of the park Saturday on foot. He was found a day earlier by two hikers on Mary Mountain Trail, which runs northeast of the iconic Old Faithful geyser.

Investigators found grizzly bear tracks and scat near the man, but were not immediately sure whether the grizzly caused the man’s death or disturbed his body after he died.

Authorities say the man likely died Wednesday or Thursday. Park officials did not plan to name the hiker — a man in his 60s from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan — until Sunday, pending family notification.

His death comes after a female bear attacked and killed a 57-year-old California man on the popular Wapiti Lake Trail, several miles away from where the Michigan man was discovered Friday.

Key al-Qaida leader reported slain in Pakistan

WASHINGTON — Al-Qaida’s second-in-command has been killed in Pakistan, U.S. officials reported Saturday, in what was described as a major blow to an organization still reeling from the death of Osama bin Laden nearly four months ago.

Atiyah Abdul Rahman was killed Monday in the Pakistani tribal region of Waziristan, a U.S. official said. A suspected U.S. drone strike was reported that day, but the official would not say how Rahman died.

“Atiyah was at the top of al-Qaida’s trusted core,” said the official, who would not be identified discussing sensitive intelligence matters. “His combination of background, experience and abilities are unique in Al Qaida — without question, they will not be easily replaced.”

At least 28 killed in Iraq suicide attack

BAGHDAD — At least 28 people were killed, including a member of parliament, and 37 others were wounded when a suicide attack targeted a major Sunni mosque in west Baghdad Sunday night.

The explosion was inside Um al-Qura mosque, the headquarters of the Sunni endowment during the prayers of the last days of Ramadan, when attendance is up. Police confirmed that children were among the casualties.

Khalid al-Fahdawi, a lawmaker from the al-Wasat Coalition (the Middle Coalition), was among the dead.

Police said the suicide bomber used explosives hidden under a splint and tried to be as close as possible to the head of the Sunni endowment, Ahmed Abdul Ghafour al-Samarrai, who was injured in the attack.

In a phone call with one of the Iraqi satellite channels after the attack, al-Samarrai accused al-Qaida of mounting the attack. No group claimed responsibility.

A civilian was killed and 15 other people, including security personnel, were wounded in four other attacks targeted security forces and civilians throughout Baghdad.

Anti-corruption activist ends hunger strike in India

NEW DELHI — A septuagenarian anti-corruption activist ended his 13-day hunger strike Sunday with a glass of coconut water to the cheers of supporters and the relief of a government that has found itself on the defensive for the past fortnight.

Anna Hazare agreed to end the fast after Parliament bowed to his demands, agreeing to create a powerful, independent lokpal, or ombudsman, with authority to go after high-level corruption.

Whether or not the new agency has teeth or ultimately does much to stem endemic corruption remains to be seen.

What is clear, however, is that Hazare has rattled the political establishment by tapping a wellspring of public frustration over graft in ordinary life.

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