The terrorist group has reportedly vowed to attack Chinese in North Africa to avenge the deaths of Muslim Uighurs in China's Xinjiang Province.
About 4,000 soldiers are flooding into the southern Taliban stronghold of Helmand Province in the first test of new US strategy.
The killing of Edwin Dyer underscores the growing threat posed by militants in North Africa with links to global terrorist groups.
The operation came after Taliban militants ambushed a convoy, taking hostage at least 80 students and staff of a military school.
A 1980s pop star, a TV presenter, a former Beirut hostage, and a right-wing newspaper columnist are among the high-profile personalities emerging as potential challengers for seats held by discredited MPs.
Sri Lanka will fight a resolution backed by Western nations calling for an inquiry into possible war crimes during the conflict against the Tamil Tigers.
Some Guantánamo detainees – with new legal protections for statements made under interrogation – will be tried.
The public is paying for everything from cleaning moats to changing light bulbs. Amid the fury, support for Gordon Brown's party is at its lowest in 65 years.
British politicians called for an investigation into intelligence mistakes that led the country into the Iraq war.