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Police now doubt the man killed Saturday is Noordin Mohammed Top, who claims to be Indonesia's Al Qaeda leader and is accused of planning multiple bombings.
A reported shootout over who will succeed Baitullah Mehsud as chief may have killed one top candidate and critically injured another.
Selvarasa Pathmanathan led the remnants of the rebel organization that was militarily defeated by Sri Lanka three months ago.
Relations have been strained by old disagreements over Pretoria's policies on HIV and Zimbabwe. New leadership in both countries may change that.