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US drone strike on Taliban leader 'violation of Pakistan sovereignty'

Mansour assumed the leadership in July 2015

The US drone strike targeting Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Mansour on Pakistani soil was a violation of sovereignty', Pakistan's Foreign Ministry has said.

The US did not inform Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif before carrying out the strike, it added.

Mansour was killed at 4.30pm on Saturday in Dahl Bandin, a district in Pakistan's Baluchistan province just over the border with Afghanistan.

President Obama authorised the strikes against Taliban leader.

The Pentagon previously branded Mansour "an obstacle to peace and reconciliation between the government of Afghanistan and the Taliban" and said he was actively involved in planning attacks that threatened US, Afghan and allied forces.

Taliban leader was killed by a 'strike on his car'

Taliban leader Akhtar Mansour has been killed in a US drone strike on his car, said the Chief Executive of Afghanistan.

Mansour was killed at 4.30pm on Saturday in Dahl Bandin, a district in Pakistan's Baluchistan province just over the border with Afghanistan.

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Afghan spy agency: Taliban leader killed in drone strike

Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour has been killed in a US drone strike. Credit: Reuters

The Afghan spy agency has confirmed that the Taliban leader Akhtar Mansour has been killed in a US drone strike.

It follows an earlier claim by the Senior Taliban commander that Mr Mansour had been killed in the strike.

Mansour 'posed continuing imminent threat' - Kerry

John Kerry said the drone strike "sends a clear message to the world" that the US is continuing to support its Afghan partners. Credit: PA

US Secretary of State John Kerry said Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour posed a "continuing imminent threat" to US personnel in Afghanistan and to Afghans, and was a threat to peace.

His comments come as the senior Taliban commander confirmed on Sunday morning that he had been killed in a US drone strike.

This action sends a clear message to the world that we will continue to stand with our Afghan partners as they work to build a more stable, united, secure and prosperous Afghanistan.

Peace is what we want. Mansour was a threat to that effort and to bringing an end to the violence and suffering people of Afghanistan have endured for so many years now. He was also directly opposed to the peace negotiation and to the reconciliation process.

– John Kerry, US Secretary of State

Afghan Taliban leader Mansour killled in drone strike

Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour has been killed in a US drone strike. Credit: Reuters

Afghan Taliban leader Akhtar Mansour has been killed in a US drone strike, the senior Taliban commander has confirmed.

The news comes after a US official said on Saturday that Akhtar Mansour was "likely to have been killed" along with another combatant in a drone strike ordered by Barack Obama

Multiple drones targeted the men as they travelled in a vehicle in a remote area along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, near to the town of Ahmad Wal, the official - speaking on the condition of anonymity - said.

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Cameron: World has come together to 'drive out corruption'

David Cameron has hailed the "political will" shown at the anti-corruption summit he is hosting in London

The prime minister said it was "the biggest demonstration of the political will to address corruption that we have seen for many, many years".

The summit has brought together 12 heads of state and government and a total of more than 40 countries - including Nigeria and Afghanistan, who Mr Cameron branded "fantastically corrupt" in a gaffe, earlier this week.

"Today the world has come together in a coalition of the committed to expose, to punish and to drive out corruption," Mr Cameron said in a speech at the end of the day's proceedings.

Attendees had shown "far more political will not just for words, but for action that will make a difference", he added.

"There is nothing as powerful as an idea whose time has come, and I believe that is the case with fighting and driving out corruption."

PM: Anti-corruption summit about 'changing culture'

David Cameron said 'corruption is the cancer at the heart' of many global problems faced.

Prime Minister David Cameron has opened the anti-corruption summit in London, with a call "to keep challenging ourselves to ask ourselves what we can do to expose corruption".

I believe that corruption is the cancer at the heart of so many problems we need to tackle in our world.

– Prime Minister David Cameron
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