The Taliban officially confirmed Thursday that its founder and leader, Mullah Omar, is dead. The Taliban Supreme Council also named Mullah Akhtar Mansoor as its new leader.
塔利班周四正式确认该组织创始人和领导人奥马尔已经死亡。塔利班最高委员会还任命了毛拉·阿赫塔尔·曼苏尔（Mullah Akhtar Mansoor）作为其新人领导人。
The Taliban did not indicate when Mullah Omar died. On Wednesday, the Afghan government said he died two years ago.
Earlier Thursday, the Pakistani government said Afghan peace talks would be postponed at the request of the Afghan Taliban.
Boko Haram hostages rescued
The Nigerian army said Thursday it rescued 59 women, children, and older men who had been captured by Islamic militants.
Army officials say soldiers raided hideouts of the Boko Haram group near the northeastern city of Maiduguri.
The officials say many Boko Haram militants were killed in the rescue operation. The army also said it seized weapons and vehicles.
Boko Haram militants often raid villages and kidnap people, forcing them to become Muslim.
Huge jump in support for presidential candidate Donald Trump
The latest voter study shows American businessman Donald Trump with a big lead in the Republican Party presidential race. The Quinnipiac University national poll has Mr. Trump in the lead with 20 percent. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is next with 13 percent. Former Florida governor Jeb Bush comes in third with 10 percent.
最新的选民调查显示，美国商人唐纳德·特朗普（Donald Trump）在共和党总统竞选中大比分领先。昆尼皮亚克大学全国民意调查显示特朗普先生以20%的支持率领先。威斯康星州州长斯科特·沃克（Scott Walker）以13%的支持率紧随其后。前佛罗里达州州长杰布·布什（Jeb Bush）以10%的支持率位居第三。
The number of Republican candidates has grown to 17. Former Virginia governor Jim Gilmore entered the race on Wednesday.
US opens investigation of lion kill
The United States government said Thursday it would investigate the killing in Zimbabwe of a protected lion. An American man, Walter James Palmer, hunted and killed the beloved lion known as Cecil.
美国政府周四表示，将对津巴布韦一头受保护的狮子被杀一案展开调查。美国男子沃尔特·詹姆斯·帕尔默（Walter James Palmer）猎杀了深受人喜爱的狮子塞西尔。
U.S. investigators said they had not been able to reach Mr. Palmer, a dentist in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.
Also, President Obama's administration said it will examine a U.S. public request to send Mr. Palmer to Zimbabwe for legal action. An administration official said the petition had more than 100,000 signatures.