By Jibran Ahmad PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - Haibatullah Akhundzada, the Islamic legal scholar appointed leader of the Afghan Taliban on Wednesday, was not the obvious choice when senior members of the militant movement gathered to appoint a new "emir". The "shura", or leadership council, was convened in haste after leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed by a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan on Saturday, presenting the Taliban with their second succession in less than a year. Unlike a similar meeting held last July, when an important faction walked out in protest, delegates agreed on the choice of Akhundzada, said Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid.
A retrial of the man charged in the death of Etan Patz -- a six-year-old New York boy whose disappearance in 1979 deeply shook the nation -- will take place in September, the judge in the case ruled. Judge Maxwell Wiley ordered a second trial Tuesday against 55-year-old Pedro Hernandez, who admitted the murder but later retracted his confession. Etan Patz vanished after leaving his downtown Manhattan home on May 25, 1979, while walking alone to his school bus stop for the first time.