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U.S. helicopter ‘crashed in Taliban trap’

The Taliban lured US forces into an elaborate trap to shoot down their helicopter, killing 30 American troops in the deadliest such incident of the war, an Afghan official said Monday. A total of 38 people — 30 US troops, many of them special forces, plus seven Afghan commandos and…

UN chief visits Japan nuclear disaster zone

UN chief Ban Ki-moon on Monday pledged the world body’s solidarity with Japan after its quake, tsunami and nuclear disasters and encouraged radiation evacuees to “hang in there”. Travelling in the disaster-struck northeast, Ban became one of the most senior foreign leaders to visit the region close to the crippled…

Obama, Karzai speak after Afghan chopper crash: U.S.

US President Barack Obama and his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai reaffirmed their commitment to Afghanistan on Sunday after the death of 38 troops in a helicopter crash, the White House said. Thirty US soldiers, reportedly including some two dozen special forces, were killed when Taliban insurgents shot down a Chinook…

London braced for further rioting

London police on Sunday maintained an uneasy calm as night fell on the area the day after some of the capital’s worst rioting in years, sparked by the fatal shooting of a local man. As the sun set Sunday, Scotland Yard reported that youths had vandalised a police car and…

Somali goverment forces warily enter former rebel areas

Somali government forces backed by African Union troops moved cautiously on Sunday into areas of the famine-struck capital abandoned the day before by Shebab rebels, a senior military official said. A small number of gunmen from the Al-Qaeda affiliated Shebab militia were still in war-torn Mogadishu after their surprise pullout…

Saudi Arabia recalls ambassador from Syria: king

Saudi Arabia has recalled its ambassador from Damascus for consultations, King Abdullah said Sunday, in a statement calling on Syria’s leaders to “stop the killing machine”. “Saudi Arabia announces the recall of its ambassador for consultations,” the king said in the statement released in Riyadh in which he urged Syria…

Moqtada al Sadr: U.S. military trainers could be targets post withdrawal

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq’s fiercely anti-U.S. cleric Moqtada al-Sadr has warned that U.S. military trainers will be targets if they stay in the country beyond a year-end deadline for American troops to leave. The statement from Sadr, whose Mehdi Army militia fought U.S. troops until 2008, follows a deal by…

Dozens killed as Assad defends Syria crackdown

DAMASCUS — Syrian forces backed by tanks killed at least 27 people on Sunday, activists said, as President Bashar al-Assad defended what he termed the state’s duty to crack down on “outlaws” despite mounting condemnation. Security forces killed at least 20 civilians in the city of Deir Ezzor, activists said,…

NATO investigating deadly Afghanistan helicopter crash

KABUL (Reuters) – NATO troops tried to ascertain on Sunday if Taliban insurgents had shot down a troop-carrying helicopter in Afghanistan, killing 38 people in the largest loss of life suffered by foreign troops in a single incident in 10 years of war. In what has proved to be a…

Iran arrests 17 young boys and girls over water fight

TEHRAN — Iranian police arrested 17 boys and girls over a water fight at a seaside park in the Islamic republic’s south, a senior judicial official said on Sunday. “Seventeen young boys and girls who were squirting water at each other were arrested on Friday in one of the beach…

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