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U.S. surprised by Afghanistan’s demand to withdraw special forces

Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s demand that US special forces leave a flashpoint province came as a surprise to American commanders, who had no advance warning of the order, officials said Monday. It remained unclear what led Karzai to issue a blunt announcement that US special operations force would have two…

Mexico nabs alleged hitman linked to 900 killings

MEXICO CITY — Mexican police have detained an alleged leader of a group of hitmen linked to 900 killings, during an operation in which they mistakenly burst into civilian homes south of Mexico City. Police brutally raided the house of a renowned poet by mistake, as well as two others…