A joint Afghan and US military investigation has concluded that an airstrike last week killed 37 civilians and wounded 35 more after Taliban militants launched an ambush from the cover of a village, the US military said. A string of mistaken US airstrikes this year have killed at least 150 Afghan civilians, prompting President Hamad Karzai to call on US President-elect Barack Obama to make it his priority to stop innocents from being killed.Skip to next paragraph
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Congo's Army advanced toward rebel lines Saturday, with renewed fighting near the provincial capital of Goma threatening a fragile cease-fire. Rebel leader Laurent Nkunda, who defected from the Congolese Army in 2004, is accused of crimes against humanity by a UN envoy.
Inspired by Barack Obama's election, French politicians from the left and right signed a "manifesto," published Sunday, that calls on employers to hire more minorities and urges the government to fight racism and improve schools in ethnically diverse neighborhoods. The Journal du Dimanche said first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy supported the manifesto but couldn't sign it because of her political status.
Late-season tropical storm Paloma weakened rapidly Sunday after hitting Cuba the day before. Winds that were 145 m.p.h. over the Caribbean subsided to 70 m.p.h., but not until the storm toppled power lines and damaged homes. Government officials estimated that Paloma and hurricane Ike in September destroyed 30 percent of Cuba's crops.
Iraqi Christians and other minorities are guaranteed fewer seats on provincial councils than the UN had recommended after Iraq's presidential council approved a quota bill on Saturday. The legislation calls for giving minorities six instead of 12 of the 440 seats on ruling councils in Iraq's 18 provinces.