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Karzai is asking NATO why three innocent civilians were killed in a night raid on the home of a former Afghan senator. The raid was made in the dark on Sunday in eastern Wardak province's Chaki Wardak district.

Even NATO admits that two of the three killed were women. Two other members of Sameh Sherzad's family were detained. Karzai wants to know on what intelligence the raid was based. Karzai has constantly criticized night raids but to no avail.

The Open Society Foundation reports that "an estimated 12 to 20 night raids now occur per night, resulting in thousands of detentions per year, many of whom are non-combatants." The report suggests that some of the tactics...

Officials say a roadside bomb explosion has killed five police officers and two civilians in Turkey's southeast.

A police vehicle appears to have been the target for the attack on October 18 in the town Guroymak in Bitlis province. The civilian casualties were traveling in a truck behind.

One soldier meanwhile was wounded in a separate roadside bomb attack in the southeastern province of Mardin.

Security forces searched the area in search of the assailants, believed to be members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

Two men were found dead hours after their arrest in a volatile central Nigerian city, residents said Monday, raising concerns over the military's use of force days after protesters blamed soldiers for another civilian death in the West African nation.

Local leader Ahmadu Ali Kazaure and 23-year-old Babangida Ibrahim Yusuf were among some 100 people arrested Saturday evening in the central city of Jos soon after a soldier was killed in a machete attack, said local Muslim elder Shehu Masalla.

"The soldiers kicked the door open with their boots and guns, they stormed into our house, beat us, and loaded most of us in their Hilux vans," said Yusuf's housemate, Mahmud Sabiu, who...

Troops opened fire on tens of thousands of people marching in the capital Sanaa to call for President Ali Abdullah Saleh's resignation, witnesses say.

At least 12 people were killed and 80 people wounded in a similar protest on Saturday.

President Saleh has been battling eight months of street protests.

He has so far resisted calls from many Western countries to end his 33-year rule, despite saying on several occasions he was prepared to do so.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said at least 187 children were among the dead.The UN also says hundreds of people have also been arrested since the protests began seven months ago.

Activists say at least 11 more protesters were shot dead by security forces as thousands rallied on Friday.The demonstrations were called "Free Soldiers" - a reference to several thousand who have defected.

They called on those in the military to abandon President Assad's regime and join a dissident army.The UN report said 100 people had died in the past 10 days.

Britain’s defence secretary, Liam Fox, sounded a little scripted in Misrata at the weekend when I asked him whether NATO’s airstrikes in Muammar Gaddafi’s home town of Sirte were staying within its remit to protect civilians in Libya.


(CNN) -- International powers put more heat on Syria's government Tuesday, as a new umbrella opposition group gained key backers in the Arab world and China exhorted the government to respond to people's "reasonable" demands.

The developments come amid a seven-month government crackdown against protesters, an ongoing operation that has stirred condemnation across the world.

The United Nations estimates that 2,900 people have been killed. Activist groups have said the toll exceeds 3,000. The government says it is fighting armed gangs that have killed 1,100 members of the security forces.

The new opposition movement, the Syrian National Council, has received backing...

Heavy fighting broke out after AU and Somali government forces attacked militant positions following what the AU force said were the deaths of at least 12 Somali civilians because of militants' mortars over the weekend.

Residents in Mogadishu's northern neighbourhoods fled explosions and gunfire as the troops made a push toward positions held by al-Shabab militants. Civilians often suffer heavily from the fighting in Mogadishu. Monday was no different, with at least eight killed and 20 wounded. It is difficult to know if civilian deaths were caused by pro-government or militant forces.


At least 24 people have been killed and more than 200 injured in the centre of Cairo after a protest over an attack on a church erupted into the worst violence since the 18-day uprising that ousted Hosni Mubarak as president of Egypt in February.

Trouble began when a demonstration against the attack in southern Egypt was reportedly met by gunfire close to the state television building.

Fighting spread to Tahrir Square and surrounding streets. Hospitals where the wounded were being treated also came under attack.

WHO can’t America kill?

The question was brought into sharp focus on Sept. 30 when a C.I.A. drone killed Anwar al-Awlaki and three others in a remote part of northeastern Yemen. Mr. Awlaki, a fiery propagandist for Al Qaeda who allegedly had been involved in several terror plots, was apparently the first American citizen targeted for killing by the United States. After the drone strike, The Times and others lit up with accounts of the event, and unnamed government officials poured forth with comments. There was no mistaking the administration’s eagerness to put its antiterrorism success on display. Within hours, even President Obama was commenting, albeit elliptically, on the...