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Afghan leader orders inquiry on strike

Published July 14, 2006

KABUL, Afghanistan - President Hamid Karzai ordered an investigation Thursday into reported civilian casualties during a coalition airstrike.

Residents of the Uruzgan capital, Tirin Kot, said at least four civilians, including children, were killed in clashes Monday. U.S. officials said they have no details on any civilian casualties or damage, but they are investigating.

Gang attacks hammer Brazilian city for third day

SAO PAULO, Brazil - Gangs torched buses and attacked banks and police stations across South America's biggest city Thursday, deepening crime fears as a wave of rampant violence entered its third day.

At least six people have been killed in nearly 100 attacks on police and civilian targets since Tuesday night in what authorities believe is retaliation for a possible transfer of gang leaders to Brazil's first federal penitentiary.

The violence comes two months after imprisoned gang leaders ordered attacks, causing the deaths of nearly 200 people in one week.

Candidate alleges more fraud in Mexican election

MEXICO CITY - Leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador widened his allegations Thursday that government and private groups conspired against him in an apparent losing bid for Mexico's presidency.

He claimed some commercial ad campaigns contained messages against him. He also said electoral officials were trying to fix vote counts and even accused some of his own poll watchers of selling out. He is trying to get a manual recount. The official tally showed Felipe Calderon winning the July 2 vote by fewer than 244,000 votes.

[Last modified July 14, 2006, 02:49:28]

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