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Ministry says shooter of U.S. troops was ill

By TIMES WIRES
Published May 8, 2007


AFGHANISTAN - Afghanistan's Defense Ministry said Monday that an Afghan soldier who shot and killed two U.S. troops the day before outside a top-security prison was mentally ill. The gunman was shot dead by other Afghan troops at Pul-e-Charkhi prison, 20 miles east of Kabul, said Maj. Sheldon Smith, a spokesman for Combined Security Transition Command, which trains Afghan security forces. The shooter also wounded two soldiers.

 

Olmert survives votes on his ouster

ISRAEL - Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert survived three no-confidence votes against his government Monday, part of the political fallout from a harsh report on the country's leadership during last summer's war in Lebanon. Olmert's governing coalition affords him a large majority in the 120-seat Parliament, and the no-confidence motions were all rejected by a comfortable margin.

Elsewhere

Poland: The government is preparing a law that will give local authorities a free hand to remove monuments of "praise for the communist dictatorship" but also will require the preservation of memorials that honor Soviet soldiers, a Cabinet minister said Monday.

Germany: The president refused a clemency request from former left-wing terrorist Christian Klar, who is serving life in prison for taking part in killings by the Red Army Faction three decades ago, his office said Monday.