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AFGHANISTAN: NATO forces responsible for six civilian deaths

NATO took the blame and apologized on Friday for accidentally killing six civilians and wounding several others in eastern Afghanistan - just a day after five Afghan soldiers died in a botched coalition airstrike. The incidents come as international troops are trying to gain the trust of the Afghan people and improve coordination with Afghan security forces in hopes of handing over more responsibility for security to them nearly nine years into the war. NATO said an assessment team of coalition and Afghan forces determined that the civilians were killed when artillery fire fell short of its target Thursday in Jani Khel district of Paktia province. In the past two days, Afghan and NATO leaders have met with elders and community leaders in Jani Khel to discuss the incident.

UNITED NATIONS: North Korea declares victory

The UN Security Council on Friday condemned a deadly attack on a South Korean warship that killed 46 sailors and pointed a finger toward North Korea but didn't directly blame the communist nation. North Korea's UN Ambassador Sin Son Ho called it "our great diplomatic victory," stressing that his country had nothing to do with the sinking of the 1,200-ton Cheonan on March 26. North Korea had warned its military forces would respond if the council questioned or condemned the country. At the same time, he said North Korea will make "efforts" to continue the denuclearization process through six-party talks.

COLOMBIA: Suing over her captivity

Former hostage Ingrid Betancourt has asked Colombia's government to pay her $6.8 million for damages she suffered during six years in rebel captivity. The request was made public Friday by the government, which expressed surprise and consternation. Betancourt, 48, was kidnapped in 2002 by leftist guerrillas while campaigning for president in Colombia's south. She was among 15 captives - including three Americans - rescued in 2008 by Colombia's military after months of preparation.


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