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AFGHANISTAN: Afghan soldier kills 3 Britons

An Afghan soldier attacked his unsuspecting British partners in the south early Tuesday, killing three soldiers and wounding four others and prompting an apology from President Hamid Karzai. As soldiers in Helmand province searched for the killer, the top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan, Gen. David Petraeus, echoed the condolences voiced by Karzai and warned against letting the incident damage the alliance between NATO and Afghan troops. Prime Minister David Cameron, who has set a five-year time limit on Britain's stay in Afghanistan, said the "absolutely appalling incident" would not change his country's strategy. The attack took place about 2:30 a.m. inside a patrol base used by British and Afghan soldiers in the Helmand village of Babaji.


GAZA: Supply boat diverted to Egypt

A Libyan boat carrying supplies for Gaza was sailing toward Egypt late Tuesday instead of trying to run a naval blockade of the Palestinian territory, Israeli military officials said, apparently defusing a potential confrontation on the high seas. The Israelis said the ship captain informed the Israeli navy ships tailing him that he was heading for the Egyptian port of el-Arish. El-Arish is in the Egyptian Sinai Desert next to Gaza. Just before midnight, the Libyan ship's crew said they were experiencing engine trouble.


UGANDA: Arrests in World Cup bombings

Several arrests have been made in connection with the twin bombings that killed 76 people watching the World Cup final, officials said Tuesday. Investigators also unearthed an unexploded suicide vest in a disco, suggesting that the Somali militants believed responsible for Sunday's attacks had planned to bomb a third venue. The vest contained lines of ball bearings similar to material found after the bombings at an Ethiopian restaurant and a rugby club, which occurred as boisterous fans were watching the championship match between Spain and the Netherlands, police officials said.


CHINA: 17 dead in landslides, 44 missing

Landslides slammed into three mountain hamlets in western China early Tuesday, killing 17 people and leaving 44 missing, while crews drained a fast-rising reservoir following heavy rains. The landslides swept through three different areas before dawn, state media said. In the worst-hit town of Xiaohe in Yunnan province, four died and rescuers were searching for 42 others. In neighboring Sichuan, seven died in Yandai village. Six bodies were recovered in Sima village.

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