KABUL — A roadside bomb killed four American troops in southern Afghanistan, the U.S. said Friday, as a U.N.-backed panel finished most of its investigation into whether the level of fraud in the August presidential election would force a runoff.
Rising U.S. casualties and the political crisis triggered by a fraud-marred election have prompted the Obama administration to review its entire Afghanistan war strategy, including proposals to send thousands more troops here or shift the focus to missile strikes and special operations raids against al-Qaida figures in Pakistan.
Zimbabwe coalition breaks down
HARARE, Zimbabwe — Citing the "persecution" of a top aide, Zimbabwe's prime minister abandoned — at least temporarily — shared rule with President Robert Mugabe, marking a setback to the country's struggle to emerge from political gridlock, economic collapse and international isolation and sanctions.
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Morgan Tsvangirai told reporters Friday that his party members would not attend Cabinet meetings or engage in other executive work with Mugabe's party. His erstwhile governing partners said good riddance, even though both sides need the coalition.
9 mutilated bodies found in Mexico state
MEXICO CITY — Mutilated bodies of nine people turned up in coastal Guerrero state, authorities said Friday, amid a spike in drug-related violence there.
The victims were beheaded, hacked to pieces and left in 18 black plastic bags in the bed of a pickup in the town of Tlapehuala, Guerrero's public safety department said.
Officials said they had not identified the victims, whose remains were found late Thursday in a rural zone, nicknamed Tierra Caliente, or "hot land," that is known for drug-trafficking activity.