Afghan leaders criticize Karzai

KABUL — President Hamid Karzai's scathing attack on the West for its role in Afghanistan drew criticism Saturday from Afghan politicians after the White House described his remarks as genuinely troubling.

Despite Karzai's attempt at damage control, including a telephone conversation with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, his allegations laid bare the growing mistrust between the Afghan government and its international partners as the United States and NATO ramp up troop levels to try to turn back the Taliban.

Shootout kills 7 on Mexico's east coast

MEXICO CITY — A shootout between rival gangs at a nightclub left seven people dead in a Mexican Gulf coast city besieged by drug-related battles, while rumors of gunfire prompted people to flee a street fair where singer Jenni Rivera had been about to perform.

Five men and two women were killed late Friday in the shootout between rival gangs at the nightclub in Tampico, the state government of Tamaulipas said on its Web site.

Also Friday evening, thousands of people fled a fair in Tampico amid reports of a shooting just as Mexican star Jenni Rivera was about to perform, the daily newspaper Reforma reported. Reforma said security forces evacuated the crowd.

White supremacist is bludgeoned to death

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — South Africa's white supremacist leader Eugene Terreblanche was bludgeoned to death by two farm workers Tuesday evening in an apparent dispute over wages, police said.

Terreblanche, 69, was leader of the Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging movement that wanted to create three all-white republics within South Africa in which blacks would be allowed only as guest workers.