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Osprey crashes in Afghanistan, killing four

KABUL — A U.S. Air Force Osprey went down in southeastern Afghanistan, killing three service members and one civilian contractor in the first crash of the costly tilt-rotor aircraft in a combat zone, the U.S. military said.

It's unclear what caused the crash of the U.S. military's latest generation transport aircraft — beset for years by cost overruns and design flaws.

A NATO statement Friday said "numerous other service members" were injured when the aircraft crashed late Thursday seven miles from Qalat, capital of Zabul province, about 200 miles southwest of Kabul.

Kyrgyzstan protesters get Russia's backing

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan — In a remarkable role reversal, Russia has positioned itself as a supporter of democratic reform and the protests that toppled this nation's autocratic president, while the United States is increasingly viewed here as a cynical bully, backing a corrupt, abusive leader who refuses to resign.

Those perceptions, expressed by ordinary people as well as members of the opposition coalition now in control of most of Kyrgyzstan, have been fueled by Moscow's quick embrace of the new government and Washington's more cautious response.

Russia may suspend child adoptions in U.S.

MOSCOW — Russia threatened to suspend all child adoptions by U.S. families after a 7-year-old boy adopted by a woman from Tennessee was sent alone on a one-way flight back to Moscow with a note saying he was violent and had severe psychological problems.

The boy, Artyom Savelyev, was put on a plane by his adopted grandmother, Nancy Hansen of Shelbyville.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov called the actions by the grandmother "the last straw" in a string of U.S. adoptions gone wrong, including three in which Russian children had died in the U.S.

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