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Afghans to take control of war

TALLINN, Estonia — Fearful of losing public support for the war in Afghanistan, the U.S. and NATO on Friday agreed to start transferring control of the country back to its leaders by year's end but acknowledged that achieving stability will take decades.

If successful, the transition plan approved by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and representatives of the 27 other NATO countries would enable President Obama to meet his target date of July 2011 for starting to bring American troops home.

6 police officers, teen die in Mexico violence

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico — Gunmen ambushed two police vehicles at a busy intersection in Ciudad Juarez on Friday, killing six officers and a 17-year-old girl, authorities said.

Chihuahua state spokesman Enrique Torres Valadez said five of the six police officers were federal, and one was municipal. Authorities said the police officers were distracted by someone selling items on the street when the gunmen opened fire.

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