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Taliban infiltrator kills NATO soldier

July 17, 2011

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Afghanistan

KABUL - A man in an Afghan Army uniform shot and killed a NATO service member yesterday, and the Taliban said the assailant was a sleeper agent who had infiltrated the Afghan military. The shooting was part of a spate of weekend attacks that killed at least 10 people, including three other foreign troops. (AP)

Venezuela
Chavez travels to Cuba for treatment CARACAS - President Hugo Chavez traveled to Cuba yesterday to begin chemotherapy, vowing to win his fight against cancer and calling for his political allies to stay united in his absence. Before leaving Caracas, Chavez said: “It’s not time to die. It’s time to live.’’ The leftist leader, 56, has not said how long he expects to stay in Havana, but delegated some of his duties to Vice President Elias Jaua. (AP)

Pakistan
10 Sunni Muslims killed in ambush PARACHINAR - Gunmen ambushed a bus carrying Sunni Muslims and killed all 10 passengers in a troubled northwestern tribal region yesterday, a government official said. At the time of the ambush in the Kurram region, the bus was traveling in an area dominated by minority Shi’ite Muslims, said a local government official. (AP)

Iraq
5 die, dozens hurt in separate blasts BAGHDAD - Two separate blasts killed five people and wounded nearly three dozen yesterday, Iraqi officials said. The first bomb, hidden in an empty rickshaw, blew up near Shi’ite pilgrims headed to the holy city of Karbala, killing two people and wounding 26, policemen said. In Baghdad, a bomb in a minibus parked outside a club killed three passersby and wounded at least nine, according to police. (AP)

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