KABUL — A U.S. team working with Afghan soldiers swooped in on a militant stronghold in the country’s west, killing at least 30 Taliban fighters, U.S. and Afghan officials said Monday. Elsewhere, a Taliban highway ambush left six truckers dead, and a roadside bomb killed another six Afghans in a crowded van.
Farah provincial Gov. Roh ul-Amin said no airstrikes were used during the battle. U.S. Gen. Stanley McChrystal has made protecting Afghan civilians a priority and sharply restricted the use of airstrikes.
Cuba somewhat conciliatory toward Washington at UN
UNITED NATIONS — Cuba adopted a moderately conciliatory tone toward the United States at the United Nations General Assembly on Monday, saying it is ready to normalize relations and, until then, wants to work with Washington to fight drug and people smuggling, protect the environment and cope with natural disasters.
Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said Cuba had approached the American government with “a set of essential topics” it considers imperative to improving bilateral ties, including doing away with the so-called “wet-foot, dry-foot” immigration policy.
Guinea soldiers shoot dead at least 10 protesters
CONAKRY, Guinea — Soldiers fired into a crowded stadium where demonstrators had gathered to protest against the West African nation’s coup leader Monday, killing at least 10 people, an Associated Press reporter said.
Demonstrators chanted “We want true democracy,” before being fired upon
UN warns leaders time running out for climate deal
BANGKOK — The United Nations on Monday warned world leaders they have only 70 days to reach a new deal to limit global warming, while environmentalists pointed to the deadly floods in the Philippines to illustrate the already devastating impact of climate change.
Only hours after negotiations began, rich and poor nations were already flinging their usual rebukes at one another for failing to do their part to reach a deal to replace the Kyoto Protocol, which expires in 2012.
— Herald wire reports