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MONDAY, MAY 7, 2007

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Afghan soldier kills 2 U.S. troops

KABUL, Afghanistan — An Afghan soldier shot and killed two U.S. soldiers and wounded two more outside a top-security prison near Kabul on Sunday, a U.S. military spokesman said.

The gunman was shot dead by other Afghan troops at Pul-e-Charkhi prison, some 20 miles east of Kabul, said Maj. Sheldon Smith, a spokesman for Combined Security Transition Command, a body that trains and mentors Afghan security forces.

The Americans were providing external security for the prison when they were shot, Smith said.

Conservative wins French presidency

PARIS — Conservative Nicolas Sarkozy won the French presidency by a comfortable margin Sunday and immediately signaled his victory would mean friendly relations with the United States.

His socialist opponent, Segolene Royal, conceded defeat for her hopes of becoming France’s first woman president. With nearly 70 percent of ballots counted, Sarkozy had just over 53 percent of the vote, according to the Interior Ministry.

Groups say Israelis abuse prisoners

JERUSALEM — Israeli interrogators frequently beat Palestinian suspects, shackle them in painful positions and deprive them of sleep, defying a 1999 court ruling outlawing torture, two Israeli human rights groups said Sunday.

Israel’s Justice Ministry said interrogations were carried out within the law and described the report as badly flawed.

9 soldiers killed in plane crash

EL-NAKHL, Egypt — A plane carrying foreign peacekeepers across the Sinai desert crashed Sunday near a stretch of highway where it had tried to make an emergency landing, killing eight French soldiers and a Canadian, officials said.

Capt. Mohammed Badr, a police officer in Sinai, said the plane went down 50 miles from the nearest major town, el-Nakhl.

It appeared the Canadian-made DeHavilland DHC-6 Twin Otter tried to land on the mountain highway but clipped a truck and crashed nearby.

Wreckage of Kenyan jetliner found

DOUALA, Cameroon — The wreckage of a Kenya Airways jetliner missing for nearly two days was found Sunday in a dense mangrove forest outside Cameroon’s commercial capital, aviation officials said. There was no information on survivors.

The chief executive of Kenya Airways said he had no news about the plane’s condition or about the 114 people who were on board.

The wreckage was found about 12 miles southeast of Douala, along its flight path. But it was unclear whether it might have been returning to the airport.

Minister pulls out of presidential race

ANKARA, Turkey — Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul withdrew his candidacy for presidential elections after Parliament failed to reach a quorum Sunday needed to elect a new president, the state-run Anatolia news agency reported.

Parliament was short of the 367 legislators needed to proceed with the vote after holding two separate roll-calls, Speaker Bulent Arinc said.

The vote was being repeated after Turkey’s Constitutional Court, siding with the secular opposition, annulled a first-round of voting last week saying not enough legislators were present.

“I am withdrawing my candidacy,” Anatolia quoted Gul as saying. “My candidacy is out of the question at this point.”

$100 million given to slow warming

KYOTO, Japan — Japan pledged $100 million in grants to the Asian Development Bank on Sunday to combat global warming and promote greener investment in the region and called for a stronger international agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

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