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Improved health for Afghan children

KABUL, Afghanistan — Six years after the Taliban’s ouster, medical care in Afghanistan
has improved such that nearly 90,000 children who would
have died before age 5 in 2001 will survive this year, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Sunday.

Saddled for years with one of the world’s worst records on child health, Afghanistan has seen access to health care rise dramatically since the U.S.-led invasion.

Thousands of health clinics have been built across the country, and the Afghan government and aid agencies have trained tens of thousands of doctors, vaccinators and health volunteers who now reach into some of the country’s most remote areas.

7 Europeans freed in Chad kidnap case

N’DJAMENA, Chad — Seven Europeans among 17 detained for over a week in an alleged attempt to kidnap 103 African children were released Sunday and left the country with French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

It was the second time since taking office in May that the French leader has intervened in a major international legal dispute.

The Europeans — among them nine French citizens — were arrested Oct. 25 when a charity calling itself Zoe’s Ark was stopped from flying the children to Europe.

Interpol considers adding 6 to list

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Iran’s top diplomat says the U.S. and Israel are pressuring Interpol to put five Iranians and one Lebanese on its most wanted list next week for the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center that killed 85 people.

But the lead prosecutor in Argentina’s worst terror attack says the case is not political. Prosecutors say they have enough evidence for Interpol’s 186-member general assembly to approve “red notices” for the six suspects during a meeting that opens Monday in Marrakech, Morocco.

Vehicle crashes into cafe, killing 2

FAIRVIEW, Mich. — A driver ran off the road and crashed into a cafe, killing two people and injuring five others, police said.

Witnesses told police the vehicle driven by a 52-year-old Alpena man crossed the center line in this small Oscoda County community Saturday, ran off the roadway and crashed into the Fairview Coffee Shop and Bakery.

Virgil E. Spainhower, 70, of Glennie was pronounced dead at the scene and Ruby J. Lane, 61, of Grayling was pronounced dead at a hospital. Both were patrons at the cafe.

Food, water scarce after Mexico flood

VILLAHERMOSA, Mexico — Residents began running
perilously short of food and water in Mexico’s southern Gulf coast Sunday after a week of devastating floods that destroyed or damaged the homes of as many as half a million people.

Authorities said two more bodies were found Sunday floating in brackish waters covering much of the region. If the deaths were caused by the flooding, the disaster’s toll would stand at 10.

Compiled From Wire Reports

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