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The Afghan government has ordered a review of foreign troop actions amid allegations that large numbers of civilians have died in recent raids and airstrikes by US and NATO forces. The review calls for negotiating a possible end to "airstrikes on civilian targets, uncoordinated house searches, and illegal detention of Afghan civilians." Meanwhile, the government has established a task force in Kabul to seek the release of Kazuya Ito , a Japanese agricultural aid worker, who was kidnapped Tuesday at gunpoint with his driver, who was released. The Taliban claimed to be involved.

A suicide bomber in Jalula, Iraq, drove a car laden with explosives Tuesday into a group of police recruits, killing 25 people, police and witnesses said. Elsewhere in the volatile Diyala Province, a roadside bombed killed five members of a family.

North Korea has stopped disabling its nuclear reactor and will consider restoring the plutonium-producing facility in anger over Washington's failure to remove it from the US list of state sponsors of terrorism, Pyongyang said Tuesday.

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