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The US military disputed on Tuesday the toll of 96 civilians the Afghan government said were killed in a US-led coalition airstrike in western Afghanistan last month, saying only five to seven civilians had been killed. The Afghan government has said mostly women and children died in the bombardment of Taliban insurgents, an allegation backed by the United Nations.

The amount of money Mexicans sent home suffered its sharpest drop on record in July as the US economy slowed and the dollar fell, Mexico's central bank reported Monday. Remittances – Mexico's second-largest source of foreign income after oil – dropped by 6.9 percent in July compared to the year before. Over 20 percent of Mexican migrants work in construction in the US, a sector hit particularly hard by the US mortgage crisis.

Paraguay President Fernando Lugo warned Monday of a possible coup plot against his new government by "antidemocratic and retrograde" elements. He said that rival politicians had summoned a key military figure to gauge support for their political ambitions, but the alleged participants denied such a meeting ever happened.

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