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A joint Afghan and US military investigation has concluded that an airstrike last week killed 37 civilians and wounded 35 more after Taliban militants launched an ambush from the cover of a village, the US military said. A string of mistaken US airstrikes this year have killed at least 150 Afghan civilians, prompting President Hamad Karzai to call on US President-elect Barack Obama to make it his priority to stop innocents from being killed.

Congo's Army advanced toward rebel lines Saturday, with renewed fighting near the provincial capital of Goma threatening a fragile cease-fire. Rebel leader Laurent Nkunda, who defected from the Congolese Army in 2004, is accused of crimes against humanity by a UN envoy.

Inspired by Barack Obama's election, French politicians from the left and right signed a "manifesto," published Sunday, that calls on employers to hire more minorities and urges the government to fight racism and improve schools in ethnically diverse neighborhoods. The Journal du Dimanche said first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy supported the manifesto but couldn't sign it because of her political status.


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