Afghanistan: Misleading info
KABUL Afghan officials said Thursday that a deadly U.S.-led special forces raid on a remote western village last week was based on misleading information provided by a rival clan.
It was the latest twist in a tangled debate over what happened. U.N. officials say the raid killed up to 90 civilians, most of them children. A NATO official said U.S. and Afghan troops were fired on first, touching off a battle of several hours that killed 25 militants and five civilians.
Argentina: Ex-generals guilty
BUENOS AIRES An Argentine court convicted two former generals on Thursday for the murder of a senator during the country's seven-year military dictatorship and sentenced them to life in prison.
Retired Gens. Antonio Bussi and Luciano Menendez were found guilty of kidnapping, torturing and murdering Sen. Guillermo Vargas Aignasse.
Bolivia: Vote on constitution
LA PAZ Bolivian President Evo Morales has announced that a hotly disputed draft constitution will be put to voters in a referendum.
Morales is seeking a new constitution to give power to the country's long-marginalized indigenous majority. The opposition says the document does not represent all Bolivians.
The proposed charter would also allow the re-election of sitting presidents.
Brazil: Diaper is life-saver
SAO PAULO A disposable diaper has saved the life of an 18-month-old boy, breaking his fall from a third-floor apartment window, officials said Thursday.
Caua Felipe Massaneiro survived a 30-foot fall because his diaper snagged on a security spike embedded in the concrete wall around his apartment building in the northeastern Brazilian city of Recife.
Guyana: Gang leader killed
GEORGETOWN A gang leader accused of orchestrating two village massacres that left 23 people dead in Guyana was killed in a shootout Thursday after authorities raided one of his hideouts, police said.
Rondell Rawlins, the South American country's most wanted fugitive, and two other suspected gang members were gunned down by police and soldiers, police commander Welton Trotz said.
India: Dalai Lama in hospital
MUMBAI The Dalai Lama was admitted to a hospital in this western Indian city on Thursday to undergo tests for abdominal discomfort, his spokesman said.
"Since tests haven't begun yet, we don't know what the ailment is," Tenzin Takla told The Associated Press. "Medical tests will begin on Friday."
Mexico: Abortion law upheld
MEXICO CITY Mexico's Supreme Court upheld the capital's abortion law Thursday, setting a precedent for the rest of the country that could inspire other Latin American cities.
Mexico City is one of the few places in Latin America that allows abortion without limitations in the first trimester, although abortion rights groups complain most doctors still refuse to do the procedure.
Vietnam: Parishioners beaten
HANOI Police used stun guns and beat parishioners protesting the arrest of fellow church members who have demanded the return of land they say was taken by Vietnam's communist government in the early 1960s, a Catholic priest said Thursday.
About 300 people gathered in front of the police station to pray for the release of those arrested. Some five hours after the crowd arrived, several hundred police officers used force to break up the crowd, witnesses said.