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A spokesman for the U.S. military had no immediate comment on the incident, but NATO — which runs a separate force under overall U.S. command — said it carried out the air strike after alliance forces came under attack by insurgents.


Group slams censoring of Web

COLOMBO — The international press-freedom group Reporters Without Borders has called on Sri Lanka’s government to stop censoring a Web site closely tied to the rebel Tamil Tiger movement. Local access to the site has been blocked for days.

Sri Lanka’s government and military Thursday both denied they had ordered Internet service providers to block the site, which officials widely dismiss as an outlet for pro-rebel propaganda.

But Sri Lanka’s leading mobile operator, Dialog Telekom, said that it had blocked access to the site on the orders of the government.


Minister admits fraud with ex-premier

DHAKA — A former Bangladeshi health minister arrested as part of the government’s graft crackdown has confessed to sharing extorted money with ex-Prime Minister Hasina Wazed, press reports said yesterday.

Fazlul Karim Selim told a Dhaka court in a statement that he gave a portion of $430,000 extorted from a power company to Mrs. Hasina during her 1996-2001 rule, the Daily Star newspaper said.

Mrs. Hasina, the head of the Awami League party, has denied any wrongdoing and vowed to clear her name.

From wire dispatches and staff reports