Karzai says NATO killed innocent man
KABUL | President Hamid Karzai said Thursday that coalition forces killed an innocent former local government official in southern Afghanistan, but NATO insisted that the man was shot after threatening the troops with a grenade.
It was the latest in a series of disputes between the U.S.-led force and Mr. Karzai’s government, which has denounced night raids, saying they result in too many civilian deaths and disrupt the daily lives of the Afghan people.
A statement released by Mr. Karzai’s office said the president called Helmand provincial Gov. Gulab Mangul after learning that Haji Ibrahim, the former chief of Gereshk district, had been killed Monday.
The governor confirmed the incident and told Mr. Karzai that Mr. Ibrahim and the six relatives who were arrested during the nighttime operation were not insurgents, the statement from Mr. Karzai’s office said.
Nobel honor keeps Norway ties strained
BEIJING | China said Thursday that its ties with Norway continue to be strained after the Oslo-based Nobel Committee awarded this year’s peace prize to a jailed Chinese dissident.
The Chinese government’s anger has been on public display since October, when the Nobel Committee selected activist Liu Xiaobo, who is serving an 11-year sentence for subversion for co-authoring Charter 08, an appeal for democratic reforms in communist China.
The committee operates independently, but a furious China holds Norway responsible.
Beijing has launched a propaganda campaign in the state-controlled media to demonize Mr. Liu as a criminal and to portray the Nobel award as a political tool used by the West to undermine China.
Police crack down on passport fakes
BANGKOK | Suspects arrested in Spain and Thailand in connection with an international ring that provided forged passports to terrorists may have passed fake documents to the perpetrators of the 2004 Madrid bombings, Thai authorities said Thursday.