- - Wednesday, June 16, 2010

AFGHANISTAN

Roadside bomb kills two U.S. troops

KABUL | A roadside bombing killed two U.S. service members in northern Afghanistan Wednesday, officials said, pushing the death toll among American troops so far this month to 30.

The attack occurred in the Baghi Shirkat area, about 19 miles west of Kunduz city, said Kunduz provincial government spokesman Muhbobullah Sayedi. The troops were in a vehicle that hit a roadside bomb, he said.

U.S. forces spokesman Lt. Col. Joseph T. Breasseale confirmed the deaths.

U.S. and Afghan forces conducted an operation early Wednesday in Baghi Shirkat in which 12 militants were killed, including two local Taliban commanders, Mr. Sayedi said.

June is shaping up to be one of the deadliest months for U.S. troops in the nearly nine-year-old Afghan war, as insurgents have stepped up attacks in response to a NATO push into Taliban strongholds in the south.

FRANCE

At least 18 killed in Riviera flooding

DRAGUIGNAN | At least 18 people were killed when flash floods hit the backhills of the French Riviera, the local administration said Wednesday.

The death toll was preliminary, the Var region prefecture said.

Officials earlier said that 15 people died in the flooding that turned streets into yard-high brown rivers, and 12 more were missing.

The floods swept away cars, trees and parts of houses in a downpour that devastated the picturesque region in the hills behind a portion of the Riviera.

SOUTH KOREA

North warns U.N.: Handle sinking fairly

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