- - Thursday, December 15, 2011


Afghanistan asked to block U.S. drone flights

TEHRAN | Iran’s foreign minister demanded Thursday that Afghanistan stop allowing the U.S. to use bases there to launch drone flights over Iran, the official IRNA news agency reported.

Iran has displayed a pilotless U.S. aircraft it says was forced to land two weeks ago during a mission over Iran. The U.S. says it went down because of a malfunction.

“We have demanded the government of Afghanistan study the case seriously and not allow such an incident to happen anymore, otherwise it will be seen as an unfriendly act,” Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said, according to the report.

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said Wednesday that the U.S. will continue the operations.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai, meanwhile, said his country doesn’t want to be involved in any “adversarial relations” between the U.S. and Iran.

Earlier this week, Iran summoned an Afghan envoy to protest the violation of its airspace by the U.S. surveillance drone.


Two bodies found buried at student group office

MEXICO CITY | Two bodies have been found buried at the office of a student association in the western Mexico city of Guadalajara.

The Jalisco state prosecutors office said Wednesday that the bodies were found at the headquarters of the Federation of Guadalajara Students.

The office said it is investigating whether they are among five people who were reported missing after a dispute with the group’s officials.

The federation is an independent student association that often has clashed with other student groups in Mexico’s second-largest city.

The University of Guadalajara on Wednesday reported that four students and one of their fathers had disappeared after complaining about demands for payment by federation members.

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