- - Sunday, July 22, 2012

KABUL — Two Americans were among three foreign civilian contractors working for NATO killed Sunday when a man in an Afghan security force uniform turned his weapon on them, an Afghan official said.

The shooter was killed in the attack in the west of the country, NATO’s International Security Assistance Force said in a statement, without giving further details or naming the nationalities of the victims.

An Afghan official who requested anonymity said he knew two Americans had been killed in the attack and they had been shot by an Afghan man in a police uniform in a military training center near the Herat airport.
The number of “green-on-blue” attacks — in which Afghan forces turn their weapons against their Western allies — has escalated this year.

The latest deaths would take the green-on-blue toll this year to at least 29 in 19 such attacks.

CUBA

Longtime dissident dies in auto accident

HAVANA — Cuban activist Oswaldo Paya, who spent decades speaking out against the communist government of Fidel and Raul Castro and became one of the most powerful voices of dissent against their half-century rule, died Sunday in a car crash. He was 60.

Paya and a Cuban man described by media as a fellow activist, Harold Cepero Escalante, died in a one-car crash in La Gavina, just outside the eastern city of Bayamo, Cuban authorities said. A Spaniard and a Swede also riding in the car were injured.

Cuba’s International Press Center told the Associated Press that witnesses said the driver of the rental car lost control and struck a tree. Police are investigating.

CHINA

Heavy rain kills 10 in Beijing

BEIJING — The heaviest rain to hit Beijing in six decades killed at least 10 people and left cars and buses submerged, and 10 other storm deaths were reported elsewhere as China braced Sunday for more downpours.

The rain Saturday night knocked down trees in Beijing and trapped cars and buses in waist-deep water in some areas. In Tongzhou district on the capital’s eastern outskirts, two people were killed by collapsed roofs, one person was fatally struck by lightning and a fourth person was electrocuted by a fallen power line as he helped neighbors escape, the government’s Xinhua News Agency said.

One man in Beijing died when his car was trapped in deep water near the city center, the newspaper Beijing News said.

Elsewhere, six people were killed by rain-triggered landslides in Sichuan province in the west, Xinhua said, citing disaster officials. Four people died in Shanxi province in the north when their truck was swept away by a rain-swollen river.

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