- - Monday, July 9, 2012

KABUL — A manhunt was under way Monday for Taliban militants who publicly executed a woman accused of adultery, Afghan authorities said, as outrage mounted after a video of the cold-blooded killing surfaced.

President Hamid Karzai called the killing “disgusting and unforgivable,” and ordered security forces to spare no effort in arresting and punishing those responsible.

The commander of NATO’s 130,000 troops in Afghanistan, Marine Corps Gen. John Allen, offered to help local security forces track and capture the men involved in what he called “an atrocity of unspeakable cruelty”.

The brutal shooting of the lone woman before a cheering mob of men is shown in graphic detail in a video of the event in a village in Parwan province some 60 miles north of the capital, Kabul.


Mexico: U.S. agents shoot Mexican on Texas border

MEXICO CITY — The Mexican government said one of its citizens was shot by U.S. Border Patrol agents on the border with Texas, saying it condemns what it calls disproportionate use of force.

The Border Patrol said Saturday that agents had opened fire along the Rio Grande after being pelted by rocks and having a gunman point a weapon in their direction from the Mexican side of the river.

The agency said that it did not know if anyone else was hurt, but that the Mexican government had been notified. The FBI also is investigating.

The Mexican Foreign Ministry on Monday did not identify the victim, or give details of the incident, but said it told the U.S. that the use of lethal force was unacceptable.


Panel backs legalizing West Bank outposts

JERUSALEM — A government-commissioned report released Monday has recommended that Israel legalize dozens of unsanctioned West Bank settlement outposts, a move that would defy international opposition to settling on land Palestinians want for a future state.

The report, written by a committee with pro-settler sympathies, also reaffirmed Israel’s longstanding position, at odds with most of the world, that the West Bank is not occupied territory and therefore Israel has the legal right to settle it.

The panel’s recommendations, which include annulling past Supreme Court orders and other legal rulings in order to facilitate settlement construction, have not been endorsed by the government.

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