Tamils accused of recruiting children
PUTUMATALAN, Sri Lanka -- Sri Lankan soldiers are killing children as young as 11 years old conscripted by the Tamil Tigers in their last stand, a military commander said.
"It's very difficult to shoot a child. But it does not matter what age, you have to shoot," said Jaggath Dias, ...
Pakistani forces battling Taliban in north
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- It could take another week for Pakistani government forces to push back Taliban insurgents in the country's northwest, a military spokesman says.
Major Gen. Athar Abbas says government forces secured mountain passes to the west and south of the Buner district Thursday while helicopter gunships hit Taliban positions ...
Mexico reports 40 more swine flu cases
MEXICO CITY -- Forty more people have tested positive for the H1N1 swine flu virus in Mexico, bringing confirmed cases to 300 with 12 deaths, authorities say.
Schools, businesses and non-essential government offices will be closed for five days in an effort to contain the outbreak. President Felipe Calderon urged people ...
1,200 flee Nova Scotia wildfire
HALIFAX, Nova Scotia -- A wind-driven wildfire burned almost 1,000 acres in Halifax, Nova Scotia, early Friday, forcing some 1,200 people from their homes, authorities said.
No injuries had been reported as the Canadian Red Cross mobilized to set up shelters and communications facilities.
Late Thursday, Halifax Mayor Peter Kelly said eight ...
April deadliest month of 2009 in Iraq
BAGHDAD -- Two Marines and a sailor were killed in Iraq Thursday, running the U.S Iraqi military death toll to 18, making April the deadliest month of 2009, CNN reported.
Sixteen of those troops died in combat. In March there were nine reported fatalities, the lowest monthly count of the year.