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Derry man dies in Afghan blitz

A Co Derry man was among seven troops killed in Afghanistan in the worst single day for foreign troops since October 14, when eight troops were killed in five separate incidents.

Three more were killed on Saturday as violence spiked across the country with a string of attacks in the south, east, and north as well as the capital, Kabul.

The Co Derry soldier, aged 20 and serving with the Royal Irish Regiment, has yet to be named.



North Koreans flock south

South Korea says the number of North Koreans defecting to the South has surged in recent years because of economic suffering in the North, with more than 10,000 defections over the past three years.

It said about as many North Koreans had defected to the South since 2007 than over the entire previous period since the 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice. The overall total stands now at 20,050.

Most defectors travel through China.



Drunk mows down bikers

A man at the wheel of a car which swerved into a group of motorcyclists celebrating their club's 10th anniversary, killing his companion and four riders, has been arrested on suspicion of drink-driving.

Carlos Ramirez, of Mexicali, Mexico, was among six people injured in the weekend crash on a remote desert highway, said California Highway Patrol Officer DeeAnn Goudie.

His companion, a 31-year-old Mexicali woman who owned the car, was killed.



US lashed for hiding Nazis

A secret report has condemned the US government for knowingly allowing Nazis to settle in America after World War Two.

"America, which prided itself on being a safe haven for the persecuted, became in some small measure a safe haven for persecutors as well," the document, chronicling the history of the US Justice Department's Nazi-hunting unit, said.

The New York Times obtained a copy of the report, which the National Security Archive, a private group, posted on its website.


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