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NATO Attacks Afghan Buses, Killing 27 Civilians -- News from Antiwar.com

NATO Attacks Afghan Buses, Killing 27 Civilians -- News from Antiwar.com: "NATO warplanes launched an air strike against three minibuses traveling in the Uruzgan Province near Kandahar today, killing at least 27 civilians and wounding at least 12 others. The Afghan cabinet initially put the toll at 33, but revised it downward for some unknown reason."

Al Jazeera English - Africa - Al-Bashir to sign Darfur peace deal

Al Jazeera English - Africa - Al-Bashir to sign Darfur peace deal: "Omar al-Bashir, Sudan's president, has arrived in Qatar to conclude a peace agreement that could see an end to the war in Darfur.

Al-Bashir is expected to formally sign the peace agreement between the Sudanese government and the Justice and Equality Movement (Jem), Darfur's largest opposition group, on Tuesday, in Doha, the Qatari capital."

Al Jazeera English - CENTRAL/S. ASIA - Deadly blast hits Afghanistan

Al Jazeera English - CENTRAL/S. ASIA - Deadly blast hits Afghanistan: "Monday's suicide attack came just hours after it emerged that a Nato air raid had killed at least 33 civilians in Uruzgan province on Sunday.

Nato on Sunday confirmed that it fired on a group of vehicles that it believed contained fighters, only to discover later that women and children were in the cars.

Isaf, Nato's force in Afghanistan, did not provide a figure of how many died.

The deaths in Uruzgan came on the heels of an emotional appeal by Hamid Karzai, Afghanistan's president, for international troops to try harder to prevent civilian deaths.

He told parliament on Saturday that although progress was being made in limiting civilian casualties, people were still dying.

He held up a picture of an eight-year-old girl who lost 12 relatives in a Nato rocket attack during the second day of the assault on Marjah - Operation Moshtarak - which began on February 13.

The latest deaths came as a joint Afghan, …

Helping Haiti, for a Price -- In These Times

Helping Haiti, for a Price -- In These Times: "Within hours of the earthquake that caused the deaths of an estimated 200,000 Haitians on January 12, U.S.-based private security firms sprang into action.

On January 13, as stories of looting and lawlessness in Port-au-Prince began appearing in news reports, the private security industry member organization the International Peace Operations Association (IPOA) created a new page on its website listing companies “prepared to provide a wide variety of critical relief services to the earthquake’s victims.” Listed firms include Triple Canopy, which last year took over Blackwater Worldwide’s (now called XE) contract to protect U.S. diplomats in Iraq."