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Son of Dutch defense chief is killed in Afghanistan

The Hague, Netherlands

Afghan Bomb kills son of defense chief

The son of the Dutch defense chief was killed Friday by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan. Lt. Dennis van Uhm, 23, was one of two Dutch soldiers killed in the explosion seven miles northwest of Camp Holland, the Dutch military base in the restive southern province of Uruzgan. Two more soldiers were injured, one critically. Van Uhm's father, Gen. Peter van Uhm, was installed Thursday as the Netherlands' defense chief.

• Taliban commander Ahmad Shah was killed in a shootout with security forces in Pakistan, American and Pakistani officials confirmed Friday. Shah lead militants who ambushed U.S. commandos in June 2005 and shot down a Chinook helicopter sent to rescue them. Sixteen U.S. troops on the helicopter died.


Former navy officers indicted in killing

Five high-ranking retired navy officers were indicted Friday in the abduction, torture and killing of British-Chilean priest Michael Woodward and other dissidents in the days following Chile's 1973 military coup that brought Gen. Augusto Pinochet to power. Woodward was allegedly tortured with other detainees on at least two navy ships used as detention centers and died on Sept. 22.

Bangkok, Thailand

Olympic torch gets security, luxury hotel

Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej said Friday that Thais should be honored the Olympic torch is passing through their country and protesters would be "crazy and unreasonable" to disrupt the relay. The torch arrived in the morning under tight security and was quickly whisked to a luxury hotel. Thailand's crown princess welcomed the flame, which will be run through Bangkok today and leave for Malaysia tonight.

KARACHI, Pakistan

India sends runaway boys back to families

Two boys who ran away from home and sneaked across the heavily guarded Indian border were reunited with their families in Pakistan on Friday after Indian authorities deported them. Azhar Ansari, 17, and Zohaib Ali, 11, shocked their relatives when they appeared on television April 14 telling Indian police they ran away because their parents beat them with sticks to make them go to school.


MEXICO CITY: A military helicopter crashed in western Mexico on Friday, killing 11 soldiers on their way to raid a marijuana field, the Defense Department said. One soldier was injured.

Guangzhou, China: Typhoon Neoguri weakened into a tropical storm Friday after hitting China's southern island province of Hainan, where 120,000 people fled low-lying areas and 3,000 more were stranded at an airport.

Times wires

Son of Dutch defense chief is killed in Afghanistan 04/18/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 28, 2010 10:39am]
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