Wednesday, November 25
UNITED STATES-AFGHAN-HOSPITAL ATTACK
NEW: Afghan hospital said to be misidentified before being bombed
WASHINGTON (AP) — An investigative report on the U.S. air attack that killed more than two dozen civilians at a medical charity's hospital in northern Afghanistan last month says the crew of the attacking plane misidentified the target, believing it to be a government compound taken over by the Taliban.
The report says the crew of the U.S. AC-130 gunship relied on a physical description of the compound provided by Afghan forces, which led the crew to attack the wrong target. The plane fired 211 shells at the compound before commanders realized the mistake and ordered a halt.
The report says the attack on Oct. 3 in the city of Kunduz killed at least 31 civilians and injured 28 others.
A copy of the report was obtained by The Associated Press today.
More troops ahead of Paris global warming talks
BRUSSELS (AP) — France is deploying additional police and troops to guard some 140 world leaders expected in the Paris region for critical talks on fighting global warming.
France remains on high alert for possible terrorist attacks after Islamic extremists killed at least 130 people in the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris.
Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve says France will impose tight road traffic restrictions and maintain controls on its borders, which are normally open to other European countries.
Terror suspect's brother makes a plea
BRUSSELS (AP) — The brother of a suspect in this month's Paris terror attacks is urging him to surrender to police immediately.
Mohamed Abdeslam tells RTL radio that he shares the pain of victims' families and wishes he and his family could have done something to prevent the bloodshed across Paris on Nov. 13.
Salah Abdeslam is believed to have been a potential bomber in the attacks, but fled the scene.
There's an international warrant for his arrest. Brother Brahim Abdeslam blew himself up in front of a Paris cafe.
Russia says downing was a planned provocation
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Syria's army is now saying that it helped Russian forces rescue the surviving Russian pilot whose plane was shot down by Turkey.
The Syrian armed forces say they went into areas where rebels were entrenched to rescue the pilot, who they say is in "good health."
The other pilot of the Russian jet downed Tuesday was reported dead and his body was captured by Syrian rebels.
Russian foreign minister says the downing was a planned provocation.
Biden attends summit on migrant, refugee crisis
ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) —Vice President Joe Biden is in Croatia for a summit of southeast European leaders that focuses on tensions and security concerns brought about by the migrant and refugee crisis.
The refugee crisis is stoking tensions among the countries on the so-called Balkan migrant corridor — Greece, Macedonia, Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia.
And the stakes were further raised with word that at least two terrorists involved in the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris had passed through Greece, apparently posing as migrants.
Afghan troops search for people on chopper
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan defense officials say a rescue operation is under way after a helicopter making an emergency landing in a Taliban-controlled region was ambushed by the Taliban.
Officials say three people were killed and 18 were captured.
Moldova's interior minister says the two pilots and the flight engineer are Moldovan citizens, and that the helicopter belonged to a Moldovan company on a U.N. peacekeeping mission.
NEW: Tunisia explosion death toll rises to 13
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia's Interior Ministry says the death toll in an explosion targeting the presidential guard has risen to 13, and the attacker or attackers remain unidentified.
A ministry spokesman says another body was discovered in the charred remains of a bus carrying presidential guards that exploded in central Tunis on Tuesday. The body has not been identified yet.
The spokesman could not confirm or deny Tunisian media reports that the body could be that of a suicide bomber who jumped on the bus right before the bomb exploded.
Troops fanned out around the capital and the president declared a month-long state of emergency after Tuesday's attack. The blast rattled the country after two major attacks by Islamic extremists that targeted tourist sites earlier this year.
KILLING BY POLICE-CHICAGO
Protesters gather at Chicago police building
CHICAGO (AP) — Hurt and anger. That's what protesters in Chicago say they're feeling after viewing a police dash-cam video that shows a black teen being shot and killed by a white police officer.
The city released the video hours after Officer Jason Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder in the death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, who was shot 16 times.
On Tuesday night, protesters gathered near a South Side police station and briefly blocked a thoroughfare.
KILLING BY POLICE-MINNEAPOLIS
3 men accused of shooting protesters
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Three men are being held by authorities in Minneapolis after protesters demanding justice for a black man fatally shot by police were fired upon Monday night.
Five people were shot and wounded. The crowd was protesting the Nov. 15 shooting of Jamar Clark, and they've been camping out since the shooting.
At least one of Clark's relatives is calling for the protests to end.
Minneapolis NAACP President Nekima Levy-Pounds says, "We can't back down."
Americans take to the roads, air
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Many Americans have gotten the jump on Thanksgiving, already taking to the roads and by air to reach their holiday destinations.
Triple-A says some 46.9 million people are traveling more than 50 miles from home to celebrate Thanksgiving.
That's an increase of more than 300,000 people over last year, and the most travelers since 2007.
Hurricane Sandra expected to strengthen in eastern Pacific
MIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Sandra is expected to get stronger as it swirls off Mexico's Pacific coast.
The hurricane's maximum sustained winds increased early Wednesday to near 85 mph (140 kph). The U.S. National Hurricane Center says additional strengthening is expected and Sandra could become a major hurricane later in the day or on Thursday.
Sandra is centered about 545 miles (880 kilometers) southwest of Manzanillo, Mexico, and is moving west-northwest near 10 mph (17 kph).
Francis begins peace pilgrimage to 3 African countries
ROME (AP) — Pope Francis has begun a pilgrimage to three African nations.
The plane carrying the pontiff and his entourage left Rome's Leonardo da Vinci airport Wednesday, bound for the first stop in Kenya.
Francis is also scheduled to visit Uganda and Central African Republic before he is due back in Rome on Nov. 30.
Third search ship joins hunt for missing Malaysian airliner
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A third ship will join the hunt for a missing Malaysian airliner as the 13-month-old search of a huge expanse of the Indian Ocean ramps up during the southern hemisphere summer.
The search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was scaled back to two ships towing sonar equipment during the winter when the remote target area southwest of Australia was buffeted by gale-force winds and mountainous waves.
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau says a third ship Havila Harmony is expected to leave the Australian port of Fremantle on Saturday and reach the remote search area five days later. The ship is equipped with a video camera inside an underwater drone.
The bureau says the Havila Harmony will investigate the most rugged seabed terrain.
JAPAN-AIR BAG RECALL
Toyota recalls vehicles in Japan, Europe for air bag defect
TOKYO (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling 1.6 million vehicles for defective air bags supplied by embattled Japanese manufacturer Takata Corp.
The Japanese automaker said Wednesday the recall includes 22 models sold in Japan, including the Corolla and Vitz.
It also affects vehicles in Italy, Britain and Spain.
Takata inflators can explode with too much force, spurting shrapnel. At least eight people have been killed worldwide and hundreds injured.
The problem has led to the recall of 19.2 million vehicles in the U.S., and government regulators are investigating.
No injuries were reported in Toyota vehicles related to the latest defect, but a person in a Nissan car was injured recently in Japan.