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Fifth child is killed in Acapulco drug war

ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) -- Police on Thursday found the body of a 4-year-old girl who had been shot in the chest -- the fifth child killed in drug-related violence in this Mexican resort city in less than a week.

The child was in a car next to a woman who had been shot three times in the back, Guerrero state police said.

At least five young people have died in drug violence in Acapulco since Sunday, including a 2-year-old boy and a 6-year-old boy killed with an elderly woman who tried to shield them when gunmen opened fire at their home.

Children and youths have been targeted in killings or died as bystanders caught up in Mexico's drug war, which has resulted in more than 35,000 deaths since December 2006, when President Felipe Calderon launched a stepped-up offensive against cartels.


Official says U.S. could have helped Jews

WARSAW -- Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski on Thursday rebuffed U.S. criticism about the restitution of Jewish property seized after World War II, saying that Americans should have put their concerns into action during the war.

"If the United States wanted to do something for Polish Jews, then a good moment would have been 1943-44, when most of them were still living and when Poland pleaded for that," he said. "Now this intervention is somewhat delayed."

Between 1943 and 1944, hundreds of thousands of Polish Jews were deported from ghettos set up by the Nazis to Nazi extermination camps.

The U.S. could have bombed railroad tracks that took prisoners to the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp, Sikorski said.

The U.S. government said Wednesday that it was disappointed that Poland, citing the financial crisis, had suspended work on a law that would compensate property owners, many of them Jewish, whose assets were confiscated during communist rule.

-- McClatchy Newspapers


Fatal U.S. drone attack on tribal elders alleged

ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistan's army chief strongly condemned a U.S. drone attack that killed more than three dozen people Thursday, saying the missiles struck a peaceful meeting of tribal elders.

The accusation by Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani adds tension to a relationship that was already strained by the shooting deaths of two Pakistanis by a CIA contractor who was freed Wednesday following a deal to pay millions in "blood money" to the men's families.

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