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News Wrap: Man in Afghan Army Uniform Kills 2 NATO Soldiers in Attack

February 18, 2011 at 6:18 PM EST
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In other news Friday, a man wearing an Afghan army uniform opened fire on NATO troops in Afghanistan today, killing two German soldiers, but it was unclear if the attacker was actually an Afghan soldier. Separately, a suicide car bomber hit a Khost police station, killing 11 and wounding 41. The Taliban claimed responsibility.
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HARI SREENIVASAN: A man wearing an Afghan army uniform opened fire on NATO troops in Afghanistan today, killing two German soldiers. Photographs showed the immediate aftermath in the capital of Baghlan Province. It was unclear if the attacker was actually an Afghan soldier.

Separately, a suicide car bomber hit a police station in Khost, killing 11 people and wounding 41. The Taliban claimed responsibility.

But, in New York today, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned the insurgents that they face a choice.

U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON: Break ties with al-Qaida, renounce violence, and abide by the Afghan constitution, and you can rejoin Afghan society. Refuse, and you will continue to face the consequences of being tied to al-Qaida as an enemy of the international community.

They cannot wait us out. They cannot defeat us. And they cannot escape this choice.

HARI SREENIVASAN: Clinton also said Pakistan runs the risk of major unrest over corruption and economic decay. And she said shocking, unjustified anti-Americanism will not solve the problems. She did not directly mention Raymond Davis, the U.S. diplomatic employee who killed two Pakistanis and is still being held there.

The United States vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution today that condemned Israeli settlements as illegal. The other 14 council members voted for the measure. The Obama administration opposes new settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, but it said the U.N. vote would only complicate efforts to get Israel and the Palestinians starting again.

Four major banks that operate in the Ivory Coast have been seized by President Laurent Gbagbo. The West African leader refused to step down after losing last November’s election. He said today the four banks, including Citibank, acted illegally when they halted operations this week. The banks hold almost all of the accounts for civil servants in the Ivory Coast.

Wall Street ended the week with another advance. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 73 points to close at 12,391. The Nasdaq rose two points to close near 2,834. For the week, both the Dow and the Nasdaq gained about 1 percent.

Another Senate Democrat is calling it a career. Five-term Senator Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico said today he will not run again in 2012. He is the sixth senator to announce plans to retire, including three Democrats, one independent Democrat, and two Republicans.

Those are some of the day’s major stories.