News Wrap: U.S. Soldier Killed in Afghanistan by Man in Afghan Army Uniform
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HARI SREENIVASAN: The troubles at J.P. Morgan Chase pulled down financial stocks across the board today. That, in turn, sent the Dow Jones industrial average falling 34 points to close at 12,820. The Nasdaq rose a fraction to close at 2,933. For the week, the Dow lost more than 1.5 percent; the Nasdaq fell just under 1 percent.
An American soldier was killed in Eastern Afghanistan today by a man wearing an Afghan army uniform. The Taliban claimed responsibility. It was the 15th instance this year of Afghan troops turning on foreign forces. A second NATO soldier was killed today in the country’s south.
Separately, The Washington Post reported Afghan commanders have started refusing to conduct nighttime raids since a new agreement gave them veto power. The Afghans have long complained the raids cause too many civilian casualties.
In Greece, political leaders failed in a third attempt this week to form a government after Sunday’s election produced no clear winner. Talks have foundered in the face of public opposition to austerity measures demanded by the rest of Europe. That could open the way to another election.
The Arab world’s first presidential debate took place last night in Egypt. It lasted for more than four hours, as residents in Cairo gathered at outdoor cafes to watch. Two candidates participated, moderate Islamist Abdel Moneim Abol Fotouh and former Foreign Minister Amr Moussa. In all, 13 candidates are competing in the election set for May 23.
JetBlue Airways is now investigating how a toddler’s name showed up on a no-fly security list. The 18-month-old girl and her parents are of Middle Eastern descent. They were taken off a flight from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to Newark, N.J., on Tuesday. Security officials spoke with the family, and, ultimately, let them back on the plane. JetBlue blamed a computer glitch.
There was word today that legendary car designer Carroll Shelby died Thursday in a Dallas hospital. He was a champion auto racer before designing muscle cars in the early 1960s. At the time, the Shelby Cobra was the fastest production model ever made, going zero to 60 in three seconds. Shelby received a heart transplant in 1990, and became one of the world’s longest-living transplant patients. At his death, he was 89 years old.
Those are some of the day’s major stories.