NATO confirms civilians died in Afghan airstrike

KABUL - NATO forces acknowledged for the first time Tuesday that Afghan civilians were among the dozens killed in a German-ordered airstrike last week, while four U.S. troops died in a militant attack in the east.

Top NATO and U.S. commander Gen. Stanley McChrystal appointed a Canadian major general to lead an investigation into Friday's strike on two hijacked fuel tankers in northern Kunduz province. An Afghan official appointed by President Hamid Karzai to examine the attack said his best estimate of the death toll was 82, including at least 45 armed militants.

4 US soldiers killed by bombs

BAGHDAD - Four U.S. soldiers were killed by roadside bombs Tuesday, the deadliest day for American forces in Iraq since combat troops pulled back from urban areas more than two months ago.

The separate attacks in Baghdad and northern Iraq showed the dangers still facing U.S. troops as they drastically scale back their presence and prepare for a full withdrawal by the end of 2011.

Eight killed, three missing in flash floods

ANKARA, Turkey - Flash floods triggered by torrential rains killed eight people and left swaths of land in northwestern Turkey awash Tuesday. At least three people were reported missing.

Nazmi Coban, the mayor of the town of Saray, said rescue workers there recovered the bodies of a mother and her three daughters, and were still searching for the father who was swept away by floods.

Somalia trains 500 recruits to combat pirates

MOGADISHU, Somalia - Pirate-plagued Somalia took a step toward policing its own shores with the graduation of its first 500 naval recruits Tuesday. Officials hope the men will form the backbone of the country's first naval force for nearly two decades, but said they need international funding to make it a viable force.

Somalia currently relies on international warships to police its lawless shores, where the U.N.-backed government is fighting Islamist insurgents and clan-based militias fight each other. The chaos provides a perfect refuge for pirates who prey on vessels passing between Asia and Europe - one of the world's busiest trade routes.