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WORLD IN BRIEF: Doctor: Quake victims dying without airlifts

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- A University of Miami doctor in Haiti said the U.S. government is endangering the lives of critically injured Haitians by halting medical evacuations to the United States.

Dr. Barth Green said his team has ''100 critically ill patients who will die in the next day or two'' if they aren't flown out.

Green pointed Saturday to a 5-year-old girl with tetanus from a minor leg wound. He said she will die in 24 hours without a respirator.

The flights were halted in a dispute over payment for care.

Suicide bomber kills at least 2 at Iraqi restaurant

BAGHDAD -- A suicide bomber detonated an explosives belt Saturday at a restaurant popular with Iraqi security forces in a city that was once a flash point for sectarian slaughter, killing at least two people, authorities said.

The attack came the same day an al-Qaida front group in Iraq claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing Tuesday at Baghdad's main crime lab that killed 22 people. The bombings appeared aimed at rattling and embarrassing the U.S.-backed Iraqi leadership before national elections in March.

In Saturday's attack, a suicide bomber blew himself up inside a falafel restaurant near a famed Shiite shrine in the Sunni-dominated city of Samarra, 60 miles north of Baghdad, a police official said.

The bomber appeared to have targeted the restaurant because it is popular with police and members of Sunni Awakening Councils, also known as Sons of Iraq -- ex-fighters who turned against al-Qaida and joined forces with the U.S.

Twenty-five people, including 10 policemen and six Sons of Iraq, were wounded, he added.

Anger as NATO airstrike kills 4 Afghan soldiers

KABUL -- A joint U.S.-Afghan force called in an airstrike on what turned out to be an Afghan army post after taking fire from there before dawn Saturday, killing four Afghan soldiers and prompting an angry demand for punishment from the country's defense ministry.

Both NATO and Afghan authorities described the clash around a snow-covered outpost in Wardak province southwest of Kabul as a case of mistaken identity. NATO called the attack ''unfortunate'' and promised a full investigation.

Nevertheless, the deadly strike threatens to strain relations between NATO and the Afghan government at a time when both sides are calling for closer partnership in the fight against the Taliban. The fighting came on the heels of several cases of bloodshed between Afghans and Americans in recent weeks.