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WORLD IN BRIEF: Big war boost clears Congress

WASHINGTON -- The House on Tuesday sent President Barack Obama a major war-funding increase of $33 billion to pay for his troop surge in Afghanistan, unmoved by the leaking of classified documents that portray a military effort struggling between 2004 and 2009 against a strengthening insurgency.

The House voted, 308-114, to approve the spending boost for the additional 30,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Other non-war provisions brought the total bill to nearly $59 billion.

Republicans in Congress still were strongly behind the boost in war spending, but there was unusually strong opposition from members of Obama's own Democratic Party. All but 12 of the ''no'' votes in the House came from Democrats.

7 dead in Israeli chopper crash

BUCHAREST, Romania -- All seven people aboard an Israeli military helicopter -- one Romanian and six Israelis -- were killed when it crashed into a mountain in central Romania, officials said Tuesday.

The helicopter, a Sikorsky CH-53 Sea Stallion, crashed Monday during a military exercise in which crews are trained to fly at low altitudes. The joint exercises, which were due to end Thursday, were suspended after the crash.

Romanian search teams and Israeli representatives arrived at the crash site in a remote, mountainous area on Tuesday morning.

The Israeli military said Romanian officials had found seven bodies near the crash site. According to protocol, the military cannot formally announce they are dead until officials from the Military Rabbinate reach the scene and confirm the identities of the bodies.

Cargo plane crashes in Saudi Arabia

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- A Lufthansa cargo plane caught fire and split in half as it was landing Tuesday in the Saudi Arabian capital, injuring the German pilot and co-pilot, said local officials and the airline.

Lufthansa said in a statement that one of its MD-11 planes crashed and the pilot and co-pilot, aged 39 and 29, had to leave the plane by emergency chutes.

Riyadh airport official Fahd al-Hamoud said the German nationals were rushed to a military hospital near the airport.