January 19th, 2010
05:25 PM ET

Parliament anger over Karzai Cabinet choices

Afghan parliament members reacted angrily Tuesday after President Hamid Karzai gave Cabinet posts to ministers they had rejected days earlier.

Parliament approved seven of Karzai's 17 Cabinet nominees Saturday, leaving 10 posts vacant. On Tuesday, Karzai made some of the 10 rejected nominees acting ministers or assistant ministers in the Cabinet.

It provoked strong reaction from government officials. "That decision of the president is disrespect for the people of Afghanistan and for the representative of the people [parliament]," Mirwise Yasini, first secretary to the parliament, told Azadi Radio. FULL POST

January 19th, 2010
04:45 PM ET

Around the Web: 3 die in suspected drone attack in Pakistan

Three militants were killed Tuesday in a suspected U.S. drone strike on a compound near the Afghan border, officials told CNN.

The drone fired two missiles about 6:30 p.m. local time on the compound in Daigan, a village in the Dattakhel area of North Waziristan, an intelligence official and a local government official said.

The Dattakhel area has been the target of several drone attacks in recent months. It is a volatile region in Pakistan's tribal area that borders Afghanistan, where Islamic militants have a strong presence. Earlier this month, 17 militants died in three separate suspected drone strikes in Dattakhel, security officials said.