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Six Killed In Afghanistan; More Strikes In France; Mexican Investigator Slain

Four NATO Troops Killed In Afghanistan

The four were slain by a bomb blast in Southern Afghanistan. NATO didn't release any further details. 2010 is the deadliest year of the 9 year war, at least 577 NATO forces have died so far this year.

Update at 8:40 EDT: 2 more NATO troops were killed in Afghanistan today. One in a separate bomb attack in the south of the country, another in an insurgent attack in the east of the country.

A traveler is seen on the empty platforms of the Montparnasse station in Paris, Wednesday Oct. 13, 2010. Remy de la Mauviniere/AP hide caption

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French Strikes Continue

For the second day in a row, much of France has been brought to a standstill by massive labor strikes. Rail and bus service is operating at a crawl, if at all, and refineries are being blocked by striking workers in Marseilles, setting off fears of fuel shortages. At least a million people took to the streets yesterday to protest the raising of the retirement age from 60 to 62. At this point it's unclear how long the strikes will last, as many unions have voted to extend them.

A U.S. Coast Guard boat is seen on Falcon Lake, a lake that straddles the U.S. Mexico border, where where Coloradan David Hartley is still missing. Eric Gay/AP hide caption

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Mexican Police Commander Searching For Missing American Slain

In the latest toll in Mexico's drug war Commander Rolando Flores's decapitated head was found in a suitcase outside an army base. Flores had been investigating the disappearance of American David Hartley, whose wife says he was shot by pirates on a border lake.