U.S. says kills up to 116 civilians in strikes outside war zones

A U.S. Air Force MQ-9 Reaper drone flies over Creech Air Force Base in Nevada during a training missionBy Phil Stewart, Jonathan Landay and Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government accepted responsibility on Friday for inadvertently killing up to 116 civilians in strikes in countries where America is not at war, a major disclosure likely to inflame debate about targeted killings and use of drones. President Barack Obama's goal for the release of the numbers, which are higher than any previously officially acknowledged but vastly below private estimates, is to create greater transparency about what the U.S. military and CIA are doing to fight militants plotting against the United States. "The numbers reported by the White House today simply don’t add up and we're disappointed by that," said Federico Borello, executive director for the Center for Civilians in Conflict.



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Bangladesh police storm restaurant, rescue some hostages

Still frame from live video shows armed personnel securing the scene after gunmen stormed the Holey Artisan restaurant and took hostages early on Saturday in DhakaBy Serajul Quadir and Sanjeev Miglani DHAKA/NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Bangladeshi police stormed a restaurant in the capital Dhaka and rescued up to 10 hostages on Saturday, one official said, after an attack claimed by Islamic state. Gunmen attacked the upscale cafe in the diplomatic area of Dhaka late on Friday and had been holding about 20 hostages, including foreigners, before police poured into the building to try to free those stuck inside. A police officer at the scene said that when security forces tried to enter the premises at the beginning of the siege they met a hail of bullets and grenades.



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