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US President Barack Obama on Wednesday apologized to Doctors without Borders (MSF) for a deadly US air strike on an Afghan hospital, as the medical charity demanded an international probe into the incident. Three separate investigations -- by the US military, NATO and Afghan officials -- are currently under way into Saturday's catastrophic strike in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz, which left 22 people dead. The US military has offered a series of shifting explanations for the bombing raid, from initially talking about "collateral damage" to now admitting, as Obama did in his call to MSF chief Joanne Liu, that the strike was a mistake.
The US Coast Guard said Wednesday it will suspend its search for survivors of "El Faro", a cargo ship believed to have sunk in a storm in the Bahamas with 33 crew aboard. "The Coast Guard is still continuing its search for the crew members of the 'El Faro.' However, we have decided we will suspend that search at sunset tonight," Coast Guard Captain Mark Fedor said.
By Andy Sullivan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly approved legislation on Wednesday that would allow the military to avoid mandatory spending cuts, setting up a likely veto from President Barack Obama, who is pushing for a broader budget deal. The Senate approved the $612 billion defense-policy bill 70- 27. The House of Representatives has already approved the measure.