A boy holds a placard with pictures of Afghans killed in recent airstrikes during an anti-U.S. protest in Kabul on Sunday. Amid widespread public anger about civilian deaths, a study found that most of the deaths in 2010 were caused by insurgents.
People in Afghanistan got a look Wednesday at a report that quantifies one of the most painful parts of the Afghan war: civilian casualties.
The report comes amid widespread anger over civilian deaths caused by NATO airstrikes. But the numbers show that the percentage of civilian deaths caused by NATO and Afghan government forces actually fell last year.
While war-related civilian deaths increased by 15 percent, most of the deaths were caused by insurgents, according to the report from the United Nations and a prominent Afghan human-rights group.
Has the word "hero" been so overused that it's losing its meaning?
These three recent examples show how people are employing the term. You decide if the usage is appropriate.
On CBS News, Melissa Castellanos tells viewers that "the Super Senior who bravely fought-off jewel thieves with her handbag has been unmasked. She's [a] 71-year old grandmother ... and she's being called a hero by her community."
Illinois has banned the death penalty, becoming the sixteenth state to abolish capital punishment for convicted prisoners. Gov. Patrick Quinn signed the bill to end the practice and commuted the sentences of 15 inmates who had been on the state's Death Row.
In a report for Newscast, Cheryl Corley reports:
The abolition of the death penalty in Illinois has been in the making for 11 years. It was in the year 2000 that then-Gov.George Ryan issued a moratorium on executions, after 13 inmates condemned to death had their sentences overturned.