Anatomy of a Suicide Attack

The U.N. human rights chief expressed concern Wednesday at recent U.S. legislative and judicial actions that she said leave hundreds of detainees without any way to challenge their indefinite imprisonment. (AP)

CHECHNYA

Feared Security Chief to Govern Chechnya

President Vladimir Putin nominated a widely feared security chief as the new president of Chechnya on Thursday, while Europe's human rights chief denounced torture and other rampant abuses in the war-battered region. Ramzan Kadyrov, who previously had served as Chechnya's prime minister, has run a security force that is accused of abducting and abusing suspected rebels and civilians believed to be connected to them. (AP)

Torture 'Systematic' in Chechnya

The Council of Europe's human rights chief has accused the authorities in Chechnya of systematically using torture and forced confessions. (BBC)

WORLD HEALTH

Bogus Medicines Flood Developing World: U.N. Report

Counterfeit medicines, some of them sold over the Internet, are swamping unregulated markets in developing nations with sometimes fatal results, the U.N. drug control watchdog said on Thursday. (Reuters)

NORTH KOREA

N.Korea Pledges to Denuclearize in Talks

North Korea's No. 2 leader pledged his country's commitment Thursday to giving up its nuclear program amid intensifying diplomacy aimed at implementing Pyongyang's pledge to disarm. (AP)

ON THE WEB

ABC News Extremist Website Monitoring

This is a daily update of some of what can be found on militant Islamist websites that are often used by al Qaeda and its sympathizers, insurgent groups in Iraq and other groups for propaganda, recruiting and communication purposes. (ABC News)

ANALYSIS & OPINION

Solving the Military Equipment Shortfall

As U.S. forces increase their operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Army's reliance on its overstretched active-duty forces and the National Guard will intensify. That will occur amid an equipment crisis, which has inexplicably been permitted to worsen in recent years as the Pentagon and the White House repeatedly reduced the equipment funding requested by the Army. The Bush administration's solution to this grave problem -- a "solution" that stretches well beyond 2013 -- is inadequate. (Washington Times)

The Padilla Trial

There were so many reasons to be appalled by President George W. Bush's decision to detain people illegally and subject them to mental and physical abuse. The unfolding case of José Padilla reminds us of one of the most important: mistreating a prisoner makes it hard, if not impossible, for a real court to judge whether he has committed real crimes. (International Herald Tribune)

Sudan: The Front and its Fluctuations

By Ismail Adam

Khartoum, Asharq Al-Awsat- Fathi al Daw, Sudanese journalist who resides in the US, authored the book 'Mihnat al Nukhba al Sudaniya' (The Crisis of the Sudanese Elite), which is widely circulated among the country's elite. In his book, al Daw states that the two Sudanese leaders Dr. Hassan Abdallah al Turabi, the spiritual leader of the Islamist movement in Sudan, which holds the controlling reins of power in one way or another, and his historic opponent Sadiq al Mahdi, head of Umma Party can both agree upon: "ambition and the love of power". However, al Daw believes that al Mahdi assumed power using legitimate means, such as consultation, democracy, and the people's acceptance of his ideas. (Alsharq al Awsat)

The Insider Daily Investigative Report (DIR) is a summary of major news articles and broadcasts relating to investigative news, including international terrorism and developments in Iraq. The DIR is edited daily from foreign and U.S. sources by Chris Isham, Hoda Osman and Elizabeth Sprague of the ABC News Investigative Unit. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of ABCNEWS.

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