U.N. Receives New Draft Decree for Tougher Nuclear Sanctions on Iran

IRAN

U.N. Council Gets New Draft Decree on Iran Nuclear Sanctions

The Security Council received on Thursday a draft of a new resolution to impose sanctions on Iran for its defiance of demands that it suspend its nuclear enrichment activities and return to negotiations over its nuclear program. (NY Times)

Text: Draft UN resolution on Iran (BBC)

Iran Condemns UN Draft Sanctions

Iran's leader vows to continue his country's nuclear work as the UN drafts new sanctions over the programme. (BBC)

U.S. Says It Will Approve Visa Request By Ahmadinejad

The U.S. will approve Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's request for a visa so he can visit the U.N. as the Security Council moves to impose additional sanctions against his country for its refusal to suspend uranium enrichment. (AP)

Iranians Sought for B Aires Bombing

Interpol says it is planning to seek the arrest of six Iranian former officials whom Argentina blames for the 1994 bombing of a Jewish centre. (BBC)

PAKISTAN

Confrontation in Pakistan Deepens

Protesters defy security forces to rally for Pakistan's suspended top judge as police storm a TV station. (BBC)

Musharraf Vows To Stay Out of Top Judge's Trial

Pervez Musharraf has promised not to interfere with the disciplinary case against Pakistan's top judge. (The Guardian)

IRAQ NEWS

Soldier's Friendly Fire Death 'Unlawful'

Coroner hits out at US military over death of British soldier killed in 'assault' on convoy. (The Guardian)

U.S. Officer Defends Haditha Shootings

US marine charged with killing 18 civilians 'followed procedures'. (The Guardian)

Escape from UK-Run Prison in Iraq

Eleven detainees escape from a UK military prison in Basra, most of them by "swapping" with visitors, the army says. (BBC)

Mayor of Baghdad Shi'ite Bastion Wounded By Gunmen

The mayor of Sadr City, a Shi'ite militia stronghold in Baghdad, was wounded when gunmen opened fire on his car and a senior police officer was killed, Iraqi and U.S. officials said on Friday. (Reuters)

AFGHANISTAN

U.S. Troops Kill Five Afghan Policemen

US forces mistakenly killed five Afghan policemen in a clash in the south of the country yesterday, Afghanistan's government said today. (Agencies)

AL HARIRI ASSASSINATION

Brammertz Links Hariri Killing To Election Law, 2005 Polls

Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora and State Prosecutor Saeed Mirza received the latest report of the UN International Independent Investigating Commission into the assassination of Prime Minister Rafik Hariri late Thursday. The head of the probe, Serge Brammertz, submitted his report to the UN secretary general earlier in the day. (The Daily Star)

Read the Report (Third Report of the United Nations International Independent Investigation Commission)

SOMALIA

Bomb Kills 7 On Mogadishu Outskirts: Police

A bomb killed seven civilians on Friday near Somalia's capital Mogadishu in the chaotic Horn of Africa country's latest violence, police said. (Reuters)

JAPAN

Livedoor Founder Gets Prison Sentence

Takafumi Horie, the 34-year- old Internet tycoon once heralded as a symbol of a muscular new Japanese capitalism, was found guilty Friday by the Tokyo District Court of violating securities laws at his company, Livedoor. He was sentenced to two years and six months in prison. (International Herald Tribune)

ANALYSIS & OPINION

Washington is Learning That Not Every Problem Is Like a Nail

By Joseph S. Nye

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