Hostage Trade: Taliban Officials Released in Exchange for Italian Journalist

AFGHANISTAN/ITALY

Hostage Trade: Taliban Officials Released in Exchange for Italian Journalist

At least two captured Taliban officials have been released in exchange for the release of a kidnapped Italian journalist, Afghan intelligence officials tell ABC News. (ABC News)

GUANTANAO HEARINGS

Gitmo Confession in USS Cole Bombing

An enemy combatant who has confessed to planning the bombing of the USS Cole says he bought the boat and the explosives and that he was with Osama bin Laden in Kandahar, Afghanistan, when the bombing was carried out in October 2000. (ABC News)

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AFGHANISTAN

U.S. Embassy Vehicle Hit by Suicide Car Bomb in Afghanistan, 1 Killed, 5 Wounded

A suicide car bomber exploded his car next to a three-vehicle U.S. Embassy convoy on a busy road in Kabul on Monday, killing an Afghan teenager and wounding five embassy security personnel, officials said. (AP)

Afghanistan's Silent Plague of AIDS

Sitting and eating quietly on his father's lap, the 18-month-old boy was oblivious to the infection running through his veins. (International Herald Tribune)

KSM CONFESSION

Exclusive: Pearl Family Doubts KSM Confession

The father of murdered Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl says he doesn't believe al Qaeda mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed is the man who beheaded his son, despite Mohammed's confession to a US military tribunal. (ABC News)

Pearl Murder Convict to Appeal after Confession

The lawyer of an Islamist militant sentenced to hang in Pakistan for his role in the 2002 murder of U.S. reporter Daniel Pearl said on Monday he would use a top al Qaeda militant's confession to support an appeal. (Reuters)

IRAQ NEWS

Five Blasts in Iraq's Kirkuk Kill 18, Wound 37

Three car bombs and two roadside devices killed 18 people and wounded 37 in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk on Monday, police said. (Reuters)

Guilty Verdict in Iraq Killings Case

A military panel found a 101st Airborne soldier guilty of three counts of negligent homicide but not guilty of premeditated murder in the deaths of three Iraqi detainees. (AP)

Bomber Blatantly Blows Up Bradley

A Web video surfaced yesterday showing an alleged insurgent crawling under a US military vehicle in Iraq and purportedly planting explosives in full daylight. (Kuwait Times)

Voices from Iraq 2007: Ebbing Hope in a Landscape of Loss

A new national survey paints a devastating portrait of life in Iraq: widespread violence, torn lives, displaced families, emotional damage, collapsing services, an ever starker sectarian chasm — and a draining away of the underlying optimism that once prevailed. (ABC News)

'Top Al-Qaeda Financier' Held

Iraqi forces have arrested an Iraqi-born Palestinian suspected of acting as a financier for the al-Qaeda network, military spokesperson Qassim Mussawi said on Sunday. (SA)

U.S.

FBI: Extremists Seek School Bus Work

Suspected members of extremist groups have signed up as school bus drivers in the United States, counterterror officials said Friday, in a cautionary bulletin to police. An FBI spokesman said, ``Parents and children have nothing to fear.'' (AP)

GUANTANAMO

Australian Describes Torture in U.S. Custody

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