Debate: Al Qaeda in Secret Ethiopian Prisons

ETHIOPIA

Suspects 'Detained In Ethiopia'

US agents have been interrogating al-Qaeda suspects in secret Ethiopian prisons, human rights groups allege. (BBC)

Ethiopia Denies US Interrogated Terror Suspects on Ethiopian Soil

An Ethiopian official has denied a report that says U.S. officials are interrogating terrorism suspects at secret prisons in Ethiopia. (Voice of America)

Women Terror Suspects Freed

Two women who were seized by Ethiopian forces and locked in a jail near Addis Ababa on suspicion of links with the Union of Islamic Courts (UIC) and the Al-Qaeda network in Somalia, have been set free. (Daily Nation)

RELEASED BRITISH SOLDIERS

British Sailors, Marines Land in London

A British navy crew returned home Thursday from Iranian captivity to the relief of a nation, after President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced their surprise release and ended the two-week crisis. The 15 sailors and marines broke open champagne and changed into fresh uniforms on the flight home. After landing, they smiled and stood at attention before being whisked by helicopter to the Royal Marines base at Chivenor, southwest of London. (AP)

Iran Takes the Wind Out of US Sails

If the administration of US President George W Bush is paying attention, the drama over the 15 British sailors and marines, whose release by Iran after 12 days of detention was announced in Tehran on Wednesday, was designed to convey two key messages, according to experts in Washington. (Asia Times)

IRAQ NEWS

Gunfire Forces U.S. Helicopter Down In Iraq: Witnesses

Heavy gunfire forced a U.S. military helicopter down in an insurgent stronghold south of Baghdad on Thursday, Iraqi witnesses said. (Reuters)

Explosion Strikes Oil Pipeline in Iraq

A bomb struck an oil pipeline Thursday, cutting off supplies and causing a huge fire in southern Iraq near the border with Kuwait, an official said. (AP)

Friendly Fire May Have Killed 2 in Iraq

A week after acknowledging a litany of errors in the friendly fire death of former NFL star Pat Tillman, the Army said Wednesday two soldiers who died in Iraq in February may also have been killed by their own comrades. (AP)

Iraq Hostage Video Tests Germany

A German crisis team is working to win the release of two German hostages held in Iraq, after a second video showing them in distress appeared on a website. (BBC)

LONDON 2005 TRANSIT ATTACKS

3 Charged in 2005 London Transit Attacks

Prosecutors filed charges Thursday against three people allegedly involved in the four suicide bomb attacks that killed 52 subway and bus passengers in London on July 7, 2005. The three, who were arrested last month, were charged with conspiring with the four bombers. (AP)

AFGHANISTAN

John Walker Lindh's Family Seeks Reduced Prison Sentence for Son

Two young, Western men captured on the wrong side of an Afghanistan battlefield in December 2001. (ABC News)

Taliban Claims 2 French Workers Abducted

Two French aid workers and their three Afghan staff have gone missing in southwest Afghanistan, officials said Wednesday. A purported spokesman for the Taliban claimed the group had kidnapped the five. (AP)

PAKISTAN

'Many Killed' In Pakistan Clash

At least 44 people have died in fierce fighting in Pakistan's tribal region of South Waziristan, officials say. (BBC)

U.S.

Ivy League Official Cited in Student Loan Scandal

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