Cleric Will Enforce Islamic Law

PAKISTAN

Pakistan Cleric: Enforce Islamic Law

A cleric embarrassing the government by leading a Taliban-style drive against vice in the Pakistani capital vowed to set up a court in his radical mosque to enforce Islamic law. (AP)

Pakistan Denounces ABC News Report on Backing Iran Radicals

The Pakistani government had sharp words Wednesday for an ABC News report detailing U.S. and Pakistani support for an Iranian tribal militant group working to destabilize its country's government. (ABC News)

AFGHANISTAN

Suicide Bomber Near Afghan Parliament Kills 6

A suicide bomber killed six Afghans, including a policeman, in a blast near the country's parliament in Kabul on Friday, President Hamid Karzai said. (Reuters)

Karzai Says He Has Met With Taliban

Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai said Friday he met with Taliban militants in attempts to bring peace to the country and urged supporters of the fundamentalist militia to lay down their weapons. (AP)

AL QAEDA

Al Qaeda Top Leader Won't Use Phones, Internet

Wary of Western intelligence tehnologies, bin Laden's deputy Ayman al Zawahri has not used a telephone or accessed the Internet for four years, according to a report in today's Asharq al Awsat, a London-based Arabic-language daily. (ABC News)

IRAQ NEWS

Western Hostages Plead for Their Lives in Iraqi Insurgent Video

A tearful middle-aged German woman and her adult son are seen pleading for their lives, in a new video posted on the Internet this week by Iraqi insurgents. (ABC News)

Iraq Official: EFP Bomb Killed Britons

The Basra police commander on Friday said the roadside bomb used in an attack that killed four British soldiers had not been used in southern Iraq before, and his description of the deadly weapon indicated it was a feared Iranian-designed explosively formed projectile. (AP)

Deadly Iraq Bomb Releases Chlorine Gas

A truck bomb exploded in the volatile Iraqi city of Ramadi on Friday, killing at least 15 people and releasing chlorine gas into the air, police and security sources said. (Reuters)

At Least 15 Dead After Iraq Truck Bomb

At least 15 people were killed in a truck bomb attack which exploded and released chlorine gas into the air in the Iraqi city of Ramadi on Friday, police said. (Reuters)

Iraqi, U.S. Forces Sweep Through Iraqi City

Iraqi and U.S. forces clashed with Shi'ite militia loyal to radical cleric Moqtada al-Sadr as they launched a major operation at dawn on Friday to return the volatile city of Diwaniya to government control. (Reuters)

FBI

Did the FBI Flub a Major Terror Investigation?

FBI agents downplayed evidence of burgeoning cooperation between a domestic white supremacist group and an Islamic terrorist supporter, documents reviewed by ABC News show. (ABC News)

PET FOOD POISONING

China Denies Responsibility in Pet Deaths

China has denied responsibility for a slew of pet deaths in the United States which U.S. authorities blame on a batch of chemically contaminated wheat gluten from China, state media reported. (AP)

AL QAEDA / SADDAM

Cheney Reasserts al-Qaeda-Saddam Link

Vice President Dick Cheney repeated his assertions of al-Qaida links to Saddam Hussein's Iraq on Thursday as the Defense Department released a report citing more evidence that the prewar government did not cooperate with the terrorist group. (AP)

Hussein-Qaeda Link 'Inappropriate,' Report Says

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