Iraq Parliament Blast Cliamed by Al-Qaida-Linked Group

IRAQ NEWS

Al-Qaida-Linked Group Claims Iraq Blast

An insurgent umbrella group that includes al-Qaida in Iraq claimed Friday one of its "knights" carried out the parliament suicide bombing in Baghdad's Green Zone, and the U.S. military revised the death toll sharply downward to one dead. (AP)

Iraqi Parliament Meets after Bomb Attack

Few Iraqi lawmakers managed to attend a rare emergency legislative session Friday, a day after a suicide bomber ripped through their cafeteria in a brazen attack inside Baghdad's U.S.-guarded Green Zone. (AP)

U.S. Military Deaths in Iraq at 3,292

As of Thursday, April 12, 2007, at least 3,292 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count. The figure includes seven military civilians. At least 2,674 died as a result of hostile action, according to the military's numbers. (AP)

Iraq War's Architect Apologizes in Salary Scandal

With his job on the line and executive directors of the World Bank seeming troubled by a controversy involving his romantic partner, World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz fought to keep his job Friday. In paper, audio and streaming video statements, World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz apologized Thursday for his role in helping his girlfriend Shaha Ali Riza secure a lucrative job at the State Department, for which she is said to be paid even more than Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. (ABC News)

Turkish Army Seeks OK for Iraq Raids

Turkey's military asked the government Thursday to approve attacks on Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq, signaling growing frustration over a lack of action against the guerrillas by Iraqi and U.S. forces. (AP)

AFGHANISTAN

35 Militants Killed in South Afghanistan

U.S.-led coalition and Afghan troops backed by aircraft clashed with suspected Taliban fighters in volatile southern Afghanistan, leaving more than 35 militants dead, the coalition said Friday. (AP)

Bombings, Gunbattles On Rise In Afghanistan

A NATO soldier died in combat in Afghanistan on Friday, a day after two were killed by roadside bombs, bringing the number of foreign troop deaths this week to 12 -- one of the bloodiest weeks for foreign forces in months. (Reuters)

U.S./IRAN

Fugitive Says He Met Missing Ex-FBI Agent In Iran

An American fugitive living in Iran since he murdered an Iranian opposition activist in the US in 1980 has revealed that he met a former Federal Bureau of Investigation agent shortly before the latter disappeared on the Iranian island of Kish a month ago. (Financial Times)

Iran Pledges Help in Locating Former FBI Agent

The U.S. State Department says the Iranian government has pledged assistance in attempting to locate a former FBI agent who disappeared in the Islamic republic last month and says it is hopeful the man will be found. (ABC News)

ALGERIA

Toll in Bombings in Algeria Rises to 33; Manhunt Begins

The death toll from Wednesday's suicide bombings in Algeria rose by 10 on Thursday, to 33, and the police mounted a nationwide manhunt for those responsible for the attacks. (NY Times)

INDONESIA

Missile Test Forces Jet to Turn Back

An Indonesian passenger jet was forced to turn around over Indian airspace after a nuclear-capable ballistic missile streaked across the sky, the Foreign Ministry said Friday, demanding an explanation from New Delhi. (AP)

U.S.

National Guard 'Woefully Underequipped'

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