Iraq Parliament Blast Cliamed by Al-Qaida-Linked Group

The always blunt-talking head of the National Guard told a Senate committee the Guard is "woefully underequipped" to meet homeland security needs. (ABC News)

U.S. "Dirty Bomber" Stigma Haunts Padilla Trial

Five years after the U.S. attorney general announced on live television that Jose Padilla was a "known terrorist" plotting to set off a radioactive bomb, a federal court must find a jury willing to presume he is innocent. (Reuters)

Flawed System May Hurt Disabled Soldiers

Army might be shortchanging injured soldiers by rating the severity of their disabilities with a system that is both unwieldy and inconsistent, the head of a special commission said Thursday. (AP)

White House E-mails: Gone, But Not Forgotten?

The White House set off a miniature firestorm Wednesday when it revealed that years of e-mails belonging to White House political aides were deleted, apparently in violation of federal law requiring presidential documents to be preserved. (ABC News)

'Damaging' Internal E-Mails Blast State Farm on Katrina Damage Claims

Internal company e-mails obtained by ABC News reveal that engineers complained of being pressured by State Farm Insurance to change damage reports of homes ravaged by Hurricane Katrina. (ABC News)

PAKISTAN

Pakistani Army Says Its Forces Are Gaining in Tribal Lands

After some of the heaviest fighting in two years in tribal areas bordering Afghanistan, Pakistan's generals are claiming initial success in their latest efforts to combat foreign militants and regain some control in one of the most lawless regions. (NY Times)

MADRID BOMBINGS

Madrid Bombers' Trial Becomes Political Battlefield

Spain's high-profile trial of Islamist suspects of 2004 train bombings in Madrid has turned into a political battlefield thanks to many Spaniards' suspicions that Basque separatists were involved in the attacks. (Reuters)

BRAZIL

Brazil Breaks Up 'Killing Firm'

Brazil's police say they have broken up a gang suspected of carrying out about 1,000 contract killings in five years. (BBC)

ISRAEL

Israeli in Human Shield Case Suspended

Israel suspended a commander whose troops ordered two Palestinian youths in the West Bank to stand in front of their vehicle to protect it from stones thrown by locals, the army spokesman's office said Friday. (AP)

NIGERIA

Muslim Cleric, Two Others, Killed In Mosque in Nigeria

Gunmen shot dead a radical Muslim cleric in his mosque and fired on the congregation, killing two more people, in the northern Nigerian city of Kano Friday, witnesses said. (AFP)

EGYPT

Egypt Rejects Amnesty International Report on Prisoner Abuse as Unfair and Inaccurate

Egypt rejected a report by human rights group Amnesty International that accused the country of systematic abuse against prisoners, calling it inaccurate and unfair. (AP)

ANALYSIS & OPINION

The Baghdad Gulag

By Pepe Escobar

There are three overlapping wars in Iraq: the Sunni Arab guerrilla struggle against the US; strands of Sunni Arab guerrillas against assorted Shi'ite militias/death squads; and al-Qaeda in Iraq against the puppet, US-backed Iraqi government in the Green Zone. (Asia Times)

Turkey and the U.N.'s Cover-Up

More than 90 years ago, when Turkey was still part of the Ottoman Empire, Turkish nationalists launched an extermination campaign there that killed 1.5 million Armenians. (NY Times)

Suicide Attacks in Algeria

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