IAEA: Iran Has 1,300 Centrifuges Up and Running

Taliban insurgents are deliberately targeting Afghan civilians in order to instil fear and exert control over the population, the rights group Amnesty International said on Thursday. (Reuters)

27 Taliban Killed in Afghanistan

U.S.-led coalition and Afghan forces clashed with Taliban fighters and called in an airstrike in southern Afghanistan, leaving 24 suspected militants dead and two coalition soldiers wounded, the coalition said Thursday. (AP)

PHILIPPINES

Man Sought in Philippines Killing

Police are looking for a man who may have been involved in the death of a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in a mountainous tourist area in the northern Philippines, officials said Thursday. (AP)

7 Hostages Beheaded In Philippines

The heads of seven men believed to have been kidnapped by the al-Qaida-linked Abu Sayyaf group on a volatile southern island were delivered to a Philippine army detachment Thursday, the military said. (AP)

FRANCE

Blasts Hit SW France Overnight, No Injuries

Simultaneous explosions occurred overnight in two towns in the southwest of France near the Spanish border, causing some damage to buildings but no casualties, a police source said on Thursday. (Reuters)

U.K.

21/7 Suspect 'Defused Booby-Trap'

One of the 21 July bomb plot suspects has shown a court how he claims he dismantled a booby-trapped sideboard. (BBC)

CHINA

China Sentences Canadian Activist to Life in Prison

A Canadian human rights campaigner jailed in China after allegations that he was linked to terrorism was sentenced to life in prison Thursday, the official Xinhua press agency said, in a ruling that could ratchet up political tensions between the countries. (AP)

China Confirms Terrorist Camps In Pakistan

In a major blow to Pakistan's counter-terrorism credentials, China has for the first time publicly acknowledged the existence of terrorist camps within the territory of its "all-weather" ally. (Times of India)

NORTH KOREA

North Korea's Burden Of Crime And Terror

North Korea may in the end get its US$25 million, which has been frozen in a Macau bank since September 2005. But the United States and North Korea still have a long way to go before relations between the two countries can be normalized. (Asia Times)

INDIA/CANADA

Indian MP Accused in Canada People Smuggling Plot

An Indian MP has been arrested for trying to smuggle a woman and a teenage boy to Canada using his family's passports, police said on Thursday, the latest in a string of crime scandals to blight the country's politicians. (AFP)

SAUDI ARABIA

Saudis Arrest 8 in Frenchmen's Deaths

Saudi security officials have arrested eight Saudi men suspected of involvement in the February killing of four French nationals, an Interior Ministry statement said Wednesday. (AP)

TURKEY

Turkey Detains More in Bible Attack

Police detained five more suspects Thursday in the deaths of three men who were found with their throats slit in a publishing house that prints Bibles, the latest in a string of attacks targeting Christians in the mostly Muslim country. (AP)

ANALYSIS & OPINION

Our Worst Nightmare

The horrifying killings at Virginia Tech on Monday leave us grieving and troubled. They also leave us -- especially those like me who lead colleges and universities -- with difficult questions to ask and, then, to try to answer. (Washington Post)

An Erosion of Abortion Rights

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