Al-Qaida in Iraq Chief Appointed Minister of War

Al-QAEDA

Al-Qaida Chief Appointed Minister of War

A Sunni insurgent coalition posted Web videos on Thursday naming the head of al-Qaida in Iraq as "minister of war" and showing the execution of 20 men it said were members of the Iraqi military and security forces. (AP)

IRAN/ U.S.

Missing Ex-FBI Agent Still in Iran, U.S. Says

The U.S. State Department is confident that a former FBI agent who went missing in Iran over a month ago is still in that country and has enlisted the aid of other countries to help locate him, a spokesman confirmed Wednesday. (ABC News)

PAKISTAN/CHINA

China Turns Table On Pakistan, Accuses It Of Training Terrorists

China on Thursday took the wind out of the Pakistani sails by saying that East Turkistan terrorists operating on its soil were actually trained in special camps in neighbouring Pakistan. (Times of India)

IRAQ NEWS

U.S. Walls Off Baghdad Neighborhood

U.S. soldiers are building a three-mile wall to protect a Sunni Arab enclave surrounded by Shiite neighborhoods in a Baghdad area "trapped in a spiral of sectarian violence and retaliation," the military said. (AP)

Marine Officer Receives Immunity in Haditha Killings Case

The only Marine officer at the scene of the attacks on residential homes in Haditha, Iraq, that left nearly two dozen civilians dead in 2005, has received immunity in the case. (Washington Post)

Amnesty Condemns Iraq Executions

Iraq is now the world's fourth highest user of the death penalty, human rights group Amnesty International has said. (BBC)

VIRGINIA TECH SHOOTING

Inquiry to Probe Virginia Killing

Virginia's governor, Tim Kaine, has appointed an independent panel to investigate Monday's gun rampage at Virginia Tech in which 33 people died. (BBC)

A 'Danger to Himself' But Can Still Buy a Gun

An employee of Roanoke Firearms, where Seung-Hui Cho purchased his weapon, told ABC news that Cho "answered no" to the question regarding his mental history. Under state law he told the truth, but under federal law he lied. (ABC News)

Colleges Weigh Privacy Against Security in Handling Mentally Ill Students

When it comes to issues of mental health on campus, lawyers, psychologists and university administrators all agree on one thing: Striking an appropriate balance between protecting an individual's privacy and the community's security is not easy. (ABC News)

U.S.

Troubled Reading Program Draws Heat from Congress

The Department of Education today touted what it called successes in its troubled multi-billion-dollar reading grant program, even as a prominent lawmaker accused it of hiding information about the grant money. (ABC News)

Ruling Congress, Dems Rolling in Special Interest Cash

The campaign coffers of the new Democratic House committee chairmen have seen a big jump in contributions from lobbyists and special interests since the Democratic takeover of Congress, according to new campaign finance filings available on PoliticalMoneyLine.com. (ABC News)

AFGHANISTAN

Two NATO Soldiers Killed In Afghan South

Two NATO soldiers have been killed in separate blasts in southern Afghanistan, the alliance said on Friday. (Reuters)

CUBA

U.S. Releases Cuban Bombing Suspect

A 79-year-old anti-Castro Cuban exile and former C.I.A. operative linked to the bombing of a Cuban airliner was released on bail yesterday and immediately returned to Miami to await trial on immigration fraud charges. (NY Times)

GERMANY/U.S.

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