Al-Qaida in Iraq Chief Appointed Minister of War

Citing Terror Threat, U.S. Boosts Security In Germany

The U.S. embassy in Germany said on Friday it was boosting security at its facilities in response to what it described as an increased threat of terrorism there. (Reuters)

PAKISTAN/AFGHANISTAN

Afghanistan 'Border Fence' Clash

Afghan troops have torn down part of a new anti-Taleban fence being erected by Pakistan on the border between the two countries, officials in Kabul say. (BBC)

TAINTED PET FOOD

FDA Asks if Pet Food Tainted on Purpose

Imported ingredients used in recalled pet food may have been intentionally spiked with an industrial chemical to boost their apparent protein content, federal officials said Thursday. (AP)

RUSSIA

Kasparov Questioned by Russian Security

Investigators from Russia's security agency questioned opposition leader Garry Kasparov Friday about his calls for people to attend recent anti-government protests, an aide said. (AP)

Russian Police Raid U.S.-Funded NGO

Russian police raided a non-governmental organization that receives U.S. funding, seizing documents and equipment in a search its director said Thursday was likely linked to growing government pressure on Western-funded NGOs. (AP)

SOMALIA

Somali Deaths Mount, President Downplays Clashes

Sporadic shelling and gunfire shook Mogadishu on Friday, but Somali President Abdullahi Yusuf downplayed this week's violence which residents say has killed at least 30 people and wounded scores more. (Reuters)

SUDAN

Sudan Accuses U.N. Panel of Lying

Sudan accused a United Nations panel on Thursday of fabricating claims that the government was conducting bombing raids in Darfur and disguising planes to look like U.N. aircraft. (AP)

UN Accuses Sudan Over Weapons

The Sudanese government has been accused of violating a UN arms embargo by flying weapons into Darfur in breach of UN Security Council resolutions. (BBC)

AULSTRALIA

Officials Puzzle Over Missing Yacht Crew

Rescue workers found a puzzling scene Friday on a catamaran spotted drifting off the Great Barrier Reef; sails up, engines running and food on the table, but no crew. (AP)

ANALYSIS & OPINION

Jihadist Warfare in the Horn of Africa and Beyond

A suicide bomber blew up a truck at an Ethiopian army base in the Somalian capital of Mogadishu on Thursday, an attack Somalian Deputy Defense Minister Salad Ali Jelle blamed on al Qaeda elements. (Stratfor)

Rice on The Right Tracks

By David Ignatius

For the past few years, the United States has been in self-imposed diplomatic isolation in the Middle East. But two paths out of that wilderness are becoming visible, and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is moving cautiously down each one. (Washington Post)

Iran All Bluff and Bluster, But No Bomb - Yet

By Richard M Bennett

The West, despite the considerable efforts of its intelligence services, largely remains unsure of the exact nature of Tehran's nuclear intentions. (Asia Times)

A Terrorist Walks

With a misguided decision upholding bail for Cuban-born terrorist Luis Posada Carriles, the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans has done more than free a frail old man facing unremarkable immigration charges. It has exposed Washington to legitimate charges of hypocrisy in the war on terror. (LA Times)

When the Enemy of Your Enemy is Not Your Friend

By Amir Taheri

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