Al-Qaida Linked Group Claims Iraq Attack that Killed 9 US Troops

Security practices at the White House are dangerously inadequate say current and former employees of the security office there, according to a letter sent today from the House Oversight Committee to former White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card, asking that he cooperate with the committee's investigation into the alleged security lapses. (ABC News)

Two States Join New York's Student Loan Reform Effort

Two more state attorneys general have joined a growing crusade led by New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo to clean up the troubled student loan industry as more schools agree to reform their student loan practices, officials said. (ABC News)

SOMALIA

Shelling Rocks Mogadishu; Deaths Mount

Artillery shells and mortars rained down on Mogadishu Tuesday in a seventh straight day of raging battles that have left nearly 250 dead and trapped residents in the Somali capital. (AP)

SUDAN

U.S. Seeks to Extend Sudan Peacekeeping

The United States sought to use a U.N. resolution that would extend the U.N. peacekeeping mission in southern Sudan to press for the deployment of 20,000 U.N. troops in Darfur. (AP)

ETHIOPIA/ERITREA

Ethiopia Accuses Eritrea of Terrorism

The Ethiopian government on Monday again accused Eritrea of "terrorist activities" aimed at destabilising the region and of orchestrating the kidnapping of a group of Europeans and their Ethiopian guides. (Mail & Guardian)

MEXICO

Mexico City to Hold Landmark Abortion Vote

Mexico City lawmakers will vote on Tuesday on whether to legalize abortion in the capital of the world's second-largest Roman Catholic country in direct defiance of the pope. (AP)

TAIWAN/CHINA

Taiwan Says It Would Win War with China

A computer simulation projected that China could land forces on rival Taiwan, but they would be repulsed after two weeks of fierce fighting and harsh losses to both sides, Taiwan's military said Tuesday. (AP)

ANALYSIS & OPINION

Terror in the Weather Forecast

By Thomas Homer-Dixon

Does climate change threaten international peace and security? The British government thinks it does. (NY Times)

Walled City

By Eugene Robinson

Meanwhile, back in Baghdad, we're building a wall. Actually, quite a few walls. (Washington Post)

Arguments Regarding War and Peace

By Hazem Saghieh

One of the theories condemning Arab peace policies, and recently developed in reaction to the revitalization of the Beirut peace initiative, says that those who cannot fight will not be able to negotiate and, subsequently, to make peace. (Dar Al-Hayat)

Spinning the Fighting in South Waziristan

By Daveed Gartenstein-Ross & Bill Roggio

The Pakistan Government has entered into two agreements in the past seven months that promise to destabilize Afghanistan and provide a haven for terrorists to plan and train for catastrophic attacks. (The Daily Standard)

Cartoons Condemning the Terrorist Attacks in Algeria and Morocco

By: O. Winter

The two terrorist attacks on April 10, 2007 in Casablanca, Morocco, and the April 11, 2007 bombing in the Algerian capital were harshly condemned in the Arab world. This was clearly reflected in cartoons published in Arab newspapers, many of which dealt with various aspects of Islamist terrorism. (MEMRI)

Ban-Ki Moon Between the Moroccans and Algerians

By Abdul Rahman Al-Rashed

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