OxyContin: The Giuliani Connection

OXYCONTIN GUILTY PLEA

OxyContin: The Giuliani Connection

Rudolph Giuliani and his consulting company, Giuliani Partners, have served as key advisors for the last five years to the pharmaceutical company that pled guilty today to charges it misled doctors and patients about the addiction risks of the powerful narcotic painkiller OxyContin. (ABC News)

Guilty Pleas From OxyContin Makers

The manufacturer of OxyContin and three current and former executives pled guilty today for illegally misbranding its top-selling painkiller, OxyContin, in an effort to mislead and defraud physicians and patients. (ABC News)

Al QAEDA

Iraq Qaeda-Led Group Kills Abducted Officers-Web

The self-styled Islamic State in Iraq, an al Qaeda-led militant group, posted a video on Thursday showing the killing of nine abducted police and army officers, after an ultimatum it gave to the Iraqi government expired. (Reuters)

Al-Qaeda In North Africa Drums Up Followers

The purported chief of the Al-Qaeda branch in North Africa urged his followers to join the "war between infidels and believers", in a videotape broadcast Wednesday on Al-Jazeera news channel. (Middle East Times)

U.K.

British PM Blair to Resign After 10 Years

British Prime Minister Tony Blair returned today to the Trimdon Labour Club in Durham, Northern England -- to the room where he launched his Labour leadership campaign nearly 13 years ago -- and announced that he would step down as prime minister and party leader June 27. (AP)

SAUDI ARABIA

Drug Smuggling Saudi Prince Gets 10 Years

A French court sentenced a Saudi prince to 10 years in prison for abusing his role in a large-scale cocaine smuggling operation. But the prince isn't likely to see the inside of a cell anytime soon. (ABC News)

IRAQ NEWS

U.S. Military Kills 3 Militants in Baghdad Raid

A U.S. air strike killed three militants in Baghdad on Thursday during a raid targeting cells suspected of smuggling in sophisticated bomb making components from neighboring Iran, the U.S. military said. (Reuters)

US Marine 'Shot Unarmed Iraqis'

A US Marine who led the unit accused of killing 24 Iraqi civilians in Haditha shot five men as they stood with their hands in the air, another marine said. (BBC)

SYRIA

Syria Built Underground Missile Complex - Israeli Paper

Syria has built a fortified complex buried deep underground and cloaked in secrecy to manufacture and store ballistic missiles capable of striking Israel, an Israeli newspaper said on Monday. The complex includes 30 reinforced concrete bunkers, production facilities, development laboratories and command posts. (AFP)

Group Says Syria Kills 4 Militants on Iraq Border

An Islamist group claiming links to al Qaeda said on Thursday that Syrian security forces have killed four of its members while they were trying to cross into neighbouring Iraq, and vowed revenge. (Reuters)

AFGHANISTAN

U.S.-Led Raid Kills 40 Civilians In Afghanistan: Witnesses

At least 40 civilians were killed in an air strike in Afghanistan by foreign forces, witnesses said on Thursday, but the U.S.-led coalition said only rebels were hit and it knew of no other casualties. (Reuters)

PAKISTAN/AFGHANISTAN

Pakistan Erects Anti-Taliban Fence on Afghan Border

Pakistan has fenced a part of its 2,500 km (1,500 mile) long and porous border with Afghanistan to prevent incursions by militants, the army said on Thursday, despite opposition from Kabul. (Reuters)

U.S.

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