U.S., Germans Fear Terror Attack

Britain's top envoy to Pakistan has expressed concern that extremists in the UK are receiving guidance from al-Qaeda leaders hiding in Pakistan. (BBC)

STUDENT LOAN PROBE

Third Student Lender Reaches Settlement in Student Loan Probe

The parent company of an ethically challenged student lender is paying $3 million to end an investigation into its operation. (ABC News)

U.K.

No Action Against UK Police Who Killed Innocent Man

Eleven British police officers involved in the fatal shooting of an innocent Brazilian in the mistaken belief he was a suicide bomber will not face disciplinary action, a police watchdog said on Friday. (Reuters)

OXYCONTIN GUILTY PLEA

Despite Guilt, OxyContin Maker Still Selling to Government

Despite pleading guilty to deceiving the public about a drug that contributed to the deaths of hundreds of people and led many more into addiction and even criminal behavior, the maker of a popular pain medication can still do business with the federal government. (ABC News)

VIETNAM

Vietnam Dissident Lawyers Jailed

Two human rights lawyers have been jailed in Vietnam, in the latest court case against political activists. (BBC)

ANALYSIS & OPINION

Give the Arab Peace Initiative a Chance

By Fuad Siniora

Almost a year has passed since Israel's bombardment of Lebanon, time enough to draw lessons from the conflict and reflect on its consequences. (NY Times)

Free Ride for a Likely Killer

By Eugene Robinson

The Bush administration says that its zero-tolerance policy against terrorism applies to all suspected evildoers, not just Muslim evildoers, and that its zero-tolerance policy against Cuba is a principled position, not just an exercise in pandering to the implacable anti-Castro exiles in Miami. On both counts, evidence suggests otherwise. (Washington Post)

Pakistan Running Out of Options

By Syed Saleem Shahzad

It is a debate that keeps Washington and Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf in a quandary: What system can be introduced to control the Pakistani armed forces, the Taliban and al-Qaeda, while at the same time nurturing democracy but without compromising Musharraf's dominance? (Asia Times)

Better Cautious than Eorry

By Emad Fawzi El-Shueibi

The Syrians have been caught in the worst tempest in their modern history. Instead of being a major player in a regional conflict, they found themselves in the eye of the storm. This was Damascus's worst nightmare, to become a mere bone of contention, a feather in mighty international winds. (Al-Ahram)

Inside Iran: Interview with 'Zanan' Magazine's Editor, Shahla Sherkat

By Manal Lutfi

A slim and reserved women, Shahla Sherkat, the Editor-in-Chief of the monthly 'Zanan' magazine, Iran's most important women's journal, has often been described as a 'watchful tiger'. When it comes to 'Zanan' she moves with vision and does not try to break any taboos in tradition or cross any red lines in an Eastern, Islamic country like Iran – unless she is obliged to do so. (Asharq Al-Awsat)

Restructuring the Russian Military?

Rumors about the dismissal of Russian air force commander Gen. Vladimir Mikhailov began circulating late Thursday after Interfax news service reported the general had been fired, citing unnamed Defense Ministry sources. (Stratfor)

The Insider Daily Investigative Report (DIR) is a summary of major news articles and broadcasts relating to investigative news, including international terrorism and developments in Iraq. The DIR is edited daily from foreign and U.S. sources by Chris Isham and Elizabeth Sprague of the ABC News Investigative Unit. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of ABCNEWS.

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