Taliban Leader Threatens U.S., U.K. with Suicide Attacks Before Death

ALGERIA

Algeria Forces Kill 13 Islamic Rebels: Paper

Algerian troops, stepping up assaults on al Qaeda's north African wing after suicide bombings last month, killed 13 Islamist fighters east of Algiers, a newspaper reported on Tuesday. (Reuters)

Apathy, Terror Fears Haunt Algeria Poll

Algerians worried by an outbreak of political violence choose a new Parliament on Thursday, but many doubt whether the politically weak institution can do much to stabilise the troubled country. (Mail & Guardian)

JAPAN

Japanese Teen Takes Mother's Severed Head to Police

A 17-year-old Japanese boy was arrested on suspicion of murder today after walking into a police station and telling officers he was carrying the severed head of his mother, whom he had murdered during the night. (Guardian)

U.K.

British Troops Have Held Secret Talks with Sunni Rebels: Iraq President

British military officers in Iraq have been party to secret talks with Sunni insurgent leaders there, Iraq's president said in an interview published Tuesday. (AFP)

SOMALIA

Gunmen Attack UN Health Office In Mogadishu

Gunmen attacked a U.N. World Health Organisation (WHO) office in Mogadishu and wounded a guard, in the latest strike near the world body's facilities in Somalia since the weekend, a WHO official said on Tuesday. (Reuters)

PHILLIPINES

Six Killed In Violence-Hit Vote

Six people were killed and at least six others were injured as gunmen ambushed people on their way to vote, set fire to polling stations or stole ballot papers during local and congressional elections in the Philippines, police said. (London Times)

STUDENT LOAN SCANDAL

Major University VP Fired Following Financial Aid Fraud Investigation

A top financial officer at the University of Texas is the first school official fired in connection with the nationwide student loan scandal that erupted in March. (ABC News)

ANALYSIS & OPINION

Bennie Thompson vs. Terrorism Tipsters

We've all seen this phrase in block letters: "REPORT SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY," followed by a 1-800 number. But if a House Democrat manages to kill a tipster-immunity measure under consideration in Congress this month, people who report suspicious behavior could be sued in civil court if the accused are not charged with a crime. (Washington Times)

Bush Doesn't Want Detente. He Wants to Attack Iran

By Alain Gresh

In the next few days an unprecedented meeting between US and Iranian officials is expected to take place in Baghdad; both sides have insisted that discussions are limited to Iraq. Could this first official encounter since the Islamic revolution herald detente between Washington and Tehran? (The Guardian)

Pakistan: A Border Shooting and Musharraf's Troubles

Service members of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) held a flag meeting with Pakistani and Afghan forces May 14 in the Kurram tribal agency on the Pakistani side of the Pakistani-Afghan border. After the meeting, which was called to stem a border clash between Pakistani troops and Afghans that started the previous day, "unknown assailants" ambushed the ISAF members near Teri Mangal as the convoy traveled back to the Afghan side of the border, leaving one NATO solider dead and four wounded, according to a NATO statement. (Stratfor)

Turkish Secularism and the Current Political Stalemate

By Sayyed Wild Abah

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