Wolfowitz to Resign This Afternoon?

U.S.

Wolfowitz to Resign This Afternoon?

World Bank officials say the bank's board is completing an "exit strategy" that will allow World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz to resign this afternoon and "still save some face" over the issue of his efforts to seek a promotion and pay raise for his girlfriend at the bank. (ABC News)

U.S. Reading Program Benefits Bush Friend

A Texas businessman listed as a major fundraiser for President George Bush has made millions of dollars in profits from a federal reading program that critics say favored administration cronies at the expense of schoolchildren. (ABC News)

Report: DHS Erred With Limo Contract

The Department of Homeland Security violated government regulations by awarding a multi-million-dollar contract to a limousine company with ties to the Duke Cunningham scandal, a recent investigation concluded. (ABC News)

PAKISTAN

Geopolitical Diary: Examining a Post-Musharraf Pakistan

Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, in an interview with the British daily Times Online published Wednesday, referred to President Gen. Pervez Musharraf as "a gone man." Sharif is not exaggerating -- with each passing day Musharraf appears to be losing his hold on power. (Stratfor)

Fighting Erupts In Pakistani Town

At least five people have been killed in clashes between militants and security forces in the Pakistani town of Tank, officials and locals say. (BBC)

Al-Qaeda Strikes at Anti-Taliban Spies

There was no doubt in the Pakistani intelligence community when Taliban commander Mullah Dadullah was killed in Afghanistan last weekend by US-led forces that retaliatory action would be taken against anti-Taliban collaborators. (Asia Times)

Five Killed In Pakistan Militant Clashes

Taliban militants fought running battles with security forces on Wednesday in the Pakistani town of Tank, killing five civilians in a rocket blast at a bus stop, officials said. (AFP)

IRAQ NEWS

Mortar Rounds Slam Into Baghdad's Green Zone

At least nine apparent mortar rounds slammed into the U.S.-controlled Green Zone on Wednesday, wounding at least six people, the second such attack in as many days, an official said. "Preliminary information indicates they were mortars, but that hasn't been confirmed," U.S. Embassy spokesman Lou Fintor told The Associated Press. He said at least six people were reported injured but their nationalities had not been confirmed. (AP)

'Chlorine Bomb' Hits Iraq Village

At least 32 people have been killed and 50 injured in a suspected chlorine bomb in Iraq's Diyala province, police say. (BBC)

Clashes Erupt Between Police and Militia in Iraq

Radical cleric Moqtada al-Sadr's Mahdi Army militia clashed with Iraqi security forces in southern city of Nasiriyah on Wednesday afer overnight fighting left four people dead. (AFP)

COLOMBIA

Colombia 'Militia Link' Alleged

A commander of Colombia's right-wing paramilitary AUC has alleged that two members of the current government previously conspired with the group. (BBC)

Analysis: Colombia: Uribe's Double Whammy

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