Wolfowitz to Resign This Afternoon?

The Colombian government confirmed late May 14 that the country's Directorate of Intelligence, a department of the national police force, has been carrying out illegal wiretaps on opposition leaders and journalists. The timing could not have been worse for President Alvaro Uribe Velez. The same day, the Supreme Court ordered the arrest of five congressmen and 14 former legislators and business leaders -- mostly Uribe allies -- for signing the so-called "Ralito Accord." The July 2001 pact with paramilitary group United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC) called for signatories to jointly "refound the country," essentially creating a shadow government. (Stratfor)

GUANTANAMO

Pakistani Denies al Qaeda Role, Alleges U.S. Torture

A Pakistani man held at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay has denied belonging to al Qaeda and accused U.S. authorities of torturing him, according to a document released by the Pentagon on Tuesday. (Reuters)

NORTH KOREA

Japan Says North Korea Developing New Long-Range Missile

North Korea is developing a new long-range ballistic missile that may be capable of hitting the U.S. territory of Guam, a Japanese official said Wednesday. (AP)

New N. Korean Missile Prompts Kyuma to Seek High-Altitude Interceptor

Japan and the United States need to study technologies for intercepting high-altitude ballistic missiles, Defense Minister Fumio Kyuma said Tuesday in response to news that North Korea has developed a new ground-launched, intermediate-range missile. (The Japan Times)

AFGHANISTAN

Poppy Fields Are Now a Front Line in Afghanistan War

In a walled compound outside Kabul, two members of Colombia's counternarcotics police force are trying to teach raw Afghan recruits how to wage close-quarters combat. (NY Times)

AFGHANISTAN/PAKISTAN

Two Killed In Pakistan Forces, Afghan Refugees Clash

At least two people were killed and five wounded on Wednesday in an exchange of fire between Pakistani security forces and Afghan refugees in southwestern Pakistan, police said. (Reuters)

CLUSTER BOMBS

400 Million People Live In "Minefields": Report

Some 400 million people around the world live and work in what are effectively minefields, at daily risk of death or maiming by cluster bombs, according to a report issued on Wednesday. (Reuters)

SOMALIA

Blast Hits AU Convoy In Somalia

A remote-controlled bomb killed four African Union peacekeepers from Uganda and wounded five more when it hit their convoy in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, on Wednesday, the AU said. It was the first attack of its kind against the mission's troops, which previously had only been shot at, said an AU security source, speaking on condition of anonymity. (Mail & Guardian)

ALGERIA

Bombs Explode On Eve of Algerian Polls

Bombs killed a police officer and wounded five other people on Wednesday on the eve of parliamentary elections in Algeria, prompting fears of renewed Islamist extremism. The blasts came 48 hours after the North Africa branch of Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda network called on Algerians to boycott Thursday's polls. (Mail & Guardian)

NIGERIA

Nigeria Militants Bomb Home of Incoming Vice-President

Nigerian militants used dynamite to blow up the home of vice-president-elect Goodluck Jonathan in southern Bayelsa State early on Wednesday, killing two police officers, police said. (AFP)

U.K.

Three Suspects Released In Bomb Case in Britain

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