Ambushed: Two ABC News Journalists Killed in Iraq

IRAQ NEWS

Ambushed: Two ABC News Journalists Killed in Iraq

Two Iraqi ABC News broadcast journalists were killed in Iraq, ABC News President David Westin announced this morning. (ABC News)

60 Die in Iraq; Study Warns Of Collapse

More than 60 people were killed and dozens wounded in mortar strikes, drive-by shootings, roadside explosions, suicide bombings and other violent attacks in Iraq on Thursday, as a new study warned that the country was close to becoming a "failed state." (Washington Post)

INDIA

5 Killed, Many Hurt as Bombs Go Off in Hyderabad Mosque

The two bombs which killed five people and injured many others inside the Mecca Masjid compound near the Charminar on Friday afternoon here appear to have been remote controlled. Two unexploded bombs have also been recovered from inside the compound. (India Times)

AFGHANISTAN

Taliban Worried Spies Are in Their Ranks

There is growing concern among the Taliban about the infiltration of their ranks by spies working for the U.S. and its allies following the recent killings of two of their top military commanders on the basis of information provided by informers having access to their hideouts. (ABC News)

10 Killed in Southern Afghan Bombings

Two coordinated bomb blasts killed seven people in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, including three police responding to the first explosion - an Iraq-style attack rarely seen here. (AP)

IRAN

Iran Says Five Held in Iraq May Be Free by June 21

Five Iranians detained by U.S. forces in northern Iraq could be freed within the next month, Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said on Friday. (Reuters)

U.K./U.S.

U.S. Calls for Extradition of Radical Cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri in London Court

The United States, arguing for the extradition of radical Islamic cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri, accused him on Thursday of involvement in a global conspiracy to wage terrorist attacks on the United States and other Western countries. (International Herald Tribune)

U.S.

Dems Question $250,000 in Bonuses for Gov Official

The White House appointee in charge of the Education Department's troubled financial aid office took home $250,000 in bonuses, leading Democratic lawmakers to question what she did to deserve such lavish rewards. (ABC News)

Suspects Arrested in South Carolina Armored Car Robbery

Authorities in South Carolina have announced five arrests in one of the largest heists in U.S. history but said that one fugitive remains on the loose. (ABC News)

GERMANY

Alleged CIA Kidnap Victim Held for Arson

A German citizen who claimed the CIA kidnapped and tortured him in an Afghan prison has been detained on suspicion of arson and sent to a hospital psychiatric ward, police said Thursday. (Washington Post)

ISRAEL

Israel: Plot to Assassinate Prime Minster Olmert Foiled

The Israeli intelligence services say they have foiled a plot to assassinate Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and other senior Israeli political figures. Details of the story were released yesterday after Israeli authorities lifted a media blackout. (ABC News)

SUDAN

Sudan Accused on Darfur Killings

The Border Intelligence Guards are said to be run by army intelligence Sudanese security forces took part in the killing of some 100 people in the war-torn Darfur region, the UN says. (BBC)

SRI LANKA

Moves by Sri Lanka Military Worry Human Rights Group

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