Al Qaeda-Linked Militant Attack in Lebanon

Suicide Bomber Kills at Least 10 at Market in Afghanistan

At least 10 people were killed and 32 were wounded Sunday when a suicide bomber struck at a crowded market in the southeastern province of Paktia, the provincial police chief said. News agencies said the death toll later rose to 14, quoting doctors at the local hospital. (NY Times)

INDIA

Police Defuse Bomb on Train in Calcutta

The Indian police said they had defused a bomb found Monday on a train in the eastern city of Calcutta, three days after a blast at a mosque killed 11 people in the southern city of Hyderabad. (Reuters)

Bomb at Historic Mosque Kills 11

A bomb ripped through a historic mosque in south India yesterday, killing 11 persons. Two others were killed in subsequent clashes between angry Muslim worshippers and security forces, police said. (Washington Times)

Mystery Woman Was At Blast Site

An unidentified woman in her 30s was seen near the spot at Mecca Masjid just a few minutes before the bomb went off on Friday, an eyewitness said, even as another cellphone and a remote control device were found in the mosque premises on Sunday. (Asian Age)

MISSING US SOLDIERS IN IRAQ

General: 2 Missing GIs 'Probably' Alive

U.S. forces broadened their hunt Saturday for three missing comrades beyond the rural area south of Baghdad where they disappeared, and their top commander expressed optimism that at least two of them were still alive a week after their isolated outpost was ambushed. (AP)

EGYPT

Egypt Arrests Muslim Brotherhood Members

Police arrested 14 members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood as part of Egypt's ongoing campaign against the country's strongest opposition group, the interior ministry and the group said Sunday. (AP)

GUANTANAMO

Guantanamo Detainee Returns to Australia

David M. Hicks, the first of hundreds of Guantanamo Bay detainees convicted under Congress's new rules for enemy-combatant terrorism trials, arrived home in Australia yesterday to finish his prison sentence after more than five years in U.S. custody, the Pentagon and the Australian government announced. (Washington Post)

ALGERIA

Mass Terror Trial in Mauritania

The trial in Mauritania of 24 suspected Islamic militants is set to begin. (BBC)

U.K.

Man Bailed Over 'Al-Qaeda Manual'

A 34-year-old man accused of possessing an al-Qaeda training manual has been released on bail by magistrates. (BBC)

ANALYSIS & OPINION

Targeting Human Trafficking

After years of shameful recalcitrance, New York will take the lead in the nation's effort to combat sex and labor trafficking with a new law that targets this modern form of slavery. The issue is an urgent one. Each year, thousands of people are brought into the United States — often through New York — to be used for forced sex or labor. Yet New York has lagged behind at least two dozen states in enacting laws to go after the traffickers and help their victims. (NY Times)

Inside Iran: Q & A with Hossein Shariatmadari

By Manal Lutfi

Tehran, Asharq Al-Awsat- Hossein Shariatmadari is the adviser to the Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, as well as a journalist and powerful politician. Yet reformists disagree with what he writes in the daily 'Kayhan' newspaper that he heads. However they read the writings of similar conservatives who contribute to the newspaper and the opening editorial of Shariatmadari .(Asharq Alawsat)

An Army Against The Clock In Iraq

By David Ignatius

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