Sunni Insurgent Groups Battle Each Other in Baghdad

IRAQ NEWS

Sunni Insurgents Battle in Baghdad

Sunni residents of a west Baghdad neighborhood used assault rifles and a roadside bomb to battle the Sunni insurgent group al-Qaeda in Iraq this week, leaving at least 28 people dead and six injured, residents said Thursday. (Washington Post)

Rival Sunni Militants in Baghdad Power Struggle

Residents of a Baghdad district cowered inside their homes on Friday, too afraid to go into the streets where al Qaeda militants and rival Sunni Arab insurgents have fought fierce battles in the past two days. (Reuters)

Sunnis Revolt against Al Qaeda in Iraq

U.S. troops battled al Qaeda in west Baghdad on Thursday after Sunni Arab residents challenged the militants and called for American help to end furious gunfire that kept students from final exams and forced people in the neighborhood to huddle indoors. (AP)

KIDNAPPED U.K. REPORTER

Video of Kidnapped UK Reporter Surfaces

Kidnapped British reporter Alan Johnston appeared Friday in a videotape posted on an Islamic militant Web site, saying his captors had treated him well, denouncing Israel and blasting British and U.S. Mideast policy. (AP)

IRAN

Missing Irvine Man Imprisoned in Iran

The United States confirmed that a missing Irvine peace activist has become the fourth Iranian American detained by Iran on suspicion of espionage, and warned U.S. citizens against traveling to the country. (LA Times)

U.S. Warns Against Travel to Iran

The United States warned U.S. citizens on Thursday against traveling to Iran, accusing Islamic authorities there of a "disturbing pattern" of harassment after the detention of a fourth Iranian-American for alleged espionage. (AP)

LEBANON

Lebanese Army Masses around Refugee Camp

Under the cover of artillery barrages, dozens of Lebanese army tanks and armored carriers moved toward a Palestinian refugee camp in northern Lebanon Friday in pursuit of Islamic militants holed up inside. (AP)

WAR CRIMES

Bosnian Serb War Crimes Suspect Delivered To Hague

Bosnian Serb war crimes suspect General Zdravko Tolimir, who was arrested on Thursday, has set off for the Hague war crimes tribunal in the Netherlands, NATO said on Friday. (Reuters)

U.S.

TB Patient Asks Forgiveness but Defends Travel

In an exclusive interview with ABC's Diane Sawyer, tuberculosis patient Andrew Speaker said he never thought others were at risk for catching his deadly disease. (ABC News)

Rare Blood Cancer Hits 9/11 Responders

The head of the largest program tracking the health of World Trade Center site workers said several have developed rare blood cell cancers, raising fears that cancer will become a "third wave" of illnesses among those exposed to toxic dust after Sept. 11. (AP)

White House Follows New Path to Secrecy

A newly disclosed effort to keep Vice President Dick Cheney's visitor records secret is the latest White House push to make sure the public doesn't learn who has been meeting with top officials in the Bush administration. (AP)

'Dr Death' Released from US Jail

Jack Kevorkian, the man known as Dr Death and who helped the terminally ill to die, has been released from prison in the US state of Michigan. (BBC)

AFGHANISTAN

'Afghan Civilians' Killed By Nato

At least 15 civilians have been killed in an offensive by Nato and Afghan forces in the southern Helmand province, according to local police. (BBC)

THAILAND

Violence in Thailand Leaves 18 Dead

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