Libby Sentenced to 30 Months in Prison

SCOOTER LIBBY TRIAL

Libby Sentenced to 2 1/2 Years in Prison

Former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison Tuesday for lying and obstructing the CIA leak investigation. (AP)

JEFFERSON INDICTMENT

Jefferson Indicted on Graft Charges

Rep. William J. Jefferson (D-La.) was indicted Monday on charges that he used his congressional office to enrich himself and his family through a pervasive pattern of fraud, bribery and corruption that spanned five years and two continents. (LA Times)

Analysis: Mr. Jefferson Indicted

To read the indictment of Rep. William J. Jefferson is to wonder how, if the allegations are true, the Louisiana Democrat, so busy soliciting and dispensing bribes, had any time left over for his day job. The 16-count indictment handed up yesterday by a federal grand jury in Alexandria is staggering in the scope and audacity of the bribery schemes it portrays Mr. Jefferson as having peddled, from sugar plant and waste recycling projects in Nigeria to telecommunications deals in Ghana to oil concessions in Equatorial Guinea to satellite transmission contracts in Botswana to offshore oil rights in Sao Tome and Principe. All this might explain why it took nearly two years for prosecutors to secure the indictment after a search of Mr. Jefferson's home found $90,000 wrapped in tin foil in his freezer. (Washington Post)

AL QAEDA

Bin Laden Alive, Wrote to Me, Taliban Leader Says

A brother of a slain Taliban leader said al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden was alive and well and that he had received a letter of condolence from him after his brother was killed in May. (Reuters)

Former Osama bin Laden Bodyguard in Al-Arabiya TV Interview: I Love Him More Than I Love My Own Father

The following are excerpts from an interview with Nasser Al-Bahri, aka "Abu Jandal," former bodyguard of Osama bin Laden, which aired on Al-Arabiya TV on May 4, 2007. (MEMRI)

IRAQ

Female Suicide Bomber Foiled in Baghdad

Alert guards gunned down a black-clad woman at a police recruiting station Tuesday, a would-be suicide bomber who then exploded before their eyes. But another bomber succeeded, detonating an explosives-laden car at a checkpoint in Ramadi and killing six policemen. (AP)

Most Of Baghdad 'Not Controlled'

US and Iraqi forces control fewer than one-third of Baghdad's neighbourhoods, according to a review of a security crackdown in the city since February. (BBC)

AFGHANISTAN

Karzai Orders Taleban Body Swap

The Afghan government has agreed to hand over the body of Taleban commander Mullah Dadullah in exchange for the release of hostages, officials say. (BBC)

'Taleban Killed' In Afghan Clash

US-led forces and Afghan troops have killed an estimated two dozen Taleban militants near the southern city of Kandahar, a coalition statement says. (BBC)

20 Suspected Taliban Drown in River

A gunbattle and airstrikes killed an estimated two dozen Taliban fighters in southern Afghanistan, while more than 20 suspected militants drowned when security forces sank their boat as they were crossing a river to flee an attack, officials said Tuesday. (AP)

PAKISTAN

New Controls on Media in Pakistan

President Pervez Musharraf has signed into immediate effect measures to increase control over the media. (BBC)

DANIEL PEARL CASE

Pakistan Arrests Two Suspects in Daniel Pearl Case

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