Afghan Trade: Four Hostages for Body of Dead Taliban

AFGHANISTAN

Afghan Trade: Four Hostages for Body of Dead Taliban

The body of the one-legged, ruthless Taliban military commander, Mullah Dadullah, was turned over to the Taliban in exchange for the release of four hostages, said Shahbuddin Atal, who claims to speak on behalf of the militant group. (ABC News)

30 Suspected Taliban Killed or Wounded

A battle and airstrikes in southern Afghanistan left 30 suspected Taliban dead or wounded, the Ministry of Defense said Thursday. (AP)

Afghanistan Ill-Prepared As Iran Deports Thousands

Nearly 100,000 Afghan migrants have been expelled from Iran over the past month and the total could reach 1 million by next spring, according to Tehran officials who say they are trying to protect the jobs of Iranians. (Washington Times)

IRAN/CIA

GOP Lawmakers Demand Probe of ABC News Story

A group of House Republicans are calling for an investigation into "the release of sensitive information" in a recent ABC News report on CIA covert activities against Iran. (ABC News)

SAUDI ARABIA

BBC Report: Saudi Prince Got $Billions for Arms Deal

A Saudi prince received millions of dollars for his own use as part of Britain's largest arms deal, the British Broadcasting Corp. said. (AP)

Saudi Arabia Says Detains 11 Suspected Militants

Saudi Arabia has detained 11 suspected Islamist militants over the past 48 hours including one involved in an attack on a major Saudi oil installation, the state news agency said on Thursday. (Asharg Alawsat)

U.S.

Report: 39 Secretly Imprisoned by U.S.

A coalition of human rights groups has drawn up a list of 39 terror suspects it believes are being secretly imprisoned by U.S. authorities and published their names in a report released Thursday. (AP)

NORTH KOREA MISSILES

North Korea Fires Missiles off West Coast

North Korea fired one or two short-range missiles off its west coast on Thursday, South Korea's Yonhap news agency quoted a government official as saying. (Reuters)

IRAQ NEWS

Insurgent Group Announces Truce with Al-Qaeda in Iraq

A Sunni insurgent group that waged a deadly street battle last week against the rival group al-Qaeda in Iraq in a Sunni neighborhood of west Baghdad announced Wednesday that the two forces had declared a cease-fire. (Washington Post)

Suicide Bomber Kills 9 in Iraq Attack On Police HQ

A suicide truck bomber killed nine people and wounded 22, including five British civilian contractors, in an attack in an Iraqi town near the Syrian border on Thursday, police said. (Reuters)

Envoy in Iraq Says Ready to Listen To Kidnappers

The ambassador to Iraq said on Thursday he was willing to listen to the kidnappers of five Britons abducted in Baghdad last week but ruled out negotiating with them. (Reuters)

G8 SUMMIT

Merkel: G-8 Leaders Agree on 'Substantial Cuts' in Gas Emissions Blamed for Global Warming

Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday that the Group of Eight has agreed on a plan calling for "substantial cuts" in the greenhouse gas emissions blamed for global warming. (AP)

Thousands of Protesters Foil Some German Security Measures and Clash with the Police

They lurked in the woods, 50 strong, wearing black hoods and bandannas, and wielding tree limbs. At a signal, they sprang forward and threw their debris across one of the bigger roads here, creating a barricade that brought traffic to a halt. (NY Times)

ITALY/U.S. TRIAL

Trial Opens Involving C.I.A. Rendition

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