Fatah Security Headquarters Overtaken by Hamas

Gunmen on a motorcycle shot and killed a girl of 13 and a woman teacher in a savage attack on female education in Afghanistan, six years after the Taleban regime was removed from power. (The London Times)

SYRIA/LEBANON

Damascus Denies UN Report of Arms Crossing Into Lebanon

Syria has roundly denied claims by UN Middle East envoy Terje Roed-Larsen of illegal arms trafficking from Syria into Lebanon. A senior Syrian Foreign Ministry official, quoted by the official Syrian Arab News Agency, called the claims "false." (AFP)

U.S.

FBI Finds it Frequently Overstepped in Collecting Data

An internal FBI audit has found that the bureau potentially violated the law or agency rules more than 1,000 times while collecting data about domestic phone calls, e-mails and financial transactions in recent years, far more than was documented in a Justice Department report in March that ignited bipartisan congressional criticism. (Washington Post)

Imported Toothpaste Recalled in 4 States

The Colgate-Palmolive Company said Thursday that 5-ounce tubes of counterfeit toothpaste sold in discount stores in four states under a Colgate label are being recalled because they may contain a poisonous chemical. (AP)

IRAN

Tehran Loses Five Soldiers to Rebel Action

Five Iranian soldiers have been killed during clashes with armed rebels in a Kurdish populated area in the northwest of the country, local papers reported on Wednesday. (AFP)

CHINA

Police Rescue 217 "Slaves" In China

Police in China have rescued 217 people, including 29 children, who had been working as "slaves" in brick kilns, state press reported Thursday. (AFP)

SPACE SHUTTLE

Space Station Computer Failure; Astronauts Scramble

An unprecedented computer failure in the Russian segment of the International Space Station has engineers at space centers in Houston and Russia scrambling to solve the problem before the Space Shuttle Atlantis undocks on June 19. (ABC News)

U.K.

Man Linked to Bomb Gang Revealed to Be on the Run

A British Muslim who was allegedly approached to become a suicide bomber on the London Underground is today revealed as being one of the six men who are on the run having breached their control orders. (Guardian)

CANADA/SPAIN

Suspected ETA Member Arrested In Canada

Canadian police have arrested a suspected member of Basque separatist group ETA, which called off a 14-month ceasefire last week, Spain's government said on Wednesday. (Reuters)

SOMALIA

Somali Gunmen Attack Ethiopians and Kill Official

Somali insurgents assassinated a local official on Thursday and attacked Ethiopian troops overnight just hours after a second attempt to start a peace conference was postponed, residents said. (Reuters)

THAILAND

3 Killed, 13 Schools Burned in Southern Thailand

Three Muslim men were gunned down, while separatist insurgents set fire to 13 schools in Thailand's Muslim-majority south, police said Thursday. (AFP)

CHECHNYA

Troops Jailed for Chechnya Murder

A military court in southern Russia has sentenced four soldiers to prison terms for murdering six Chechen civilians. (BBC)

NORTH KOREA

Report: N. Korea Funds Transfer to Begin

A financial dispute that has held up North Korea's pledge to shut down its nuclear reactor could be nearing a breakthrough amid a news report that the long-awaited transfer of frozen North Korean funds will start Thursday. (AP)

ANALYSIS/OPINION

A Failure to Protect Our Troops

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