Palestinian President Disolves Government and Declares State of Emergency

A group of soldiers was in custody in Zimbabwe on charges of plotting to oust President Robert Mugabe and replace him with a Cabinet minister, a newspaper report claimed on Friday. (Mail & Guardian)

TAIWAN / U.S.

U.S. Put Pressure on Taiwan to End Alleged Nuclear Quest in 1970s

As Washington struggles to end nuclear programs in North Korea and Iran, details have emerged from declassified U.S. government documents regarding its success in halting Taiwan's budding nuclear project in the 1970s. (AP)

ARGENTINA

10 Ex-Argentine Security Agents Detained

A federal court in northern Argentina has detained 10 former state security agents — including four army colonels — for prosecution in connection with a 1976 massacre, the government news agency said. (AP)

ANALYSIS & OPINION

Factionalism has Spread to Iraq's Intelligence Services

By David Ignatius

Iraq's internal conflict is on the verge of claiming a new victim - the country's fledging intelligence service. Pressure to abolish the spy agency is coming from pro-Iranian Shiite politicians who have created a rival organization. The duel between the Iraqi spy agencies is one more sign of the sectarian rage that is destroying the country, as in Wednesday's macabre repeat bombing of the Samarra mosque revered by Shiites. Nuri al-Maliki, Iraq's Shiite prime minister, is said to vacillate between supporting the official spy service and its Iranian-backed challenger. US officials, who strongly back the official service, are upset about the bickering but seem unable to resolve it. (Daily Star)

Pakistan at the Crossroads: Which Way Will Musharraf turn?

By Amir Taheri

Soon after he seized power in a bloodless coup in October 1999, General Pervez Musharraf spelled out his "vision for a new Pakistan". In a wide-ranging conversation, he denied that he had ever thought of staging a coup. But, the detailed way in which he described his "vision" made it clear that he could not have been swept to power without ever thinking of grabbing it. (Asharq Alawsat)

A 'Two-State Solution,' Palestinian-Style

By Martin Indyk

Does Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas know something that we don't? For five days his presidential security forces in Gaza came under organized attack by Hamas gunmen. His compound in Gaza City was under siege. But he responded to these clear challenges to his authority with observations about the madness that had infected Gaza and refused to assign blame. (Washington Post)

Democracy & Foreign Advice

It is a pity that foreigners should tell us about the importance of transparent elections, and that government and opposition leaders should queue up to meet the visiting US Assistant Secretary of State to seek his advice on Pakistan's internal political matters. On Wednesday, Mr Richard Boucher met Foreign Minister Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri. That was understandable because as a State Department official dealing with South Asia, Mr Boucher was here to discuss bilateral issues and the situation in the region, especially the Afghan imbroglio. (Dawn)

Will Promoting Democracy Backfire?

From Gaza to Lebanon to Iraq, the Middle East is aflame, and the vaunted free elections that have been held in each country have hardly produced peace, stability or good governance. Some Arabs are now claiming that democracy itself is discredited. That's neither fair nor true. (LA Times)

The Insider Daily Investigative Report (DIR) is a summary of major news articles and broadcasts relating to investigative news, including international terrorism and developments in Iraq. The DIR is edited daily from foreign and U.S. sources by Chris Isham and Elizabeth Sprague of the ABC News Investigative Unit. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of ABCNEWS.

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