32 Militants Killed by Missile Strike in Pakistan

PAKISTAN

Missile Strike Kills 32 Militants in Pakistan

A missile attack, possibly launched by U.S. forces in Afghanistan, killed at least 32 pro-Taliban militants on Tuesday in a Pakistani tribal region near the border, Pakistani officials said. (Reuters)

AFGHANISTAN

Taleban Capture Afghan District

Taleban rebels have captured a district in the southern Afghan province of Kandahar after days of fierce fighting. (BBC)

Taliban Overrun Southern Afghan District

Taliban militants overran a district in southern Afghanistan and are pushing for control of another key area, sparking fierce clashes with NATO and Afghan forces that have left more than 100 people dead over three days, officials said Tuesday. (AP)

IRAQ

U.S., Iraqi Forces Kill 22 Insurgents

About 10,000 U.S. soldiers using heavily armored Stryker and Bradley fighting vehicles fought their way into an al-Qaida sanctuary northeast of Baghdad early Tuesday. American and Iraqi forces, under cover of attack helicopters, killed at least 22 insurgents, the military said. (AP)

Scores Killed in Baghdad Bombing

A car bomb killed at least 75 people and wounded 130 others near a Shi'ite mosque in central Baghdad on Tuesday, Iraqi police said. (Mail & Guardian)

Civilians Die as Police, Gunmen Clash in Iraq

Two days of fierce fighting between gunmen loyal to Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr and Iraqi police have killed 35 people and wounded 125 in the southern city of Nassiriya, a hospital doctor said on Tuesday. (Mail & Guardian)

Oiling the Wheels of War

On the banks of the Shatt al-Arab in southern Iraq, a family business is thriving. For the Ashur, a small clan of 50 families, it's worth several million dollars a week. Costs are steep, especially for security. But profits are tidy and business is booming. (Mail & Guardian)

Athletes' Remains Found In Iraq

The decomposed bodies of 13 members of an Iraqi taekwondo team seized a year ago have been found, officials say. (BBC)

HAMAS VS. FATAH

U.S. Unfreezes Millions in Aid to Palestinians

The United States on Monday ended an economic and political embargo of the Palestinian Authority in a bid to bolster President Mahmoud Abbas and the new Fatah-led emergency government he has established in the West Bank as a counterweight to Hamas-controlled Gaza. (NY Times)

NORTH KOREA

South Korea: North Korea Fires Missile

North Korea fired a short-range missile toward waters between the Korean Peninsula and Japan, a South Korean intelligence official said Tuesday, amid signs of progress in ending North Korea's nuclear weapons program. (AP)

U.S.

Accused Las Vegas 'Madam' Claims She Only Did Makeup for Bill Clinton

The lawyer for an accused Las Vegas "Madam" says she did work for Bill Clinton but only to provide makeup, not girls. (ABC News)

S.C. Warehouse Fire Kills 9 Firefighters

Fire swept through a furniture warehouse, collapsing the building's roof and claiming the lives of nine firefighters in a disaster the mayor described Tuesday as "difficult to fathom or quantify." (AP)

Police Find Cop Killer's Body, But No Other Answers

For nine years, the question has echoed across the high desert of southeastern Utah, hard against the corner where four states meet. (AP)

LEBANON

A Militant Islamist, and Local Hero, Rules This Corner of Lebanon

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