32 Militants Killed by Missile Strike in Pakistan

On a recent afternoon, with the smoke still rising from buildings burned in fierce fighting here between Islamist militants and the Lebanese Army, a man calling himself Abu Omar gave a tour of his squalid neighborhood. (International Herald Tribune)

Militant Group Claims Rocket Attack on Israel

A previously unknown militant group claimed responsibility Monday for a rocket attack a day earlier on northern Israel. A group calling itself the "Jihadi Badr Brigade-Lebanon branch" vowed in a statement faxed to the offices of The Associated Press in Beirut to continue attacks on Israel, saying: "We had promised our people jihad. Here, we again strike the Zionists when a group from the Jihadi Badr Brigades struck the Zionists in the occupied Palestinian territory." (Daily Star)

Lebanese Soldier Dies in Refugee Camp Fighting

A Lebanese soldier was killed on Tuesday at a Palestinian refugee camp in north Lebanon where fighting between troops and Islamist militants is in its fifth week, security sources said. (Reuters)

Lebanese Army Battles Militants on Two Fronts

Lebanese troops battled militants on two fronts on Monday, hunting gunmen who fired rockets into Israel and tightening the noose on Islamists making a last stand in a refugee camp. (Asharq Alawsat)

SOMALIA

Amnesty for Somalia's Islamists

Somalia's government has given an amnesty to both the leaders and fighters of the Islamist movement ousted from power last December. (BBC)

Somalia Presidential Spokesman Shot Twice in Capital

Somalia's presidential spokesman was shot twice at close range in the latest assassination attempt on government officials in the Horn of Africa nation, officials said today. (Reuters)

Blast Kills Two near Somalia Peace Conference Venue

A large blast killed two civilians in Mogadishu Monday close to the venue for next month's planned peace conference that has already been delayed twice over security fears, police said. (Daily Nation)

SUDAN

Sudan Silent on Assassination Claims

The Sudanese Embassy yesterday described as "too sensitive" claims by the widow of former Sudanese Vice-President John Garang de Mabior that he was assassinated. (Daily Nation)

U.S./SUDAN

16 Companies May Violate U.S. Ban on Trade With Terror States

Royal Dutch Shell, Nokia and Credit Suisse are among 16 companies publicly traded in the United States that may be violating a U.S. ban on doing business with Sudan, according to documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). (ABC News)

U.K.

Jail Inmates Will Be Freed Early

Some inmates serving jail terms of four years or less will be released early to ease prison overcrowding in England and Wales, Lord Falconer has said. (BBC)

ITALY

Kidnapping Trial of C.I.A. Agents is Suspended by Judge in Italy

An Italian judge on Monday suspended the kidnapping trial of 25 Central Intelligence Agency operatives, a United States military officer and some of Italy's former top spies, to await a ruling on whether prosecutors overstepped their bounds and violated state secrecy laws as they gathered evidence. (NY Times)

SOUTH AFRICA

Wanted Man Found Behind Bars

A man on Sandton police's "wanted list", whom police have been looking for since 1999, has been found -- in jail serving a 12-year sentence. (Mail & Guardian)

ENRON SCANDAL

Former Enron Chief Executive Draws 27-Month Prison Term

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