Gas Rationing Sparks Roits in Iran

As if the daily suicide bombings and kidnappings are not enough, US forces and their Iraqi counterparts are battling a hidden but no less lethal danger — corruption. (Daily News)

U.S.

Family Seeks Punitive Damages From Walgreens in Pharmacy Error Case

The family of a mother of three who was given the wrong dosage of a powerful blood thinning medication wants the pharmacy Walgreens to pay punitive damages in the case. (ABC News)

Gingrich Keeps His Toes in '08 Waters With Tax-Exempt Group

A $2 million fund bankrolled by a handful of wealthy donors is helping former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich keep his name alive in key electoral states, a strategy that experts say bolsters his future as presidential candidate. (ABC News)

Questions Raised Over Hiring of Foreigner to Run California GOP

The California Republican party may have broken the law when it recently hired a Canadian to fill a senior director post, experts tell ABC News. (ABC News)

ABRAMOFF INVESTIGATION

Former Interior Department Official Will Go to Jail for Obstructing Abramoff Investigation

J. Steven Griles, the former deputy secretary at the Interior Department, has been sentenced to 10 months in prison and must pay a $30,000 fine after pleading guilty to obstructing a congressional inquiry into disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff. (ABC News)

TURKEY/IRAQ

Turkish Military Chief Wants Guidelines for Iraq Invasion

Share Turkey's military chief asked the government on Wednesday to set political guidelines for an incursion into northern Iraq to fight Kurdish guerrillas targeting Turkey. (AP)

NORTH KOREA

North Korea May Have Fired Missile

North Korea may have fired a short-range missile off its east coast on Wednesday, South Korea's Yonhap news agency said. (Reuters)

ANTI-TERROR BANK DATA DEAL

EU Backs Anti-Terror Deal With U.S. On Bank Data

The European Union approved a deal on Wednesday setting conditions for the U.S. Treasury Department to consult records of the international banking network SWIFT in anti-terror probes, EU diplomats said. (Reuters)

INDIA

Two Bomb Blasts in Assam, No Casualties

Two bombs, suspected to have been planted by the outlawed ULFA, exploded at Gouripur market in Assam's Dhibri district on Wednesday though there were no casualties. (The Times of India)

SUDAN

Sudan's Presidential Adviser Dies in Crash

Sudan's powerful presidential adviser Majzoub al-Khalifa, who was key to signing last year's Darfur peace accord, died in a car accident in northern Sudan on Wednesday. (Reuters)

AIDS/KAZAKHSTAN

Kazakh HIV Medics Found Guilty

A court in the Central Asian state of Kazakhstan has found 21 medical workers guilty of causing an HIV outbreak which has so far killed 10 children. (BBC)

CHINA TAINTED GOODS

In Food Safety Crackdown, China Closes 180 Plants

After weeks of insisting that food here is largely safe, regulators in China said Tuesday that they had recently closed 180 food plants and that inspectors had uncovered more than 23,000 food safety violations. (NY Times)

SAUDI ARABIA

Saudi Arabia Execution Toll Tops 100

Saudi Arabia on Wednesday said it beheaded three men convicted of various crimes, bringing the total number of executions announced by the ultra-conservative kingdom so far this year to 101. (AFP)

GUANTANAMO BAY

Guantanamo Hearing Shifts Focus to World Opinion of U.S.

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