20 Decapitated Bodies Found In Iraq

IRAQ

20 Beheaded Bodies Found In Iraq

Twenty beheaded bodies were discovered Thursday on the banks of the Tigris River southeast of Baghdad and a car bomb killed another 20 people in one of the capital's busy outdoor bus stations, police said. (AP)

Baghdad Bomb Kills 25, as British Soldiers Die

A car bomb attack has killed at least 25 commuters at a bus stop and wounded dozens of others in Baghdad this morning, only hours after three more British soldiers were killed in a roadside bombing in Basra. (The Times of London)

4 Journalists Killed in Iraq

Four more Iraqi journalists have been killed in attacks across Iraq in the last three weeks, a media watchdog and police said on Thursday. (Daily Jang)

Readiness of US-Trained Iraqis Doubted

The United States has invested $19 billion to train and equip nearly 350,000 Iraqi soldiers and police since it toppled Saddam Hussein, but the ability of those forces to provide security for the country remains in doubt, according to the results of a bipartisan congressional investigation to be released today. (Washington Post)

AFGHANISTAN

Suicide Bomber Kills American in Kabul

A suicide car bomber hit a convoy of security contractors in the Afghan capital Thursday, killing an American and a Nepalese citizen and wounding three other Americans, police said. The Taliban claimed responsibility. (AP)

Taliban Free 18 Mine Clearers Held For Six Days

The insurgent Taliban movement has released 18 Afghan mine clearers captured six days ago, but has held on to their equipment and three sniffer dogs, the rebel group and an official said Thursday. (Daily Jang)

U.S. WIRETAPPING

White House Is Subpoenaed on Wiretapping

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday issued subpoenas to the White House, Vice President Dick Cheney's office and the Justice Department after what the panel's chairman called "stonewalling of the worst kind" of efforts to investigate the National Security Agency's policy of wiretapping without warrants. (NY Times)

U.S.

Report: Wasteful Government Spending at All-Time High

The U.S. government has committed to spend a record-high $1.1 trillion with companies holding government contracts "plagued by waste, fraud, abuse or mismanagement," according to a new report by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. (ABC News)

U.S. Faces More Distrust from World, Poll Shows

Distrust of the United States has intensified across the world, but overall views of America remain very or somewhat favorable among majorities in 25 of 46 countries and the Palestinian territories surveyed in an international poll conducted by the Pew Research Center, in results reported Wednesday. (NY Times)

PAKISTAN

250,000 in Distress: •Turbat Situation Critical •Mirani Dam in Danger

More than 250,000 people in Balochistan have either been rendered homeless or severely affected by a cyclone which lashed the coastal areas and the heavy rainfall which almost paralysed major parts of the province. At least 24 people have been reported killed in floods and rain-related incidents. (Dawn)

3 Insurgents Killed By Own Bomb in N Waziristan

Three insurgents died when a bomb they were planting on a road detonated prematurely in North Waziristan on Thursday. (Daily Jang)

1988 PAN AM BOMBING INVESTIGATION

Panel Recommends Appeal in Lockerbie Bomber Conviction

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