One hundred or more people were killed when Russian troops stormed a school Friday in a chaotic battle to free parents, teachers and children who had been held hostage for 53 hours by Chechen separatists, news wires report.
And, F.B.I. counterintelligence agents are investigating whether several Pentagon officials leaked classified information to Iraqi politician Ahmed Chalabi and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, according to a law enforcement official and other people familiar with the case.
Plus, eight British terror suspects charged in a plot linked to U.S. financial targets were told on Friday they would not face trial until next September 2005.
And finally in Iraq, two French journalists held hostage in Iraq are out of danger and might be released within hours, a Sunni Muslim source said Friday.
THE WAR ON TERROR
Russians Storm School; 100 Bodies Found
Commandos stormed a school Friday in southern Russia and battled separatist rebels holding hundreds of hostages, as crying children, some naked and covered in blood, fled through explosions and gunfire. More than 100 bodies were reportedly found in the gymnasium where hostages had been held. (AP)
Eyewitness: Scenes of Chaos
BBC correspondents Damian Grammaticas, Jonathan Charles and Sarah Rainsford describe what they have seen on the streets of Beslan. (BBC)
Russia School Siege: Nine Arab Attackers Killed Russian forces stormed a school Friday in southern part of the country and battled gunmen holding 1,200 hostages. An official told The AP the death toll could be more than 150. An estimated 520 people were wounded, health officials said. The regional health minister earlier reported that at least 218 children were wounded. (Al Bawaba)
Wider FBI Probe of Pentagon Leaks Includes Chalabi
FBI counterintelligence agents are investigating whether several Pentagon officials leaked classified information to Iraqi politician Ahmed Chalabi and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, according to a law enforcement official and other people familiar with the case. (Washington Post)
Israel Has Long Spied On U.S., Say Officials
Despite its fervent denials, Israel secretly maintains a large and active intelligence-gathering operation in the United States that has long attempted to recruit U.S. officials as spies and to procure classified documents, U.S. government officials said. (LA Times)
Saudi Policeman Killed In Clash
Officials in Saudi Arabia say one policeman has been killed and three wounded in the latest clash with suspected Islamic militants. (BBC)
Top Commander Wounded in Yemen Clashes
A senior Yemeni Army commander was wounded in fresh clashes with followers of the rebel cleric Hussein Badruddin Al-Houthi in the north of the country, military sources said yesterday. (Arab News)
U.S. Plot Suspects Face U.K. Trial in Sept. 2005
Eight British terror suspects charged in a plot linked to U.S. financial targets were told Friday they would not face trial until September 2005. (Reuters)
U.S. Soldier 'Tried To Aid Al Qaeda'
A military court martial has convicted a U.S. National Guard soldier of trying to aid al-Qaeda. (Al Jazeera)
French Hostages Reportedly Out of Danger
Two French journalists held hostage in Iraq are out of danger and might be released within hours, a Sunni Muslim source said Friday. (UPI)