Britain Cracks Down on 'Preachers of Hate,' Detains Ten for Deportation

INVESTIGATIONS

The London Bombings

'Al-Qaeda Cleric' Among Ten Detained For Deportation

Britain's promised crackdown on the "preachers of hate" began this morning as ten foreign nationals were detained, including Abu Qatada, described as al-Qaeda's spiritual ambassador in Europe. (The Times)

Q&A: What Next For the Detainees (The Times)

Cleric Bakri Arrested In Beirut

British-based radical Islamic preacher Omar Bakri Mohammed has been arrested in Lebanon. (BBC)

Iran

IAEA Drafts Iran Nuclear Reaction

The UN nuclear agency holds a last day of crisis talks following Iran's resumption of nuclear activities. (BBC)

U.S.

Terrorist Watch Lists Could Be Part of Gun-Buying Record Checks

Several measures before Congress would change the way in which federal authorities use terrorist watch lists when doing background checks on potential gun buyers. (Congressional Quarterly)

Jordan/U.K.

Britain Signs Deportation Deal with Jordan

Jordan signed a deal with Britain yesterday that enables British courts to deport Jordanians who incite or condone acts of terrorism in preaching or writing. Under the agreement, Jordan would have to guarantee a deportee would not be tortured or otherwise mistreated at home and would not face the death penalty. (Reuters)

Pakistan

Pakistan Questions Alleged Al Qaeda Operative

Pakistani security officials shifted an alleged al-Qaeda operative to Islamabad Wednesday for questioning, four days after his arrest in the central city of Faisalabad, an intelligence official said. (Expatica)

Foreign Madrasa Students Start Leaving Pakistan

Two Nepalese religious students left Pakistan yesterday, the first of more than 1,400 foreigners set to be deported in a government drive to curb extremism at the nation's Islamic schools. (AP)

Afghanistan

Afghan Villagers Say U.S. Airstrike Killed Civilians

Villagers in southern Afghanistan said Thursday that U.S. airstrikes during operations against militants this week killed civilians and wounded others, including an infant. A U.S. service member was killed in the east — the sixth American fatality in a week. (AP)

Saudi Arabia

U.S. Missions Reopen, but Caution Remains

The United States reopened its three diplomatic missions in Saudi Arabia but warned Americans there to stay vigilant. (LA Times)

LEGAL DEVELOPMENT

Turkey

Turkey Charges Man over Ship Plot

A Turkish court has brought charges against a Syrian suspected of planning to blow up Israeli cruise ships. (BBC)

IRAQ NEWS

Gunmen Kill at Least Six in Iraq

Insurgent attacks continued today as Iraqis attempted to write a constitution that is scheduled to be complete by Monday. (AP)

Political Unrest Mounts in Iraq

Baghdad's mayor decries his ouster, and rioters in the south protest their leadership. A bombing in the capital and other violence kill at least 21. (LA Times)

Early Pullout Unlikely In Iraq

Military official says withdrawal at least a year off. (Washington Post)

Iraqi Arabs Flock to Kurdish North for Jobs, Safety

Each morning before dawn, hundreds of Arabs from southern Iraq gather near a mosque in this northern Kurdish city hoping to find work on one of scores of construction sites dotting the landscape. (Reuters)

Despite Crushing Costs, Iraqi Cabinet Lets Big Subsidies Stand

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