Government Flood Insurance Questioned

INVESTIGATIONS

U.S.

Government Flood Insurance Program Called into Question

Victims of Hurricane Isabel Say FEMA Flood Insurance Didn't Come Through. (ABC News)

Pentagon Nixes 9/11 Hearing Testimony

The Department of Defense forbade a military intelligence officer to testify Wednesday about the work of a secret military unit that identified four 9/11 hijackers more than a year before the Sept. 11 terrorists attacks, according to the man's attorney. (AP)

Indonesia

Indonesia Says Bird Flu Outbreak May Become Epidemic

A bird flu outbreak that has killed at least four people in Indonesia could quickly become an epidemic as agriculture officials announced plans for mass culls of chickens in infected areas. (Reuters)

Interactive Map: Explore How Avian Flu Is Spreading Across Asia. (PBS)

Italy

Church Denies Hiding War Crimes Suspect

The Roman Catholic Church denied Tuesday that it was sheltering a top Croatian war crimes suspect, after an allegation by a United Nations prosecutor that the suspect was hiding in a monastery and that the Vatican had refused pleas to help find him. (NY Times)

Guantanamo

Fewer on Guantanamo Hunger Strike

The number of detainees on hunger strike at the US military prison in Guantanamo Bay is said to have fallen by almost two-thirds since last week. (BBC)

Detainee Hunger Strike Prompts Request for Health Records Access

Attorneys for several Guantanamo detainees ask a federal court judge for immediate access to their clients' medical records, fearing an eight-week-long hunger strike is growing more serious. (Washington Post)

Iran

Iran Warns Against Referral of Nuclear Issue to the U.N.

Iran said it would restrict United Nations inspectors from critical information if the U.S. referred it to the Security Council. (NY Times)

Russia opposes EU move against Iran

Russia has opposed an EU draft that seeks to have Iran referred to the UN Security Council and warned against escalating the standoff with Tehran. (Al Jazeera)

Europe

Brussels Calls for Media Code to Avoid Aiding Terrorists

Europe's media should draw up code of conduct to ensure they do not aid terrorists, European commission says. (The Guardian)

EU States Still Negotiating Data Storage Plan

European Union member states are still working on a plan to store Internet and telephone data to combat terror despite a rival proposal due from the European Commission on Wednesday. (Reuters)

Uzbekistan

Uzbeks Accuse Foreign Media of Coup Attempt As Andijan 'Show Trial' Opens Observers brand Tashkent proceedings against 15 Islamic militants a sham. (The Guardian)

LEGAL DEVELOPMENTS

Canada

Egyptian Convict in Canada: I Disagreed with Bin Laden over Wages

Egyptian activist Mohammad Zaki Mahjoub arrested in Canada in 2000 and detained ever since, said that the Canadian Court of Appeals will, in a matter of days, decide on his request that his deportation to Egypt be stopped: he fears for his life if deported as he is ranked number 20 among those accused of religious violence in Egypt. (Asharq al Awsat)

IRAQ NEWS

Attacks in Iraq Kill 9 Americans, Including State Dept. Aide

British military officials in Basra also faced harsh criticism from the Iraqi government over their siege of a police station there. (NY Times)

Iraq Police Militants 'Must Go'

"Rogue elements" in Iraq's police must be rooted out, the head of the military in British-controlled Basra says. (BBC)

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