Detainees Hunger Strike in Court

INVESTIGATIONS

Guantanamo

Hunger Strike by Detainees Goes to Court

Lawyers for a group of detainees at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, have asked a federal judge to assume oversight of the military's management of a hunger strike there, asserting that the government has been concealing the full scope of the problem. (NY Times)

Lawyer Reveals Causes for Gitmo Hunger Strike

A lawyer for one of the six Bahraini detainees in the US prison camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, revealed yesterday the causes for the hunger strike that the detainees began in mid-June. (Arab News)

Indonesia

Girl, 5, Dies in Bird Flu Outbreak

Indonesia is preparing for a poultry cull as a fifth death raises fears of imminent epidemic. (The Times of London)

Pakistan

Six Dead in Two Pakistan Blasts

Six people have died and at least 20 people have been injured in two bomb blasts in the Pakistani city of Lahore, police say. (BBC)

Al Hariri Probe

New Names Hinted At in Hariri Probe

Even the current Syrian foreign minister, Faruq al-Sharaa, and his deputy, Walid al-Muallim, may be questioned in the near future as witnesses by the UN investigation commission into the assassination of former Lebanese prime minsiter Rafik Hariri, according to Lebanese sources close to the inquiry. (AKI)

U.S.

Sex Offenders Scattered After Katrina

With Gulf evacuation displacing thousands, officials ask public to be aware. (MSNBC)

U.K.

Bomb Suspect Held On Return to UK

Suspected 21 July failed bomber Hussain Osman has been arrested by anti-terror officers after arriving back in the UK following his extradition from Italy. (BBC)

Sudan

Darfur Rebels Say Only War Will Lead to Fair Govt

A rebel faction, which recently captured a town in Darfur, denounced Sudan's new coalition government on Thursday as exclusionary, adding only war would bring fair rule. (Reuters)

Canada

Jailed Al Qaeda Affiliate on Hunger Strike Goes to Hospital

An Egyptian Islamist jailed in Canada for his involvement with Osama bin Laden was taken to hospital on Tuesday after his hunger strike entered its 67th day. (Asharq al Awsat)

LEGAL DEVELOPMENTS

Spain

Court Set To Rule in Europe's Biggest Al Qaeda Trial

Spain's High Court is due to deliver its verdicts on Monday on 24 people accused of al Qaeda membership, including three who face more than 70,000 years in jail each if convicted of helping the September 11 hijackers. (Reuters)

IRAQ NEWS

British Troops Reduce Presence in Basra

British Troops Reduce Presence in Basra Following Anger From Governor Over Rescue Operation. (AP)

Basra Governor Demands UK Apology

Basra's governor says he will not work with Britain until there is an apology over the freeing of UK soldiers. (BBC)

G.I.'s Role in Detainee Abuse Is Starkly Contrasted at Retrial

The lawyer for Pfc. Lynndie R. England appealed to the jury to look beyond the dozens of photographs made public since the abuse at Abu Ghraib prison came to light. (NY Times)

ANALYSIS & OPINION

Rich Men Bearing Gifts

When one of Britain's wealthiest men and a former US president join forces to announce a new plan to tackle poverty in Africa, beware. (The Times of London)

Viewpoint: Is the US Overlooking the Plight of Katrina's Hispanic Victims?

The post-Katrina debate taking place everywhere from Congress to the family dinner table - about what went wrong and who is to blame, has included again and again one word: racism. (BBC)

The Afghan Difference

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