Deadly Attacks on Baghdad Journalists' Hotel

IRAQ NEWS

Journalists' Hotel in Baghdad Attacked

Three car bombs hit the Palestine Hotel, causing considerable damage to the building that houses many foreign journalists. (AP)

Insurgents Step Up Lethal Attacks in Iraq

Stepped-up attacks by insurgents over the last two days have killed at least 44 Iraqis, including 12 laborers - five of them brothers - who were gunned down at a construction site, police said Monday. (AP)

Lawyer's Killing Prompts Call For Boycott of Saddam's Trial

Iraq's bar association urges lawyers to stop working with court trying Saddam until defence team member's murder is solved. (The Guardian)

U.S.: Zarqawi's Connections Grow Globally

U.S. intelligence officials say Abu Musab al-Zarqawi has expanded his terrorism campaign in Iraq to extremists in two dozen terror groups scattered across almost 40 countries, creating a network that rivals Osama bin Laden's. (AP)

INVESTIGATIONS

Al Hariri Investigation

New Wave of Arrests in Lebanon after U.N. Report

As Lebanon and the world prepare themselves for UN Chief Investigator Detlev Mehlis' briefing to the United Nations Security Council Tuesday on his controversial report on the assassination of former Premier Rafik Hariri, a new wave of related arrests has been carried out. (The Daily Star)

Pressure Builds on Syrian Regime

Another UN report this week could further push for sanctions. (Christian Science Monitor)

Son of Slain Lebanese Seeks Special Tribunal

Saad Hariri's call came as the U.S. and Britain stepped up a campaign to place international sanctions on Syria. (NY Times)

From the Blogs: Syria is Being Set Up to Fail: A Leaked Letter from Washington

Here is a most extraordinary letter from Syria's Ambassador in Washington Imad Mustapha to Congresswoman Sue Kelly...It explains how the American Administration has been stonewalling Syrian cooperation on a host of issues. (SyriaComment.com)

U.K.

Homes Searched Following Arrest in Bombings Inquiry

Detectives were searching two addresses in Dewsbury last night after arresting a 27-year-old man in connection with the July 7 terror attacks on London. (The Yorkshire Post)

China

China Warns HIV Cases Could Exceed 10 Million by 2010

China, once accused of being slow to acknowledge the threat of AIDS, could have as many as 10 million HIV carriers in five years if no effective preventive measures are taken, state media said on Monday, echoing a grim UN warning. (Reuters)

U.S.

FBI Papers Indicate Intelligence Violations

Declassified documents show clandestine surveillance of U.S. residents has been conducted without proper paperwork. (Washington Post)

Bosnia-Herzegovina

'Suicide Bombers' Held in Bosnia

Security has been stepped up at embassies and foreign agencies in Bosnia following the arrest of two men accused of planning a suicide attack. (BBC)

South-Asia Earthquake

Pain and Fear in the Haven for the Lucky

Relief workers say time is running out. (The Guardian)

Zawahri Urges Aid for Quake Victims

Al Qaeda's second in command, Ayman al-Zawahri, urged Muslims in a video broadcast on Sunday to help Pakistan's earthquake victims even though its government was an "agent" of the US. (Reuters)

Bird Flu

Scores of Birds Drop Dead in Iran

Scores of migrating birds are dropping dead in Iran's northwest on a daily basis, a report said Sunday, raising concerns the Islamic Republic could soon join the list of countries with cases of bird flu. (The Daily Star)

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