Deadly Attacks on Baghdad Journalists' Hotel


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)


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. (


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 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)


FBI Papers Indicate Intelligence Violations

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


'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)


Behind Gold's Glitter: Torn Lands and Pointed Questions

Much of the gold left to be mined is microscopic and is being wrung from the earth at enormous environmental cost. (NY Times)

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Most-Wanted List Terrorist Arrested

Saudi authorities captured one of 36 most-wanted terrorists suspected of involvement in bombing attacks that rocked the kingdom. (Washington Times)


Al Qaeda Turns Jihad into War by Media

To gain Muslim support, Bin Laden's outfit is fighting a multimedia battle, says Fawaz Gerges. (The Independent)

Lahoud, Resign, and Leave the Lebanese in Peace

From the first minutes after the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, the prevailing suspicion among the Lebanese was that the Syrian regime had a hand in the murder. (The Daily Star)

Assuming Innocence Still Stands

The international report into the assassination of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri should be accepted as is, along with the attempt by the US and France to politicize the report against Syria. (Al Hayat)

Prepare For the Worst

As the world prepares to combat a potential flu pandemic that could kill millions, it will be every country for itself. (International Herald Tribune)

Trauma of Quake's Shattered Children

Their lives were ripped apart in seconds, their families were lost, their bodies still endure torment. Now new dangers lurk. (The Observer)

The Washington Secret Often Isn't

What began as a narrow case on a specific leak, many fear, has morphed into a broader threat to the way business is done in Washington. (NY Times)

An Oil-Rich Test for Bush

In the past two weeks the Bush administration has launched a concerted attempt to translate its pro-democracy rhetoric into action in two little-known Eurasian countries whose importance is about to soar. (Washington Post)

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