U.S. Businessman Allegedly Bribed Officials in Iraq

IRAQ NEWS

U.S. Businessman Allegedly Bribed Officials in Iraq

An American businessman has been charged with bribing officials with the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq in exchange for reconstruction contracts, ABC News has learned. (ABC News)

Iraq Plays Down Claims of Abuse

Iraq's interior minister says claims of prisoner abuse are exaggerated, and the problem is not widespread. (BBC)

Case Study: Captives' Testimony (The Guardian)

Pentagon Justifying Incendiary Arms Use

The Pentagon acknowledged Wednesday that it used incendiary white phosphorus munitions in an offensive against insurgents in Falluja, Iraq, last year and defended their use as legal, amid concerns by arms control advocates. (NY Times)

Saddam 'Punched By Court Clerks'

Saddam Hussein was attacked by two court clerks while undergoing questioning for his trial, Iraqi television has reported. (BBC)

INVESTIGATIONS

Jordan Investigation

Authorities Looking for Iraqi Suspects

Jordanian authorities are looking for a number Iraqis who may have been connected to the Amman suicide bombers, informed sources told Asharq al Awsat. Authorities are also looking for six cars and the driver of a white car that they already have. The driver is an Iraqi who had rented the apartment for one of the attackers, Ali Al Shemari, and his wife, the failed suicide bomber who appeared on Jordanian TV last weekend. The sources also said that based on the preliminary investigation, Jordanian authorities believe the explosive belts may have been made inside the country. (Asharq al Awsat)

Avian Flu

Indonesia Confirms Two New Bird Flu Deaths, China Confirms First Human Cases

Indonesia on Thursday confirmed bird flu has killed two more people, a day after China reported its first human cases, including at least one death - both menacing signs that the virus is spreading faster as the winter flu months near. (AP)

U.S.

New Disclosure Could Prolong Inquiry on Leak

Bob Woodward has set off a frantic new round of guessing about who that source might be and a wave of public denials. (NY Times)

Nixon Ordered Cambodia Cover-Up

Richard Nixon told top aides involved in Vietnam to lie to the public about US operations in neighbouring Cambodia, files released in Washington show. (BBC)

Stolen Art: FBI's Most Wanted

You Can Help Crack Top 10 Criminal Art Theft Cases. (ABC News)

U.K.

New Islamist Group to Launch This Week in London

The founding of a new militant Islamist group will be announced at a press conference in Walthamstow, East London on Friday. (Asharq al Awsat)

Afghanistan

US Strike Kills 3 Al Qaeda Fighters: Afghan Governor

A U.S. air strike killed three militants, described as al Qaeda fighters, during an air and ground operation in eastern Afghanistan, an Afghan provincial governor said on Thursday. (Reuters)

Indonesia

Masked Militant on Indonesia Video Threatens West

A masked man believed to be one of Asia's most wanted militants has warned Western countries, especially Australia, of more attacks in a video found last week by Indonesian anti-terrorist police. (Reuters)

LEGAL DEVELOPMENTS

U.S.

Congress Arrives at a Deal on Patriot Act

Limits Would Spare Some Controversial Government Powers. (Washington Post)

Morocco

Trial of Moroccan Terrorists Back on Track

The trial of 13 suspected members of the Moroccan Islamic Combatant Group resumed on Wednesday after it was suspended earlier this month because of language difficulties. (Asharq al Awsat)

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