Report: 80 Flights by CIA-Owned Planes in UK

INVESTIGATIONS

CIA Planes

Twist to Terror Suspects Row As Logs Show 80 CIA Planes Visited UK

It has emerged that more than 300 flights operated by the CIA had landed at European airports. (The Guardian)

E.U. Seeks Details on Secret CIA Jails

The European Union cited possible "violations of international law" by the United States in requesting that the Bush administration clarify media reports and "allay parliamentary and public concerns" about secret CIA prisons and the transporting of al Qaeda suspects in Europe, according to a letter from British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. (Washington Post)

Pakistan

Five Militants Die in Pakistan Blast

Five militants, three of them Uzbeks, were killed in Pakistan's tribal belt on the Afghan border on Thursday when a blast destroyed the house they were staying in, a government official said. (Reuters)

U.K.

UK Embassy Lied Over Fate of Timor Journalists

British diplomats in Jakarta lied about their knowledge of Indonesia's 1975 invasion of East Timor, documents revealed. (The Guardian)

U.S.

Report on FBI Tool Is Disputed

Justice Department calls recent Post report on the FBI's expanded power to collect the private records of ordinary Americans misleading and inaccurate. (Washington Post)

Lebanon

Hariri Suspect Rushed To Hospital

A key Lebanese suspect in the murder of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri has been taken to hospital with heart trouble, his lawyer says. (BBC)

LEGAL DEVELOPMENTS

U.K.

Police Warn Against Proposed Anti-Terror Powers

Police chiefs warn that closing down mosques suspected of encouraging extremism could be counter-productive. (The Guardian)

IRAQ NEWS

Rebels Briefly Control Central Ramadi in Presence of Marines

About 250 armed rebels briefly took over the center of the city despite the presence of thousands of U.S. and Iraqi troops and Marines. (Washington Post)

Militiaman Denies Tie To Secret Iraq Prison

Leader of Badr Group Says U.S. Knew of Site. (Washington Post)

Kurdish Oil Deal Shocks Iraq's Political Leaders

'This is unprecedented,' one official says after a Norwegian firm begins drilling in the north. (LA Times)

'Resistance' Ready to Launch Campaign Against Al Zarqawi's Followers

"Resistance sources" told al Hayat newspaper they were preparing for a campaign against al Zarqawi and members of his group in revenge for the killing of two prominent religious and political figures in Iraq. Al Qaeda in Iraq has been blamed for the recent assassinations of Hamza Abbas Issawi and Iyad al Ezzi. Information obtained by al Hayat indicated that "the resistance" is receiving support from the tribes and parties in the Sunni areas to protect the cities from the militant groups and put a limit to their attacks. (Al Hayat)

U.S. Is Said to Pay to Plant Articles in Iraq Papers

A covert campaign is under way to plant paid propaganda in the Iraqi news media and pay Iraqi journalists monthly stipends. (NY Times)

ANALYSIS & OPINION

An Offering of Detail but No New Substance

Bush speech on Iraq strategy aims to reshape argument against critics who have been gaining traction with calls to withdraw U.S. troops. (Washington Post)

For Once, President and His Generals See the Same War

For anyone who has spent time in the field with U.S. officers here, President Bush's speech was a watershed. (NY Times)

Changing Tone

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