Report: Prisoners Dying in US Custody

INVESTIGATIONS

U.S.

Report Probes US Custody Deaths

Almost 100 prisoners have died in US custody in Iraq and Afghanistan since August 2002, according to US group Human Rights First. (BBC)

Bush Played No Role in Approval of Port Deal, White House Says

President Bush was unaware of the pending sale of shipping operations at six major U.S. seaports to an Arab company. (AP)

Yet Another Agency in Charge of Domestic Intelligence?

It took me a half dozen e-mails and telephone calls over three days to just to confirm that yes, the Directorate of National Intelligence, or DNI, the new-ish uber-spooks body - has opened an office to deal with state and local law enforcement. (Congressional Quarterly)

Terror Suspect on Tape Names Targets Eyed

Hospitals, supermarkets and other large buildings in California were among the possible terrorist targets of a man charged with attending an al-Qaida training camp in Pakistan, according to a videotaped interview played for jurors Tuesday. (AP)

U.K.

Camp Delta Detainees 'Knew London Bombers'

Inmates at Guantanamo Bay who are campaigning for their release at the High Court in London had contact with the terrorist cell responsible for carrying out last July's London bombings, interrogation officials at the detention camp have disclosed. (The Daily Telegraph)

Guantanamo

U.S. Concedes to Force-Feeding Detainees

The base's commander confirmed that soldiers force-fed prisoners who were on hunger strikes to protest their incarceration. (NY Times)

Serbia and Montenegro

War Crimes Suspect Mladic Reportedly Seized

Belgrade Denies Media Accounts That Bosnian Serb Is Being Sent to The Hague. (Reuters)

Serbia Denies Top Suspect in Massacre Was Found

The Serbian government sought Tuesday to quash news reports suggesting that the leading Balkan war crimes suspect, Ratko Mladic, had been located and that his surrender was being negotiated. (NY Times)

Avian Flu

Egypt Orders Domestic Bird Cull

The Egyptian government has ordered the slaughter of all poultry kept in homes, as part of efforts to stop the spread of bird flu in the country. (BBC)

British Tradition Adapts to Bird Flu

The ravens at the Tower of London are moved indoors as a precaution against the disease. (LA Times)

Iran

Iran's Delay on Enrichment Deal Seen as Bid to Avoid Sanctions

Iran continues to parry a Russian offer to enrich uranium on Russian soil for its nuclear energy program. (Washington Post)

IRAQ NEWS

Explosion Destroys Dome of Shiite Shrine

Large Explosion in Iraq Destroys Golden Dome of Famous Shiite Shrine. (AP)

In Pictures: The Shrine Bombing
(BBC)

U.S. Still Planting Stories in Iraq Media

Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld was mistaken when he said last week that the U.S. military had stopped the controversial practice of paying to plant stories in the Iraqi news media, a Pentagon spokesman said Tuesday. (AP)

Iraq's Sadr Builds Role With Tour of Mideast

Some of Cleric's Statements Causing Unease at Home. (Washington Post)

LEGAL DEVELOPMENTS

Niger 'Coup' Trial of 70 Soldiers

Seventy soldiers have gone on trial in Niger's capital, Niamey, for their alleged role in an attempted coup three years ago. (BBC)

ANALYSIS & OPINION

The Insurgency - Can It Be Defeated?

What have we been confronting with the insurgency in Iraq over the past three years? An interview with Kalev I. Sepp, a former special forces officer and an authority on counterinsurgency wars. (PBS Frontline)

Port Hysteria

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