Exclusive ABC Interviews with Presidents Bush, Musharraf As Pakistan-Afghan Border Region Sees Conflict

Ukraine's Security Service said Wednesday that 10 Uzbek asylum seekers deported recently were members of an al Qaeda linked terror group, a claim that appeared aimed at blunting international criticism over the refugees' forceful return. (AP)

LEGAL DEVELOPMENTS

Terror Jury Hears Informer's Urging

An FBI informer was heard repeatedly encouraging a terrorism suspect to attend an al-Qaeda training camp in secretly recorded conversations read to jurors Tuesday. The conversations raised questions about whether Hamid Hayat, 23, intended to train as a terrorist and return to the United States to carry out attacks, as federal prosecutors claim. (AP)

Lawsuit Alleges Illegal Wiretaps by NSA

Civil rights attorneys have sued the National Security Agency, claiming it illegally wiretapped conversations between the leaders of an Islamic charity that had been accused of aiding Muslim militants and two of its lawyers. (AP)

IRAQ: VIOLENCE CONTINUES, SADDAM TRIAL RESUMES

Baghdad Bombs Kill 60

A surge of bombings in Baghdad on Tuesday killed at least 60 people amid persistent sectarian clashes stirred by last week's attack on a major Shiite shrine. (Chicago Tribune)

Interim Government Knew of Security Infiltrations at Samarra Shrine Before Bombing

The Iraqi interim government knew about infiltrations of the security team protecting the Imam Ali al Hadi mausoleum two weeks before it was bombed, according to security reports obtained by Asharq al Awsat newspaper. The paper says secret security information issued by the state's ministry of national security affairs confirms this information. Ibrahim al Jaafari's government knew about the infiltrations but did not take any steps based on the information, according to the paper. The report says the government knew since last year of terrorists' movements in Samarra and of their intention to bomb the mausoleum. (Asharq al Awsat)

Shiites Told: Leave Home or Be Killed

Expulsion of Shiites from Sunni-dominated towns is on the rise amid rampant sectarian violence. (Washington Post)

Pressure Seen on Probes at Baghdad Morgue

Former U.N. Envoy Says 'Both Sides' Exerting Influence; Death Count in Dispute. (Washington Post)

Press Rage at Violence 'Cancer'

In the face of the "unquenchable inferno of civil war", as one commentator describes it, Iraqi newspapers blame Muslim extremists, foreign conspirators, and the US-led occupation for the recent wave of sectarian violence in the country. (BBC)

Editorial: Iraq on the Brink

Iraq's elected leaders can still save their country from civil war. They must now prove that they want to. (NY Times)

Saddam Asks: 'Where Is the Crime?'

Saddam Hussein told judges Wednesday that he ordered the trials of Shiites who eventually were executed in the 1980s and said their lands should be confiscated, but he insisted that those actions were not criminal. (AP)

Saddam Defendants Try to Dispute Papers

Defendants in Saddam Trial Try to Dispute Documents Detailing Wave of Imprisonments, Executions. (AP)

ANALYSIS & OPINION

Good Nukes, Bad Nukes

Until Iran starts to behave more like India, we should all learn to live with a nuclear policy that says yes to India and no to Iran. (Washington Post)

An Algerian Initiative in the Sahara?

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