Bush Visits Pakistan, Al Qaeda's Home Territory

Pentagon Agency's Contracts Reviewed

Federal investigators are looking into contracts awarded by the Pentagon's newest and fastest-growing intelligence agency, the Counterintelligence Field Activity, which has spent more than $1 billion, mostly for outsourced services, since its establishment in late 2002, according to administration and congressional sources. (Washington Post)


Soviets 'Ordered Pope Shooting'

An Italian parliamentary commission has concluded that the former Soviet Union was behind the 1981 assassination attempt on the late Pope John Paul II. (BBC)


Many former Muslim insurgents jailed in Algeria during the 1990s were apparently pardoned today, after the recent government ban on media discussion of the Algerian civil war during that period. Angering France with the closure of French-language schools, Algeria seemed to join their Libyan neighbors in an anti-colonial backlash. Libyan leader Muammar Qadhafi claimed yesterday that Libyans hatred for Italians was behind the destruction last month of Italy's consulate in Benghazi.

Algeria Closes 42 French Schools

A decision by Algeria to close 42 French-language schools because they failed to obey a law requiring them to teach mainly in Arabic has met an angry response in France. (London Times)

Algerian Amnesty Takes Effect

Algeria will pardon or reduce sentences for more than 2000 convicted or suspected Muslim fighters, the Justice Ministry has said, moving ahead with a government effort to turn the page on a brutal insurgency. (AP)

Tunisia: We Hold No Political Prisoners

Tunisia has expressed regret that the US State Department seemed to be giving credence to claims by human-rights groups that the North African country holds political prisoners. (AP)

Qadhafi: Hatred for Italy Caused Riot

Libyan leader Muammar al-Qadhafi has said rioters who sacked the Italian consulate in Benghazi two weeks ago had wanted to kill the consul because Libyans hate Italians. (Al Jazeera)


U.K. Police Find Millions in Warehouse

Police Investigating Britain's Largest Robbery Discover Millions in London Warehouse. (AP)


At Least 25 Said Killed In Attack On Iraq Town

Gunmen raided a small town near Baghdad and shot dead at least 25 people in what police said on Friday was a sectarian attack by Sunnis on Shi'ites, latest in a string of killings since a Shi'ite shrine was bombed last week. (Reuters)

Ten Shiites Slaughtered at Iraq Factory

At Least 19 People Dead in Night of Carnage in Iraq; 10 Shiites Killed in Their Sleep at Factory. (AP)


In Iran: British Philosopher Versus Germen Philosopher

In the late 1970s as clouds of revolution gathered in Iranian skies, the state-owned television decided to provide a space in which rival ideas, simmering beneath the surface, could be expressed, albeit in a limited context. (Asharq al Awsat)

2 German Roles: Opposing War and Aiding U.S.

Did the German government lie? Was it talking out of both sides of its mouth? Did it betray a moral trust by giving the United States cooperation in the Iraq war, as a steady drumbeat of news disclosures - some accepted by the government, some vehemently denied - have been saying? (NY Times)

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