Al Qaeda in Indonesia, UK and West Bank

AL QAEDA

New JI Leader 'Has Al-Qaeda Link'

A young Indonesian with close links to al-Qaeda is thought to be the new head of the Jemaah Islamiah (JI) militant group, a senior policeman says. (BBC)

Suspect 'Had Nuclear Bomb Plan'

A member of a UK group with alleged links to al-Qaeda was involved in a plot to buy an atomic bomb, a jury at the Old Bailey has been told. (BBC)

Palestinians 'In Al-Qaeda Plot'

An Israeli military tribunal has charged two West Bank Palestinians with plotting bomb attacks for al-Qaeda. (BBC)

IRAQ PR INQUIRY

No Breach Seen in Work in Iraq on Propaganda

An inquiry has found that an American public relations firm did not violate military policy by paying Iraqi news outlets to print positive articles, military officials said Tuesday. (NY Times)

IRAQ NEWS

Insurgents Captured in New Assault on Iraqi Police Station

Four police officers were killed today and more than 50 suspected insurgents captured in the second large-scale assault on a police station in two days, Interior Ministry officials said. (NY Times)

Bush Says U.S. Troops Will Stay in Iraq Past '08

President Bush acknowledged yesterday that the war in Iraq is dominating nearly every aspect of his presidency, and he served notice for the first time that he expects the decision on when all U.S. troops come home to fall on his successors. (Washington Post)

Analysis: Putting Cards on the Table in Iraq

The Iranians were hurling defiance in every direction on the compass. U.S. President George W. Bush seemed to be politically on the ropes, unable to control his own party. And then seemingly out of nowhere, the Iranians offered to hold talks with the Americans on Iraq, and only Iraq. (Strategic Forecasting)

Investigation: Iraqi Diplomat Gave U.S. Prewar WMD Details

Saddam's foreign minister told CIA the truth, so why didn't agency listen? (NBC News)

SPAIN BASQUE REGION

Basque Separatists Declare Ceasefire

Basque separatist group ETA on Wednesday declared a permanent ceasefire in its struggle for independence from Spain with effect from Friday, Basque newspaper Gara said on its Web site. (Reuters)

LEGAL DEVELOPMENTS

Afghanistan

Afghan Convert May Be Unfit to Stand Trial

Officials: Afghan Man Who Converted to Christianity May Be Mentally Unfit to Stand Trial (AP)

Spain

Spain Charges 32 Over Terror Plot

A Spanish judge has charged 32 suspected Islamic militants over an alleged plot to blow up the National Court in Madrid. (BBC)

Hariri

International Court For Al-Hariri Trial

Kofi Annan wants a mixed Lebanese and international court to be set up to prosecute those accused of assassinating Lebanon's former prime minister. (AP)

Moussaoui

Supervisor: I Never Read Moussaoui Memo

FBI Headquarters Supervisor Says He Was Largely Unaware of Moussaoui Case Before 9/11 (AP)

Turkey

Turkey Bomb 'Linchpin' On Trial

A key Syrian suspect accused of helping mastermind a series of deadly al-Qaeda attacks has gone on trial in Turkey. (BBC)

Abu Ghraib

Army Dog Handler Is Convicted in Detainee Abuse at Abu Ghraib

An Army dog handler was found guilty Tuesday of tormenting detainees at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq with his snarling Belgian shepherd for his own amusement. (NY Times)

Congo

DR Congo Rebel In Landmark Trial

The leader of a Democratic Republic of Congo militia has become the first war crimes suspect to face charges at the International Criminal Court. (BBC)

Pakistan

Shrine Bombers Sentenced To Death

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