Ex-Pres Announces News: Iran Has Enriched Uranium

IRAN NEWS?

Iran Has Enriched Uranium for First Time

Ex-Iranian President Says Country Has Enriched Uranium for the First Time; Part of Nuclear Process (AP)

Iran Expects Atomic News Tuesday Night

Iranians will hear "good news" on their country's atomic program on Tuesday night, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying by the official IRNA news agency. (Reuters)

Europe Proposes Limited Sanctions To Halt Tehran's Nuclear Ambitions

The European Union's foreign policy chief, Javier Solana, yesterday recommended limited sanctions against Iran, including visa bans on key figures, if Tehran continues to defy the United Nations over its disputed nuclear programme. (The Guardian)

PAKISTAN EXPLOSION

Karachi Park Explosion 'Kills 40'

At least 40 people have been killed in a bomb blast at a huge gathering to mark the Prophet Muhammad's birthday in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi. (BBC)

LEGAL DEVELOPMENTS

MADRID BOMBINGS

29 Charged in Madrid Train Bombings

A Spanish judge on Tuesday charged 29 people for their roles in the deadly 2004 Madrid train bombings, paving the way for one of Europe's biggest terrorism trials. (Reuters)

ITALIAN MAFIA

Italy Arrests Mafia Leader

Bernardo Provenzano, the undisputed chief of the Sicilian Mafia who had been on the run for more than four decades, was arrested while hiding in a farmhouse near Corleone in Sicily on Tuesday, officials said. (Reuters)

AIPAC LOBBYISTS

Lobbyists' Prosecutors Pointing to Spy Case

Precedent Set In 1940s, They Say (Washington Post)

GERMANY

Germany May Probe Rwanda Suspect

German prosecutors are considering whether to open an investigation into the alleged leader of a Rwandan rebel group, who was arrested last week. (BBC)

IRAQ NEWS

Al-Qaeda Arranges Most Suicide Blasts In Iraq, U.S. Says

More than 90 percent of the suicide attacks in Iraq are carried out by fighters recruited, trained and equipped by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq, a U.S. military spokesman said Monday. (NY Times)

Iraqi Shia Undecided On PM's Fate

Shia leaders have failed to decide on Iraq's next prime minister after Sunni and Kurdish parties rejected proposals to drop their opposition to Ibrahim al-Jaafari, the interim prime minister and Shia nominee. (Al Jazeera)

Private Guards Detained In Iraq

Iraqi police have detained 31 private security guards in a raid the interior ministry said had netted sophisticated weaponry that was meant to be used for attacks. (AFP)

Analysis: Geopolitical Diary: Exploiting Sectarian Fault Lines

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said over the weekend that civil war "has almost started" in Iraq and warned against a U.S. withdrawal. (StratFor)

Analysis: More Dangerous than the Fall of Baghdad

Who fell on that day? Saddam Hussein, or Baghdad? The Iraqi regime, or Iraq? Civil strife is a weapon of mass destruction of Iraq and the region as well. What Iraqis are doing to Iraqis these days is more frightening than the scene of the fall of Baghdad. (Al Hayat)

Analysis: Al-Qaeda in Iraq: Has al-Zawahiri Reined in al-Zarqawi?

Media reports during the past week have announced that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi-al-Qaeda's chief in Iraq-has been "replaced" or "demoted" from the leadership of Iraq's Sunni resistance coalition (Jamestown.org)

U.N. SYRIA REPORT

U.N. Finds That 25% of Married Syrian Women Have Been Beaten

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