U.S. Investigating Killing of 11 Iraqi Civilians in Iraq

IRAQ NEWS

U.S. Probes New Iraq Massacre Claim

The US military has told the BBC it is investigating an incident in which 11 Iraqi civilians may have been deliberately killed by US troops. (BBC)

Marines to Face Charges in Iraqi's Death

Seven Marines and a Navy corpsman could face murder, kidnapping and conspiracy charges as early as Friday in the shooting death of an Iraqi man, a defense attorney said. (AP)

Iraq to Ask U.S. to Hand over Haditha File

The Iraqi government will ask the United States for the investigative files into allegations that U.S. Marines killed Iraqi civilians in Haditha last year, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said on Friday. (Reuters)

Investigators of Haditha Shootings Look to Exhume Bodies

Criminal investigators are hoping to exhume the bodies of several Iraqi civilians allegedly gunned down by a group of U.S. Marines last year in the city of Haditha, aiming to recover potentially important forensic evidence, according to defense officials familiar with the investigation. (Washington Post)

Uprooted Iraqis Add to Woes of War-Torn Land

Authorities say the more than 100,000 people who fled sectarian strife are straining resources. U.S. officials dispute the extent of the problem. (LA Times)

Iraqi PM to Fill Key Posts; Blast Kills 5

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has announced he will fill vacancies at the crucial defense and interior ministries over the weekend, despite failing to reach an agreement on candidates with Iraq's fractious ethnic and sectarian parties. (AP)

Zarqawi Tape Rails Against Shia

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, al Qaeda's leader in Iraq, has called on fellow Sunnis to reject any reconciliation with Shia, according to an audio tape posted on the internet. (Reuters)

SYRIA

Syrian Forces Kill Four Militants in Damascus

Four gunmen and one guard were killed when Syrian security forces stopped a "terrorist" attack on Friday that targeted a building behind the premises of the state-run television, the official SANA news agency reported. (Reuters)

U.K.

Man Shot in Anti-Terrorism Raid

A man has been shot by police during a raid involving 250 officers carried out under the Terrorism Act. (BBC)

IRAN/U.S.

Iran Rebuffs U.S. Demand on Enrichment

Iranian Foreign Minister Welcomes Direct Talks With U.S., but Rebuffs Demand to Halt Enrichment. (AP)

GUANTANAMO HUNGER STRIKE

Hunger Strike at Guantanamo Prison Grows to 89 Inmates

Six of the detainees are being force-fed, says a Navy officer, and all are being monitored. (AP)

LEGAL DEVELOPMENTS

In Final Trial, G.I. is Acquitted of Abusing Jailed Afghans

In a last, sharp rebuke to Army prosecutors who had charged more than a dozen soldiers with abusing prisoners at a secret military jail in Afghanistan, a military jury on Thursday acquitted a former Army interrogator of beating and sexually humiliating a man accused as a terrorist. (NY Times)

GERMANY - RENDITION

German Spy Agency Admits Mishandling Abduction Case

Germany's external intelligence service said it knew about the American seizure and detention of a German citizen before the country was officially informed. (NY Times)

DARFUR UPDATE

Darfur Rebels Reject Deal

Two rebel factions from Darfur refused to sign a peace deal on Thursday, breaking a deadline set by the African Union to end the deadly three-year conflict. (Reuters)

U.S.

Army Builders Accept Blame over Flooding

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