Mideast Crisis: Israel Widens Ground Offensive

The British government unveiled its modified terrorism alert system Aug. 1, switching from a seven-level system to one with five levels. The new system debuted at the second-highest level, or "severe," indicating an attack is likely. This system is similar to one used in the United States -- with dubious success -- since 2002. (Stratfor)

SRI LANKA

Fierce Fighting Rages in Eastern Sri Lanka

Government jets bombed rebel positions Tuesday during a fierce battle over an irrigation canal in eastern Sri Lanka, while the rebels fired artillery rounds at a naval base (AFP)

NORTH KOREA

N And S Korean Guards Trade Fire

North and South Korean troops have exchanged gunfire along the border between the two countries, for the first time since October. (BBC)

WORLD HEALTH

A Scramble in India to Limit Polio

The head of the World Health Organization's polio eradication team has warned that India could reinfect the rest of the world with polio if a new outbreak of the disease is not rapidly brought under control. (International Herald Tribune)

ANALYSIS & OPINION

Can Iraq be Fixed?

By Kevin Whitelaw and Anna Mulrine

Politicians dance around this question, but here's the reality: It will take U.S. troops years of work, and success is hardly a sure bet. (U.S. News)

The Insider Daily Investigative Report (DIR) is a summary of major news articles and broadcasts relating to investigative news, including international terrorism and developments in Iraq. The DIR is edited daily from foreign and U.S. sources by Chris Isham, Hoda Osman and Elizabeth Sprague of the ABC News Investigative Unit. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of ABCNEWS.

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