Foiled London Plot: 11 Charged

THE LONDON PLOT

Eleven Charged Over 'Bomb Plot'

Eleven people have been charged in connection with an alleged plot to blow up several transatlantic airliners. (BBC)

A Terrorist's Network

Rashid Rauf, the 25-year-old Pakistani-born, British-raised baker's son fingered as the central figure in the foiled plot to bomb U.S.-bound flights from London, has been described as friendly and ordinary. But Pakistani security officials familiar with Rauf's interrogation tell TIME that the plan's real mastermind may be anything but--the man who gave Rauf his marching orders is believed to be a senior al-Qaeda operative who may be a top aide to the terrorist group's No. 2, Ayman al-Zawahiri. (Times Magazine)

Rauf Confessed Qaeda Link, Claims Sherpao

Rashid Rauf, a key accused in the alleged plot to blow up US-bound passenger airliners from Britain, has confessed to association with Al Qaeda, Interior Minister Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao told journalists at a local hotel on Sunday. (Daily Times)

'Son-in-Law of Zawahiri Was Mastermind'

A son-in-law of Al Qaeda No 2 Dr Ayman Al-Zawahiri is believed to be the mastermind of the plot to blow up transatlantic flights and he met one or some of the plotters at a place close to the Pakistan-Afghan border, credible sources told Dawn. (Dawn)

GERMAN TERROR PLOT

Terror Suspect Held Over Train Bombs

A judge yesterday ordered a Lebanese student suspected of planting one of two bombs that failed to explode on German trains to be remanded in custody pending possible terrorism charges. (AP)

AL HADITHA INVESTIGATION

Officer Called Haditha Routine

The Marine officer who commanded the battalion involved in the Haditha killings last November did not consider the deaths of 24 Iraqis, many of them women and children, unusual and did not initiate an inquiry, according to a sworn statement he gave to military investigators in March. (Washington Post)

MIDEAST/U.K.

'British' Military Equipment Found in Lebanon

The Foreign Office today confirmed it was investigating claims that British military equipment sent to Iran in the fight against international drug smuggling had ended up in the hands of Hizbullah fighters in Lebanon. (Guardian Unlimited)

U.S.

Cold War Missiles Target of Blackout

The Bush administration has begun designating as secret some information that the government long provided even to its enemy the former Soviet Union: the numbers of strategic weapons in the U.S. nuclear arsenal during the Cold War. (Washington Post)

Special Counsel Orders an Investigation of the Federal Air Marshal Service

The U.S. Office of Special Counsel has ordered the Secretary of Homeland Security to investigate the Federal Air Marshal Service based on a whistleblower's allegations. (ABC News)

IRAQ NEWS

20 Dead, 300 Hurt as Iraqi Militias do Battle During Shiite Holiday

At least 20 people died and 300 were wounded in Baghdad on Sunday after insurgents, including roof-top snipers, ambushed pilgrims gathering in their hundreds of thousands for a sacred Shiite festival. "Most of the attacks are taking place when pilgrims are crossing the neighboring areas into Kadhemiyya," a Health Ministry spokesman said, referring to the northern suburb where the shrine of Imam Moussa al-Kadhem is located. (Daily Star)

Three U.S. Troops Killed in Iraq

Three members of a U.S. Marine unit were killed in action in western Iraq on Sunday, the U.S. military said in a statement. (Reuters)

Defiant Saddam Refuses to Enter a Plea

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