Video Shows Kidnapped Fox News Journalists

GAZA

Video of Kidnapped Journalists Released

A previously unknown Palestinian group released video Wednesday of two kidnapped Fox News journalists and demanded that Muslim prisoners in U.S. jails be released within 72 hours in exchange for the men, a Palestinian news agency reported. (AP)

NETHERLANDS FLIGHT

Dutch F-16s Escort Plane Back to Airport

Dutch F-16s escorted a Northwest Airlines flight bound for India back to Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport on Wednesday after the crew reported some passengers were behaving suspiciously, authorities said. (AP)

IRAN NUCLEAR STANDOFF

Talks Urged on Iran Nuclear Issue

China and Russia say only talks will solve the crisis over Iran's nuclear work, after Tehran offers negotiations. (BBC)

AMNESTY REPORT

Amnesty Report Accuses Israel of War Crimes

Strikes deliberately targeted civilian infrastructure during conflict in Lebanon, Amnesty International report says. (The Guardian)

IRAQ NEWS

Suicide Bomber Attacks Police HQ in Iraq

A suicide bomber blew himself up Wednesday outside a police headquarters in northern Iraq, killing at least one person, while British officials said a barrage of mortars hit one of their bases in the south. (AP)

AFGHANISTAN

Airstrikes Kill 11 Taliban Fighters

NATO warplanes killed at least 11 Taliban fighters in Afghanistan's violence-wracked south just hours after militant attacks left one NATO soldier dead and five others wounded, the alliance said Wednesday. (AP)

U.S.

Inactive U.S. Marines Face Call-Up

The US Marine Corps says it has been authorized by President Bush to recall thousands of inactive reservists to serve in Iraq and Afghanistan. (BBC)

THE LONDON PLOT

Police Seek To Extend Terror-Plot Questioning

Police will today ask for more time to question most of the 11 suspects still in custody over the alleged biggest terrorism plot in British history. (The Guardian)

INDONESIA

Death Row Bali Bomber Planned Attack Online: Police

A man on death row for the 2002 Bali bombings communicated with Islamic militants on the Internet while in prison to organize another deadly attack on the Indonesian resort island last year, police said on Wednesday. (Reuters)

AUSTRAILIA

Architect Jailed For 20 Years for Sydney Terror Plot

A Pakistan-born Australian architect was jailed for 20 years on Wednesday for planning bomb attacks in Sydney. (Reuters)

BIN LADEN

CNN Special: In the Footsteps of Bin Laden

A two-hour special program. Tonight 9 pm EST. (CNN)

ANALYSIS & OPINION

Report:Iran, Its Neighbours and The Regional Crises

By Robert Lowe and Claire Spencer

This major new report by Chatham House seeks to shed light on what the regional crises – the Iranian nuclear dispute, the instability of Iraq, the Israel–Hizbullah conflict and the deteriorating situation in the West Bank and Gaza – illustrate about Iran's relations with its neighbours. (Chatham House)

U.S. Made an Offer Iran Can Only Refuse

By Gareth Porter

Even before Iran gave its formal counter-offer to the permanent-five-plus-one countries (the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Russia and China plus Germany) on Tuesday, the administration of US George W Bush had already begun the process of organizing sanctions against Iran. (Asia Times)

A Cause Without Effects

By Robert Tait

With the world's eyes on Iran's nuclear ambitions, the deteriorating human rights situation in the country is being forgotten. (The Guardian)

Al Jazeera's Tricky Balancing Act

By David Ignatius

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