Hezbollah Claims Arsenal Undiminished

ISRAEL/LEBANON

Hezbollah Leader: Arsenal Undiminished

In his first public appearance since the start of his group's 34-day war with Israel, Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah said his group has more than 20,000 rockets, and that an increased U.N. peacekeeping force will not hurt its guerrillas' arsenal. Nasrallah also thanked God for what he called "a divine, historic and strategic victory" over the Jewish state. (AP)

Hezbollah Cracked the Code

By Mohamad Bazzi

Hezbollah guerrillas were able to hack into Israeli radio communications during last month's battles in south Lebanon, an intelligence breakthrough that helped them thwart Israeli tank assaults, according to Hezbollah and Lebanese officials. (Newsday)

U.S./ PAKISTAN

U.S.-Pakistan Relationship Getting Shaky

Threats of U.S. military action inside Pakistan to counter al-Qaida militants have highlighted the shaky relationship between these two key players in the war on terror and could escalate anti-American sentiments in this Islamic nation. (Washington Post)

Bush 'Taken Aback' by Musharraf Comment

President Bush President said Friday he was "taken aback" by a purported U.S. threat to bomb Pakistan back to the Stone Age if it did not cooperate in the fight against terrorism after the Sept. 11 attacks. (AP)

FOILED U.S. EMBASSY PLOT IN NORWAY

Norway Taped Plot to Blow up U.S. Embassy

Norwegian prosecutors unveiled on Friday evidence against four men detained on suspicion of plotting to blow up the U.S. and Israeli embassies and of participating in a shooting at the Oslo synagogue last weekend. (Reuters)

LONDON BOMBING

July 7 Victims Let Down, Report Says

Victims of the July 7 London bombings were let down by inadequate preparations for dealing with a terrorist attack, an official report said today. (Guardian)

THAILAND COUP

Thai Coup Leaders Close to Naming PM

Thailand's military coup leaders are close to naming a civilian prime minister and he is likely to be a lawyer able to steer political reform, not the expected economist, air force chief Chalit Phukpasuka said on Friday. (Reuters)

Thai King Backs Coup Leadership

The leaders of Thailand's military coup have been given formal royal approval, in a special televised ceremony. (BBC)

INDIA TRAIN BOMBING

Big Terror Group Behind July 11 Attacks, No Al-Qaeda Link: Cops

Amidst indications of a breakthrough in the July 11 train blasts case, police on Friday said some "big terrorist group" was behind the bombings but ruled out Al- Qaeda's involvement in the attacks that killed nearly 200 people. (Press Trust of India)

U.S.

Gun Found At Baltimore Airport Shuts 2 Terminals

A gun found in a carry-on bag at a security checkpoint at Baltimore-Washington International Airport prompted authorities to shut two terminals on Friday, a security official said. (Reuters)

CIA DETAINEE DEAL

CIA Praises Deal; Harsh Techniques Would Continue

The CIA director, General Michael Hayden, praised the deal reached in Congress today that, in effect, would permit CIA interrogators to use harsh techniques critics call torture. (ABC News)

INDONESIA

Executions of 3 Christian Militants Sparks Violence in Indonesia

Indonesia Christian mobs freed hundreds of prisoners, torched cars, and looted Muslim-owned shops across eastern Indonesia after three Roman Catholics were executed early Friday for a 2000 attack that killed 70 Muslims, witnesses and officials said. (AP)

IRAQ NEWS

Civilian Deaths Soar to Record High in Iraq

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