U.S. Says al Qaeda in Iraq Not Dead

AFGHANISTAN

Afghans Arrest 'Suicide Bombers'

Afghan officials say they have arrested 17 people who had been trained in Pakistan to carry out suicide attacks. (BBC)

Coalition Transfers Afghan Command to NATO

NATO assumed command of foreign forces in eastern Afghanistan Thursday, taking over from a U.S.-led coalition that toppled the Taliban regime five years ago and completing its expansion across the country. (AFP)

PAKISTAN

Explosion in 'Pindi Park Causes Panic

A major blast in the city's biggest public park, in close proximity to President Gen Pervez Musharraf's official residence, sent a wave of panic and fear across the country on Wednesday night. (Dawn)

Corrupt Officials Fleecing Quake Survivors: Oxfam

About 1.8 million survivors of last year's earthquake will be forced to spend another difficult winter in transitional shelters because of patchy progress of recovery and slow construction of housing and infrastructure, aid agency Oxfam said in a report released on Wednesday. (Dawn)

MEXICO

Mexico Police 'Hushed Up Rapes'

Mexico's police covered up the rape and abuse of demonstrators at a land rights protest in May, Amnesty International has said. (BBC)

INDIA

India Worst in Index of Bribes Paid Abroad

India has been ranked as the worst performer by Transparency International on its global Bribe Payers Index, which is based on the propensity of companies from the world's 30 leading exporting countries in bribing abroad. (The Asian Age)

SOUTH AFRICA

Students Draw Attention to Race Classification

About 11 white students painted their faces black in a bid to be classified as Africans at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Thursday. (Mail and Guardian)

ANALYSIS & OPINION

Why Rice is Adverse to Enter the Red Zone?

By David Ignatius

US secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is in the Middle East this week, trying to bolster America's allies to confront an enemies list that includes Iran, Syria, Hezbollah, Hamas and the all-party anarchy in Iraq. (Dawn)

The North Korea Nuclear Puzzle

The world tries to figure out what to do about the hermit kingdom without knowing what it's up to. (LA Times)

North Korea's Nuclear Threat

Is North Korea bluffing? (The International Herald Tribune)

Attacking and Defending Annan

By Jihad el-Khazen

In the United Nations, I laughed with the UN delegates when Hugo Chavez described George Bush as a devil while smelling sulfur on the podium. I was also impressed by the boldness of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad when he attacked the US administration and Israel on their own ground. (Al Hayat)

The Assyrians: Ignored Among Fears of an Iraqi Civil War

By Charles Tannock

The world is consumed by fears that Iraq is degenerating into a civil war between Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds. But in this looming war of all against all, it is Iraq's small community of Assyrian Christians that is at risk of annihilation. (The Daily Star)

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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