Seizures of "Dirty Bomb" Materials Double in 4 Years

DIRTY BOMB FEARS

Seizures Of Radioactive Materials Fuel 'Dirty Bomb' Fears

SEIZURES of smuggled radioactive material capable of making a terrorist "dirty bomb" have doubled in the past four years, according to official figures seen by The Times. (The London Times)

FOLEY SCANDAL

Three More Former Pages Accuse Foley of Online Sexual Approaches

Three more former congressional pages have come forward to reveal what they call "sexual approaches" over the Internet from former Congressman Mark Foley. (ABC News)

PAKSITAN

Nato's Top Brass Accuse Pakistan Over Taliban Aid

Commanders from five Nato countries whose troops have just fought the bloodiest battle with the Taliban in five years, are demanding their governments get tough with Pakistan over the support and sanctuary its security services provide to the Taliban. (Daily Telegraph)

UN Quake Aid Went To Extremists

Some UN relief money was channelled through charities associated with extremist jihadi groups in the wake of the 2005 Pakistan earthquake, a BBC investigation has found. (BBC)

EGYPT/U.S.

Egyptian Islamic Group leader jailed in US may be sent back to Egypt - paper

Al-Misriyun has learned from sources close to the decision-making circles [in Egypt] that a secret deal had been concluded some weeks ago between the Egyptian government and the US Administration under which Dr Umar Abd-al-Rahman, the spiritual leader of 'Jama'ah Islamiyah' [Islamic Group], will be sent back to Egypt to spend [what remains of] his lifetime imprisonment sentence on his land instead of the US prisons. This deal comes after reports were issued by US [human] rights organizations on the deterioration of the health condition of Dr Abd-al-Rahman, who is serving a life sentence in a US jail, on charges of involvement in planning to bomb the World Trade Centre in the USA in 1993. (Al-Misriyun - translted by BBC Monitoring)

GERMANY

Qaeda Leader May Have Been Held In Germany: Lawyers

New evidence has emerged that high-profile al Qaeda prisoners may have been secretly held at a U.S. base in Germany, a British legal charity representing U.S. detainees said on Friday. (Reuters)

SYRIA

Syria Says U.S. Embassy Attack Planned in S.Arabia

Last month's attack on the U.S. embassy in Damascus was planned in Saudi Arabia and the four Syrians who carried it out had no links to al Qaeda, a government investigation said on Thursday. (Reuters)

IRAQ NEWS

ITN 'Shot Dead by US Troops', Inquest Told

Reporter Terry Lloyd shot in head on way to hospital in Iraq, inquest told. (The Guardian)

Inquiry Opens Into Frenchman Held In Iraq

The Paris public prosecutor on Tuesday opened a judicial inquiry allowing a French judge to investigate the detention in Iraq of a Frenchman captured by US forces whilst allegedly fighting alongside rebels, the lawyer for the man's family said. (AFP)

Anti-U.S. Attack Videos Spread on the Internet

Videos showing attacks against U.S. troops in Iraq have migrated to Internet video-sharing sites like YouTube. (NY Times)

MEETING ON IRAN

World Powers to Discuss Sanctions Against Iran Over Nuclear Issue

Months of intense negotiations about nation's nuclear program have failed, U.S. and European officials say prior to talks on punitive actions. (Washington Post)

ANALYSIS & OPINION

Condi's Top Priority

By Brian Whitaker

Rice's Middle East visit aims to forge an alliance against Iran. (The Guardian)

Tomatoes And Partisan Troops Are Not A Recipe For Effective Diplomacy

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