N. KOREA: SUCESSFUL NUCLEAR TEST

N. KOREA NUCLEAR TEST

North Korea Says Nuclear Test Successful

North Korea faced a barrage of condemnation and calls for retaliation Monday after it announced that it had set off a small atomic weapon underground, a test that thrust the secretive communist state into the elite club of nuclear-armed nations. (AP)

Pakistan "Deplores" North Korean Nuclear Test, Denies Links

Nuclear-armed Pakistan, the last country to test an atomic weapon, said Monday it deplored North Korea's nuclear bomb test and warned that it would destabilize the region. (AFP)

Analysis: Red Alert: North Korea -- Is There a Military Solution?

The reported detonation of a nuclear device by North Korea on Oct. 9 raises the question of potential military action against North Korea. The rationale for such a strike would be simple. (Stratfor)

IRAQ NEWS

US, Iraqi Forces Kill 30 Shiite Militiamen

US and Iraqi troops killed 30 Shiite militiamen in fierce street battles in the southern city of Diwaniyya on Sunday, the US military said. Police reported 28 deaths elsewhere in Iraq, including the discovery in Baghdad of the bullet-riddled body of Colonel Thamir Selman, a day after police found the corpses of 51 murder victims in Baghdad. (Daily Star)

Iraq's Tigris River Yields Hundreds of Corpses

A system of iron weirs in the Tigris River 20 miles southeast of Baghdad was designed to prevent lily pads, known here as "Nile flower," from traveling down-river and clogging canals vital to farmers for irrigating Iraq's south. (ABC News)

Iraq Sunni Leader's Brother Shot

Gunmen in police uniforms have killed the brother of Iraqi Vice-President Tariq al-Hashimi in Baghdad. (BBC)

Iraqis Probe Food Poisoning of Cops

Authorities arrested the head of the mess hall where at least 350 Iraqi policemen suffered food poisoning, and a military spokesman said Monday that it was likely the poisonings were intentional. (AP)

Woman: Saddam Guards Buried People Alive

Prison guards under Saddam Hussein used to bury detainees alive and watch women as they bathed, occasionally shooting over their heads, a former female prisoner testified Monday in the genocide trial of the ex-president. (AP)

SUDAN

UN Rights Chief Says Hundreds Died in Darfur Attack

The United Nations human rights chief said on Monday "several hundred" civilians — far more than first thought — may have died in late August attacks by militias in the south of Sudan's violent Darfur region. (Reuters)

CLUSTER BOMBS IN LEBANON

21 Killed By 'Dud' Bomblets Since War

Twenty-one Lebanese have been killed and more than 100 wounded by unexploded Israeli bombs and bomblets dropped by Israel in the July-August war, the United Nations and Lebanese police said Sunday. As of October 3, 124 people had been killed or wounded by unexploded bombs, mostly submunitions that landed indiscriminately in civilian areas, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said. (AFP)

Analysis: Lebanon's Ambient Clusters Of Death

By Cesar Chelala

The US State Department is investigating whether Israel's use of American-made cluster munitions in Southern Lebanon in July and August violated secret agreements between Israel and the United States. Confirmation of the use of such weapons shows the need for Israel to release information on the sites over which the bombs were dropped, as a step toward avoiding further civilian casualties in those areas. (The Daily Star)

RUSSIAN REPORTER KILLED

Reward Offered To Catch Russian Journalist's Killers

The newspaper where slain Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya worked has offered almost $1 million for information leading to her killers amid widespread international condemnation of the murder. (Reuters)

Analysis: A Moscow Murder Story

By Anne Applebaum

She wasn't charismatic, she didn't fill lecture halls and she wasn't much good at talk shows either. Nevertheless, at the time of her murder in Moscow Saturday, Anna Politkovskaya was at the pinnacle of her influence. One of the best-known journalists in Russia and one of the best-known Russian journalists in the world, she was proof -- and more is always needed -- that there is still nothing quite so powerful as the written word. (Washington Post)

AFGHANISTAN

Britain says Pakistan is Hiding Taliban Chief

The British general commanding Nato troops in Afghanistan is to confront Pakistan's president over his country's support for the Taliban. (Sunday Times of London)

Dozens of Taliban said killed in Afghan Battles

U.S.-led coalition and Afghan troops have killed 49 Taliban insurgents in two separate battles in southern Afghanistan, the defense ministry said on Monday. (Reuters)

Afghans May Back Taliban, General Warns

NATO's top commander in Afghanistan warned on Sunday that a majority of Afghans would likely switch their allegiance to resurgent Taliban militants if their lives show no visible improvements in the next six months. (AP)

Mullah Umar Leading Anti-Govt Insurgency: Taliban

Kabul—The Taliban's leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar, is alive and leading the anti-government insurgency from inside Afghanistan, a purported top spokesman for the militant chief said on Saturday. (Pakistan Observer)

FOLEY SCANDAL

Lawmaker Saw Foley Messages In 2000

A Republican congressman knew of disgraced former representative Mark Foley's inappropriate Internet exchanges as far back as 2000 and personally confronted Foley about his communications. (Washington Post)

U.K.

Suspect In Terror Hunt Used Veil To Evade Arrest

A male suspect in a major anti-terrorist investigation in Britain escaped capture by allegedly disguising himself as a Muslim woman dressed in a burka, The Times can reveal. (The Times of London)

CANADA

Canada Refused U.S. Request To Take The 'Bin Laden Of Latin America'

Anti-Castro Cuban exile accused of killing 73 in 1976 airliner bombing, other terrorist acts. (Ottawa Citizen)

Harper Complains To Bush About Arar

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has launched an official complaint with the United States over its mistreatment of Maher Arar, and personally told President George W. Bush the Americans must explain why the Canadian citizen was deported to Syria and tortured. (Toronto Star)

AUSTRALIA

Experts Doubt Al Qaeda Cricket Claims

Terrorism experts have disputed claims that al-Qaeda planned to kill the Australian cricket team with sarin gas during last year's Ashes series in England. (AAP)

ANALYSIS & OPINION

Will Pyongyang Pass the Point of No Return?

North Korea stopped all diplomatic contact with the international community between last Tuesday, when it announced a plan to test a nuclear device, and Friday, when the UN Security Council adopted a statement urging it to give up the plan. (Chosun Ilbo)

Afghanistan: Five Years Later

By Donald H. Rumsfeld

On Oct. 7, 2001, President Bush spoke from the Treaty Room of the White House to announce the beginning of Operation Enduring Freedom, a mission designed to disrupt and destroy al-Qaeda operations in Afghanistan and the regime that had harbored and supported Osama bin Laden's terrorist network. (Washington Post)

Orange County Man Rises in Al Qaeda Ranks

By Greg Krikorian and H.G. Reza Two years ago, no one knew quite what to make of Adam Gadahn. (LA Times)

Pyongyang's 60-year Obsession

By Bertil Lintner

North Korea's "Great Leader", Kim Il-sung, was obsessed with nuclear weapons even before the Democratic People's Republic of Korea was proclaimed on September 9, 1948. (Asia Times)

Bush's Nuclear Howlers

By Dr. Syed Javed Hussain

George W. Bush's stand on Iran has thrown a real challenge to his well-wishers who may now wonder whether he is a statesman of some import and historical significance or a half-witted simpleton bogged down by an authority whose magnitude he is unable to understand and exploit. (Daily Jang)

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