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)


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)


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)


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)


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