North Korean Test - Was it Nuclear?


U.S. Doubts Korean Test was Nuclear

U.S. intelligence agencies say, based on preliminary indications, that North Korea did not produce its first nuclear blast yesterday. (Washington Times)

Blast May Be Only a Partial Success, Experts Say

The North Korean test appears to have been a nuclear detonation but was fairly small by traditional standards, and possibly a failure or a partial success, federal and private analysts said yesterday. (New York Times)


Videotape Released Showing Taliban Activities

A private television channel in Pakistan on Monday received a video cassette that clearly shows activities of Taliban who are putting up resistance against allied forces in Afghanistan. (Pak Tribune)

Kabul Explosion 'Injures Eleven'

At least 11 people, including a number of police officers, have been injured in an explosion in the Afghan capital, Kabul, say police. (BBC)


Documents: CIA Warned of Plane Bomb Plot

An anti-Castro militant now in a Texas jail warned the CIA months before the 1976 bombing of a Cuban airliner that fellow exiles were planning such an attack, according to a newly released U.S. government document. (AP)


Another 60 Bodies Found in Baghdad

Authorities found the mutilated bodies of 60 men in Baghdad in the 24 hours ending Tuesday morning, likely the latest victims of the sectarian death squads that roam the capital. (Asharq Alawsat)

Brazen Attack Kills Third Sibling of Iraqi Vice President

Gunmen killed the brother of Iraq's Sunni Arab vice president on Monday, drawing swift condemnation from across Iraq's political divide and US officials. (Daily Star)


The Long Arm of China's Secret Police Reaches Into the U.S.

The white van gunned into a busy Fairfax County, Va., intersection last January, turned right and sped at the line of cars across the yellow line, seeming to aim at the Hyundai Elantra waiting for the light to change. (Congressional Quarterly)


Strong Case for U.S. to Question A.Q.

Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf, in his book In The Line of Fire, has provided sufficient evidence to hold Pakistan's nuclear scientist, Dr A.Q. Khan, responsible for the clandestine development of the North Korean nuclear programme. This could lead to a direct interrogation of Dr Khan by the US now that North Korea has clandestinely carried out a nuclear test. (The Asian Age)


Forced to Confess, Say Mumbai Train Blast Accused

Seven men who confessed to being involved in the deadly July 11 Mumbai train bombings have retracted their confessions, saying they were beaten by police and forced to admit to the crime, their lawyer said Tuesday. (Daily Jang)

Kids Work As Ban On Child Labor Starts In India

Ten-year-old Sonu sits forlornly on a plastic chair in a ramshackle street food stall in New Delhi, taking a break after serving customers tea. (Reuters)


Fighting Cuts Off 224,000 In Darfur From WFP Food

Nearly a quarter of a million people in Sudan's Darfur region cannot access U.N. food rations due to fighting, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Tuesday. (Reuters)


Germans Nab Iraqi in al Qaeda Web Case

An Iraqi man suspected of spreading messages by al Qaeda leaders on the Internet in the past year was arrested Tuesday in Germany, prosecutors said. (AP)


Human Error Blamed for 2005 Greek Crash

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