Bush Signs Bill Allowing Tough Interrogation

U.S.

Bush Signs Law Authorizing Harsh Interrogation

President George W. Bush signed a law on Tuesday authorizing tough interrogation and prosecution of terrorism suspects and took an indirect, election-year swipe at Democrats who opposed the legislation. (Reuters)

Book: CIA Pilots Lived in Luxury Between Kidnappings

CIA pilots who flew kidnapped al Qaeda suspects to secret prisons for severe interrogation sessions stayed at five-star luxury resorts between rendition flights at taxpayers' expense, according to "Ghost Plane," a new book by journalist Stephen Grey to be published this week. (ABC News)

NORTH KOREA NUCLEAR TEST

North Korea 'Preparing Second Nuclear Test'

North Korea could be preparing to conduct a second nuclear test, Japan and South Korea said today, although neither country believed it was imminent. (The Guardian)

N. Korea: Sanctions Are War Declaration

North Korea said Tuesday it considered U.N. sanctions aimed at punishing the country for its nuclear test "a declaration of war," as Japan and South Korea reported the communist nation might be preparing a second explosion. (AP)

IRAQ NEWS

Shootings, Bombings, Kill 28 Across Iraq

Bombings and shootings across Iraq killed at least 28 people on Tuesday, including four students and a doctor. In Balad, the scene of sectarian fighting that has killed close to 100 people, U.S. troops aided Iraqi security forces struggling to contain the bloodshed. (AP)

Number of Infiltrators Penetrating Saudi-Iraqi Border Drops by 40 Percent

The number of infiltrators crossing the borders between Saudi Arabia and Iraq has declined by 30 to 40 percent compared with the past few years, according to Staff General Talal Anqawi, Director General of the Saudi Border Guard. (Asharq al Awsat)

Iraq's Christians Flee as Extremist Threat Worsens

Muslim fury over Pope Benedict XVI's remarks on Islam has brought a new level of threat to an already shrinking Christian population. (NY Times)

GUANTANAMO

U.S. Faces Obstacles to Freeing Detainees

British Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett last week issued the latest European demand to close down the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The existence of the prison is "unacceptable" and fuels Islamic radicalism around the world, she said, echoing a recent chorus of complaints from Europe about U.S. counterterrorism policy. (Washington Post)

BIRD FLU

Indonesian Bird Flu Toll Hits 55

The death toll from bird flu in Indonesia has now reached 55, after officials confirmed that a 27-year-old woman had succumbed to the disease. (BBC)

AFGHANISTAN

British Troops Leave Afghan District

British troops pulled out of a troubled district in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday, while a U.S.-led coalition airstrike killed a suspected midlevel Taliban commander and up to 15 other militants, NATO said. (AP)

Kidnapped Reporter In Afghanistan Says He is Ok

Kidnapped Italian journalist Gabriele Torsello says he is fine and being moved around by his abductors, a web site reported on Tuesday. (Reuters)

PAKISTAN

Government Accuses Hafiz Saeed of Jeopardising Foreign Relations

The government on Monday accused Jamaatud Daawa (JD) chief Hafiz Saeed of conducting activities that put Pakistan's relations with "neighbouring countries" at risk. (The Daily Times)

INDIA

Threat to Hit Dehli Markets on Eve of Diwali

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