Iraq Violence Kills at Least 38

IRAQ NEWS

At Least 38 Killed in Heightened Iraq Violence

The remains of 120 unidentified Iraqis, who apparently have been shot to death, were buried Thursday in the latest reminder of a gruesome wave of tit-for-tat killings while a spate of attacks killed at least 38. The US military said Thursday it was reviewing strategy in Baghdad where violence had risen by at least 20 percent in the first three weeks of the holy month of Ramadan. (Daily Star)

Iraq's Violence Heading toward Two-Year High

Insurgents have used the Muslim holy month Ramadan, when dawn-to-dusk fasting marks the revelation of the Koran to the prophet Muhammad, to incite one of the most violent months since the start of the Iraq war. (Christian Science Monitor)

US Military Says 11 Soldiers will be Tried for Murdering Iraqis

Eleven American soldiers will be court-martialed on charges of murdering Iraqis, including four accused of killing a raped girl and her family, the US military said Thursday. (Daily Star)

Shiite Militia Takes Over Iraqi City

The Shiite militia run by anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr seized total control of the southern Iraqi city of Amarah on Friday in one of the boldest acts of defiance yet by one of the country's powerful, unofficial armies, witnesses and police said. (AP)

N. KOREA NUCLEAR TEST

EXCLUSIVE: North Korea on Another Nuke Test: 'Watch What Happens'

Vice Foreign Minister Says U.S., North Korea Don't Need to Be Enemies. (ABC News)

GUANTANAMO

Hambali's First Words

Hambali, the alleged Bali bombing mastermind now being held at Guantanamo Bay after three years in CIA captivity, has told his family through the International Red Cross that he is "doing fine." (Sydney Morning Herald)

LEBANON

Hezbollah Used Cluster Bombs, Rights Group States

The Lebanese militant group Hezbollah fired Chinese-manufactured cluster bombs into civilian areas in Israel during the conflict this summer, Human Rights Watch said yesterday. (Boston Globe)

Lebanon Approves CCTV Cameras On Beirut Roads

Lebanon approved on Thursday a long-delayed plan to place closed circuit cameras on all roads in Beirut to tighten security after a wave of bombings and political killings. (Reuters)

ERITREA/SOMALIA

U.S. Accuses Eritrea of Arming Somali Islamists

The United States accused Eritrea on Thursday of opening another front against its foe Ethiopia by shipping arms to Somali Islamists who are rivals to a Western-backed interim government. (Reuters)

Somali Islamists May Execute Ethiopian "Spies"

Two Ethiopians arrested in Mogadishu and accused of spying on Somalia's newly powerful Islamist movement will be charged with espionage soon and could be put to death, Islamist officials said on Friday. (Reuters)

SUDAN

Darfur Rebels Demand Talks, Self-Determination

A new Darfur rebel alliance is ready for talks with the government but demands self-determination for the war-torn, arid west of the country, senior rebel leaders said on Thursday. (Reuters)

RUSSIA

About 100 NGOs Suspended in Russia

Russia brushed aside U.S. objections Thursday and forced nearly 100 foreign non-governmental organizations, including leading human rights groups, to suspend operations for missing a deadline for re-registration under a tough, new law. (Reuters)

FOLEY SCANDAL

Exclusive: Former House Clerk's Testimony

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