Report: Insurgent Leader says Talks with U.S. Stopped

IRAQ NEWS

Iraqi Insurgent Leader: Premier's Initiative Rejected, Dialogue With U.S. Halted

A leader of an armed Iraqi group has denied the existence of any dialogue with the current Iraqi Government or US Ambassador in Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad. (Asharq al Awsat)

Army Translator Missing in Baghdad

A U.S. military spokesman said Tuesday there had been no word on the fate of a U.S. Army solider reported missing in Baghdad, as troops continued door-to-door searches in the central Karradah district. (AP)

Army General Tells a Little-Known Tale of Pre-War Intelligence on Iraq

He goes by the nickname "Spider." And it's doubtful you've ever heard of him, even though his role in the search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq has been recounted in two recent exposes about the Bush administration's runup to the Iraq war. (Congressional Quarterly)

Iraqis May Control Security in 12-18 Mos

U.S. officials said Tuesday Iraqi leaders have agreed to develop a timeline by the end of the year for progress in stabilizing Iraq, and Iraqi forces should be able to take full control of security in the country in the next 12 to 18 months with "some level" of American support. (AP)

Iraqi Defense Officials Stole About $800 Million, Says Former Finance Minister

Former Iraqi Finance Minister, Ali Allawi, accused former Iraqi defense ministry officials of stealing up to $800 million from funds meant for the procurement of new weapons. Ali Allawi said in a TV interview on Sunday that only about $400 of the $1.2 billion allotted by the Iraqi government to the country's defense ministry was utilized to buy arms. He insisted that the rest of the money was stolen by the corrupt former defense ministry officials. (RTT News)

PAKISTAN

Pakistan May Ink Another Peace Deal with Militants

Maulana Faqir Mohamed, once most wanted cleric in Pakistan's Bajaur tribal region, and his fellow militants are likely to ink peace accord with the government after Eid al-Fitr, as the government has released all his relatives as a goodwill gesture. (Gulf Times)

KIDNAPPED JOURNALIST IN GAZA

Palestinian Gunmen Kidnap AP Photographer in Gaza

Palestinian gunmen kidnapped a Spanish photographer working for the Associated Press news agency in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, the AP said. (Reuters)

AFGHANISTAN

Taliban Plotting Attacks in Europe

Afghan militants are planning to launch deadly attacks on civilians in Europe in revenge for the 2001 invasion by United States-led forces, a Taliban commander said on Sky News television Monday. (Daily Times)

9/11

Medical Views of 9/11's Dust Show Big Gaps

In 2004, Kenneth R. Feinberg, special master of the federal Sept. 11 Victim Compensation Fund, awarded $2.6 million to the family of a downtown office worker who died from a rare lung disease five months after fleeing from the dust cloud released when the twin towers fell. That decision made the worker, Felicia Dunn-Jones, a 42-year-old lawyer, the first official fatality of the dust, and one of only two deaths to be formally linked to the toxic air at ground zero. (New York Times)

CANADA

Part of Anti-Terror Law Struck Down

A judge has struck a portion of the Anti-Terrorism Act which defines terrorism, saying it violates the Charter of Rights. (Canadian Press)

INDONESIA

2 Militants in 2002 Bali Bombing Freed

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