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

Two Islamic militants jailed for the Bali bombings that killed 202 people were freed Tuesday, and nine others had their sentences reduced to mark the end of the Islamic fasting month. (AP)

PAKISTAN

Musharraf's Book In Urdu Cut Qaeda Bounty Claim

President Pervez Musharraf has omitted from the Urdu version of his memoirs a claim that US intelligence paid Pakistan millions of dollars for Al Qaeda captives, an official said Monday. (AFP)

INDIA

Mole Hunt in Defense Units to Trace Spy Ring Kingpins

The espionage rackets involving two Armymen that were unearthed by the Delhi police appear to have been centred in New Delhi and the Nepalese capital Kathmandu, defence minister Pranab Mukherjee said on Monday, adding that it was a matter of extreme concern for the government. (The Asian Age)

CHINA

China Cracks Down on Corruption

China has punished more than 17,500 officials in the first eight months of this year on corruption charges, according to state news agency Xinhua. (BBC)

ETHIOPIA/SOMALIA

Ethiopia 'Technically' at War with Somali Islamists

Prime Minister Meles Zenawi said on Tuesday Ethiopia was "technically" at war with Somalia's Islamists because they had declared jihad on his nation. (The Mail and Guardian)

HUNGARY

Hungarian Police Brace for More Violence

Hungarian police were bracing for further violence a day after Budapest was rocked by anti-government riots on the 50th anniversary of the uprising against Soviet rule. (Reuters)

ANALYSIS & OPINION

Trying to Contain the Iraq Disaster

No matter what President Bush says, the question is not whether America can win in Iraq. The only question is whether the United States can extricate itself without leaving behind an unending civil war that will spread more chaos and suffering throughout the Middle East, while spawning terrorism across the globe. (New York Times)

The Global Plight of the Girl Combat Soldier

By Cesar Chelala

Legal proceedings against Thomas Lubanga Dyilo now taking place before the new International Criminal Court offer some hope that a serious kind of crime will be effectively punished and deterred. Lubanga Dyilo led a Congolese militia group responsible for a wide range of criminal activities, among them the forced recruitment of children, including girls, as soldiers. (The Japan Times)

US Sends the Wrong Message to Iran

The US media are inundated with reports that the recent United Nations resolution imposing sanctions on North Korea is meant as a "lesson" for Iran, and the United States' ambassador to the UN, John Bolton, has warned Tehran that it could face similar "international isolation" if it follows Pyongyang's path toward nuclear proliferation. (Asia Times)

Egypt: A Leap Toward Reform - Or Preparation For Succession?

By Joshua A. Stacher

Egypt's ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) convened its fourth annual conference on September 19-21, advertising it as "The Second Leap Forward." Speeches by senior party members and carefully packaged briefing papers emphasized the party's achievements in economic and political reform and laid out a fairly ambitious agenda for the coming year. The real story at the conference, however, was Gamal Mubarak's increasing political weight and seemingly unstoppable ascent toward the presidency. (Daily Star)

Geopolitical Diary: Hungarian Riots, French Riots

Riots erupted in a number of locations across Budapest, Hungary, on Monday evening, along with dozens of smaller protests in towns throughout the country. (Stratfor)

The Insider Daily Investigative Report (DIR) is a summary of major news articles and broadcasts relating to investigative news, including international terrorism and developments in Iraq. The DIR is edited daily from foreign and U.S. sources by Chris Isham, Hoda Osman and Elizabeth Sprague of the ABC News Investigative Unit. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of ABCNEWS.

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