Officials: Qaeda Trials will use New Law in 2007

Attacks in West Darfur have killed at least 63 people, half of them children, as rebels on Friday accused Khartoum of remobilising Arab militia after suffering two military defeats on the Sudan-Chad border. (Reuters)

TAIWAN

Taiwan President's Wife Indicted For Corruption

Taiwan prosecutors indicted the wife of President Chen Shui-bian on corruption charges on Friday, and said Chen himself might also have committed offences but could not be prosecuted while in office. (Reuters)

SOMALIA

Somali Islamists Test Rockets

Somali Islamists test fired rockets on Friday and prepared for war with the government as the United States warned of possible suicide attacks against neighboring countries. (Reuters)

US Warns Of Africa Terror Attacks

The US has issued a warning to its citizens in the Horn of Africa about the threat of suicide attacks from Somali extremists. (BBC)

ZIMBABWE

CIO to Flush Out Journalists Writing for Foreign Media

President Robert Mugabe has directed the spy Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) to infiltrate internet service providers to monitor private communication and flush out journalists using the internet to feed "negative information" about his government to the international media, sources told ZimOnline. (Association of Zimbabwe Journalists)

ON THE WEB

ABC News Extremist Website Monitoring

This is a daily update of some of what can be found on militant Islamist websites that are often used by al Qaeda and its sympathizers, insurgent groups in Iraq and other groups for propaganda, recruiting and communication purposes. (ABC News)

ANALYSIS & OPINION

Taking The Road To Damascus

Like it or not, and increasingly large numbers of Britons do not, this country is linked indissolubly to the United States through its participation in the war in Iraq. Any assessment of British foreign policy has to begin with that large and grimly unavoidable fact. But it does not necessarily have to end with it and it does not mean that Tony Blair need always follow blindly where George Bush leads, even elsewhere in the Middle East. The news that the prime minister's senior foreign policy adviser has just been on a not-so-secret visit to Syria is a good illustration of the point. Mr Bush does not talk to President Bashar al-Assad. Tony Blair does - or at least seems to be trying to. (The Guardian)

Seeking Options on Iraq

By David Ignatius

Following Tuesday's elections, President Bush will face some of the most difficult decisions of his presidency as he struggles to craft a strategy for dealing with the ruinous mess in Iraq. He will have to do what he has sometimes found hardest: make a decisive choice among conflicting recommendations from his advisers. (Washington Post)

An Emerging Clash of Civilizations in Europe?

By Patrick Sabatier

A year after the wave of violent demonstrations throughout the Muslim world protesting the publication of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad by a Danish newspaper, frictions between Europe and the Muslim world multiply, threatening to make the "clash of civilizations" a self-fulfilling prophecy: (Daily Star)

India Fails To Kick Out Arms Kickbacks

By Sudha Ramachandran

The controversy over kickbacks in the purchase of the Barak anti-missile defense (AMD) system from Israel has brought under scrutiny the role of arms agents in India. Although middlemen in defense purchases are banned in India, they are far from banished. (Asia Times)

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