Saddam Hussein Sentenced to Death

SADDAM HUSSEIN

Endgame for a Dictator: Saddam Sentenced To Hang

Saddam Hussein, who ruled Iraq for 24 brutal years before being ousted by the US-led invasion in 2003, was sentenced to death by hanging in a Baghdad court yesterday for crimes against humanity. (The Guardian)

Rallies Continue After Saddam Verdict

Jubilant Shiites marched by the hundreds Monday, celebrating Saddam Hussein's conviction and death sentence as Sunnis held defiant counter-demonstrations. (AP)

Reactions to Saddam Hussein's Death Sentence from Around the World

In a world sharply divided on Iraq since the U.S.-led war began in 2003, Saddam Hussein's death sentence Sunday unleashed fears of fresh violence and new questions about the fairness and impartiality of the tribunal that ordered him to hang. (Asharq Alawsat)

U.K.

Plotter of Attacks on U.S. Financial Targets Wanted to Kill Thousands

The terror mastermind who had planned to attack financial targets in the U.S. will be sentenced in London tomorrow for plotting to kill thousands of people in numerous terrorist plots. Dhiren Barot pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit mass murder and faces a life sentence. (ABC News)

U.S. INTEL

First Line of Defense Inside the efforts to remake U.S. intelligence. (US News & World Report)

CIA PRISONS

U.S. Seeks Silence on CIA Prisons

The Bush administration has told a federal judge that terrorism suspects held in secret CIA prisons should not be allowed to reveal details of the "alternative interrogation methods" that their captors used to get them to talk. (Washington Post)

ITALY

Italians Convict Man on Terror Charges

An Egyptian wanted in connection with the 2004 Madrid train bombings was convicted on Monday on international terrorism charges in Italy and sentenced to 10 years in prison. (AP)

AFGHANISTAN

Al Qaeda Terrorist Captured In Afghanistan

Troops in eastern Afghanistan captured a "known Al Qaeda terrorist", who has ties to the network's leadership, and five other extremists including Saudis and Pakistanis on Monday, the US-led coalition said. (Times of India)

Suspected Taliban Abduct 4 Aid Workers

Suspected Taliban militants kidnapped four Afghan aid workers in eastern Afghanistan, while U.S.-led and Afghan troops detained six suspected extremists Monday, including one described as a ``known al-Qaida terrorist,'' officials said. (AP)

PAKISTAN

PAF Officers Tried to Kill Musharraf: UK Paper

Several young officers from the Pakistan Air Force with access to President Pervez Gen Pervez Musharraf's innermost security circle were among 50 people arrested for trying to assassinate him soon after he returned from a visit to the US and Britain in late September, according to a report published in The Sunday Telegrph on Sunday. (Daily Times)

IRAQ NEWS

Sniper Attacks Adding to Peril of U.S. Troops

The bullet passed through Lance Cpl. Juan Valdez-Castillo as his Marine patrol moved down a muddy urban lane. It was a single shot. The lance corporal fell against a wall, tried to stand and fell again. (NY Times)

Families Appeal over Iraq Inquiry

Two mothers of British servicemen killed in Iraq are challenging the government's refusal to hold an independent inquiry into the conflict. (BBC)

US Stops Audit of Iraq Rebuilding

A US government agency that has exposed corruption in Iraqi reconstruction projects will close in 2007. (BBC)

EGYPT

Egyptian Security Authorities Discover 600 Kilograms of Explosives in the Sinai Desert

Egyptian security sources revealed yesterday [Friday] that authorities had discovered 600 kilograms of the explosive substance TNT in North Sinai near the village of al Rathian in al Hasanah city in Northern Sinai. (Asharq Al Awsat)

CORRUPTION

Corruption by the Numbers

Public sector corruption is rampant in nearly half of the 163 nations included in the annual Corruption Perception Index (CPI) released today by Transparency International, a Berlin-based private sector group that has issued the composite report on pubic corruption data for more than ten years. (ABC News)

Haiti Tops World Corruption Table

Haiti has been ranked as the most corrupt country in the World by Transparency International (TI), followed by Burma and Iraq. (BBC)

U.S.

Condemned Inmates Often Get Sedatives

Condemned killer David Brewer, who went calmly to his death after acknowledging his guilt, had a little help with his nerves: an anti-anxiety drug. (AP)

MADRID TRAIN BOMBING

Madrid Train Bombs Suspect Jailed

A leading suspect in the 2004 Madrid train bombings has been sentenced to 10 years in prison by an Italian court on terrorism charges. (BBC)

NETHERLANDS

Dutch Prosecutors Demand Sentences of Up to 15 Years for Terrorism Suspects

Prosecutors urged judges on Monday to sentence six Muslims to prison terms of up to 15 years for allegedly conspiring to commit a terrorist attack on Dutch politicians, possibly including the prime minister. (AP)

ETHIOPIA

Charity Workers on Trial for Genocide in Ethiopia Claim Mistreatment

Two charity workers complained Monday of mistreatment while standing trial in Ethiopia for treason and attempted genocide along with 100 opposition leaders and journalists. (AP)

CLUSTERBOMBS

Red Cross Urges Destruction of Clusterbomb Stocks

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Monday called for an immediate halt to the use of cluster bombs in conflicts around the world and for countries to destroy their stockpiles. (Reuters)

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

Bush and Blair Have Forfeited the Moral Authority to Hang Saddam

By Max Hastings

There can be no doubt about the moral justice of yesterday's Baghdad tribunal judgment on Saddam Hussein. He was directly responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocent people, chiefly Kurds and Shias, and arguably for many more killed in the Iran-Iraq war. (The Guardian)

Hollow Victory: The Hanging of Saddam

By Ehsan Ahrari

The verdict on Saddam Hussein is in. He is guilty of "crimes against humanity" and is sentenced to death by hanging. His trial was generally regarded as devoid of fairness and was highly political. Even the timing of the announcement of the verdict was driven by the US mid-term elections. (Asia Times)

Verdict for Saddam Hussein

It's been nearly three years since U.S. troops pulled Saddam Hussein from his spider hole, so the justice that came yesterday, in the form of a death sentence from an Iraqi tribunal for crimes against humanity, was not particularly swift. (Washington Post)

How Al Jazeera Can Go Up a Gear

By Mohamed Elmenshawy

Last week, the Arabic-language satellite news channel Al Jazeera celebrated its 10th anniversary. In the years since its first broadcast on Nov. 1, 1996, Al Jazeera has become a popular news outlet that no government or opinion shaper can afford to ignore. (International Herald Tribune)

Inside Intelligence

By David E. Kaplan

Early this summer, I received an intriguing offer from the U.S. intelligence community. No, not to be a spy. (CIA regs have largely banned recruiting American journalists since the mid-'70s.) My invite was tamer than that but still enticing: Would I be interested in being a fly on the wall during an innovative workshop on extremism, sponsored by the new Office of the Director of National Intelligence? (US News & World Report)

Dangerous Nuclear Signs

According to reports, at least six Arab countries are developing domestic nuclear power programmes to diversify their energy sources. Out of them, four, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Morocco and Algeria have shown interest in developing nuclear power primarily for water desalination. (The Daily Times)

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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