Saddam Hussein Sentenced to Death

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

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