Eight Tested for Poison that Killed Russian Ex-Spy

RUSSIAN EX-SPY MURDER INVESTIGATION

Italian Who Met With Ex-KGB Agent Tested

An Italian security expert who met with a former KGB agent the day he fell ill with radiation poisoning was under British protection and being tested for contamination Tuesday, and officials sent eight people who exhibited possible symptoms to a special clinic for tests. (AP)

Exiled Russian Oligarch and Friend of Poisoned Spy Fears for His Life

The exiled Russian oligarch, who has accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of being behind the murder of former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko, told ABC News recently that he fears for his life. (ABC News)

IRAQ NEWS

Body of U.S. Warplane Pilot Missing in Iraq

U.S. forces hunted for the body of an F-16 pilot who was killed on Monday when his warplane came down in a Sunni insurgent stronghold northwest of Baghdad. (Reuters)

Baghdad Hospital Blasts Kill Four

Two car bombs outside one of Baghdad's main hospitals have killed four people and injured at least seven others, Iraqi security officials say. (BBC)

Hezbollah Said to Help Shiite Army in Iraq

A senior American intelligence official said Monday that the Iranian-backed group Hezbollah had been training members of the Mahdi Army, the Iraqi Shiite militia led by Moktada al-Sadr. (NY Times)

Bush: Iraq Violence is al-Qaida Plot

President Bush said Tuesday that an al-Qaida plot to stoke cycles of sectarian revenge in Iraq is to blame for escalating bloodshed, refusing to debate whether the country has fallen into civil war. (AP)

Analysis Report: Iraqi Force Development and the Challenge of Civil War

Iraq is already in a state of at least limited civil war, and may well be escalating to the level of a major civil conflict. What began as a small resistance movement centered on loyalists to the Ba'ath and Saddam Hussein has expanded to include neo-Salafi Sunni terrorism, become a broadly based Sunni insurgency, and now a broader sectarian and ethnic conflict. (Center for Strategic and International Studies)

CIA SECRET PRISONS

Europeans Accused of Obstructing CIA Prison Probe

European countries knew about U.S. secret jails for terrorism suspects and have obstructed an investigation into the transport and illegal detention of prisoners, a draft European Parliament report said on Tuesday. (Reuters)

AFGHANISTAN

Suicide Bomb Kills 2 Canadian Troops in Afghanistan; Report Paints Bleak Education Outlook

A suicide car bomber attacked a Canadian armored vehicle Monday, killing two soldiers a day before NATO leaders gather in Europe for a summit that will focus on the strengthening Taliban insurgency here. (AP)

Anbar Picture Grows Clearer, and Bleaker

The U.S. military is no longer able to defeat a bloody insurgency in western Iraq or counter al-Qaeda's rising popularity there, according to newly disclosed details from a classified Marine Corps intelligence report that set off debate in recent months about the military's mission in Anbar province. (Washington Post)

SYRIA/LEBANON

Explosion on the Lebanese-Syrian Borders

An explosion occurred Tuesday at the Jadaydet Yabus passageway in southwest Syria on the main border road leading into Lebanon. (Daily Star)

BIRD FLU

Avian Flu Still A Risk; New More Dire Predictions

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