Police across Europe have broken up an international drug-trafficking network, arresting 90 people in a number of countries. (BBC)
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
What Syria Would Say
By David Ignatius
What positions would Syria take if it entered a dialogue with the United States about Iraq and other Middle East issues? I put that question Thursday to Walid Moallem, Syria's foreign minister, and he offered surprisingly strong support for the recommendations made last week in the Baker-Hamilton report. (Washington Post)
A Bitter Struggle for Power in Iran
By Sami Moubayed
Much is being written in the international media about the twin elections in Iran, which take place on Friday. Some, like veteran Iranian journalist Amir Taheri, are expecting the "first major political defeat" for Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad. (Asia Times)
Rapid Slum Growth Breeds Crime And Terrorism, Says U.N.
The rapid growth of slums in the world's towns and cities is increasing urban poverty and creating a breeding ground for terrorism, fanaticism, pollution and disease, the United Nations said on Friday. (Reuters)
In Bahrain, Democracy in Action or Just Divide and Rule?
By Fred Wehrey
Shiite and Sunni Islamist candidates dominated Bahrain's late November parliamentary elections - winning a combined total of 29 out of 40 seats - leading some observers to warn of a polarized Parliament where civility and legislative action would fall victim to sectarian mudslinging. Others predicted a tenuous detente, where the two sides would avoid divisive issues such as anti-Shiite discrimination and constitutional amendments and collaborate instead on consolidating social conservatism. (Daily Star)
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