Iraqi Court Upholds Saddam Death Sentence


Court: Execute Saddam Within 30 Days

Iraq's highest appeals court on Tuesday upheld the death sentence for Saddam Hussein in his first trial and said it must be carried out within 30 days. The sentence "must be implemented within 30 days," chief judge Aref Shahin. "From tomorrow, any day could be the day of implementation." (AP)

At Least 36 Iraqis Killed in Bombings

At least 36 Iraqis died Tuesday in bombings, officials said, including a coordinated strike that killed 25 in western Baghdad. Separately, the deaths of six U.S. soldiers pushed the American toll beyond the number of victims in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. (AP)

Three U.S. Soldiers Killed in Iraq

A bomb killed three American soldiers and wounded another northwest of Baghdad on Tuesday, the U.S. military said. (AP)


Channel Tunnel Is Terror Target

The Channel tunnel has been targeted by a group of Islamic militant terrorists aiming to cause maximum carnage during the holiday season, according to French and American secret services. (The Observer)


Nigerian Pipeline Explosion Kills 200

At least 200 people were killed Tuesday when a gasoline pipeline exploded in Nigeria's biggest city of Lagos, a Red Cross official said. The death toll was expected to rise. (AP)

Ethiopian PM says more than 1,000 killed as Somali Islamists

Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi has said more than 1,000 people have been killed in fighting between his troops backing Somali government forces against Somalia's Islamist movement. (AFP)


Pakistan to Mine and Fence Afghan Border

Pakistan has said it will fence and mine parts of its frontier with Afghanistan, amid allegations of militant infiltration across the border. (AFP)


Saudi Frees 18 Former Guantanamo Detainees

Saudi Arabia has freed 18 former Guantanamo Bay detainees after they completed their jail sentences, the Interior Ministry said on Tuesday. (Reuters)

U.S. Wants Additional Anti-Ballistic Missile Radar System in Japan
The Pentagon has asked the Defense Agency for permission to install an additional X-band radar system in Japan to reinforce monitoring of possible North Korea's ballistic missiles aimed at the United States, sources said. (Asahi Shimbun)


East Timor PM Sends Bin Laden Message

East Timor's prime minister urged Osama Bin Laden to "extend his love" to Christians and Europeans and give up violence in a Christmas message broadcast around the world by the British Broadcasting Corp. (AP)


After Iraq, a New U.S. Military Model

By Stanley A. Weiss

It's been called the most dramatic shift in U.S. military power since World War II. But it's not the widely anticipated drawdown of American combat forces in Iraq. (International Herald Tribune)

Military Deaths in Iraq Exceed 9/11 Tol

By Larry McShane

In a span of a few hours, 2,973 people were killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. In a span of 45 months, the number of American troops killed in Iraq exceeded that grim toll as the war continues. (AP)

The Iranian Bull

By Abdul-Rahman al Rashed

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