Somali Troops Backed by Ethiopia Enter Mogadishu

SOMALIA

Troops Enter Mogadishu; Refugees Drown

Somali government troops backed by Ethiopian forces rolled into Mogadishu without firing a shot Thursday, a striking gain in its bid to recapture the country from an Islamic movement that had once seemed nearly invincible. (AP)

Eyewitness: 'Everything is Unpredictable'

Somali human rights activist Ali Said Omar, 27, describes the mood in his country's capital, Mogadishu, after Islamist fighters flee and Ethiopian-backed government forces arrive. (BBC)

FAQ: War between Somalia and Ethiopia

Conflict goes back to 1964. (The Guardian)

Iraqi Qaeda Allies Urge Backing For Somali Islamists

An al Qaeda-backed group in Iraq has urged Muslims to support Islamists in Somalia fleeing the capital Mogadishu under siege by Ethiopian and Somali government forces. (Reuters)

IRAQ NEWS

Saddam Lawyer Seeks To Prevent Handover

Saddam Hussein's chief lawyer implored world leaders on Thursday to prevent the United States from handing over the ousted leader to Iraqi authorities for execution, saying he should enjoy protection from his enemies as a "prisoner of war." (AP)

Seventeen Die In Baghdad Blasts

At least 17 people are killed in a number of explosions in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, Iraqi police say. (BBC)

4 Kidnapped Contractors Still Held

The U.S. Embassy said Thursday it believes four American security contractors and an Austrian remain in captivity after their kidnapping in southern Iraq six weeks ago. (AP)

Snipers Stalk Marine Supply Route In Western Iraq

The battle for this desolate stretch of road east of Fallouja is relentless: Twenty-four hours a day, Marines lumber up and down the six-lane freeway in 23-ton amphibious assault vehicles, looking for bombs and dodging snipers. (LA Times)

Iraq Qaeda Suspect Blamed for U.S. Kidnap Captured

Iraqi special forces backed by U.S. advisers have captured an al Qaeda cell leader believed to be behind the kidnap in June of two U.S. soldiers who were found tortured and dead, the U.S. military said on Thursday. (Reuters)

RUSSIA

'Hijack' Drama on Russian Plane

A Russian passenger plane has made an emergency landing in Prague after a man tried to enter the cockpit, saying he had an explosive device. (BBC)

Moscow Links Poisoning Inquiry to Yukos Case

Russia is investigating a link between the poisoning of Alexander V. Litvinenko and former Yukos Oil executives. (NY Times)

IRAN

Iran to 'Revise' Any Relations With Monitors in Nuclear Area

By an overwhelming vote, Parliament passed a bill on Wednesday that could limit Iran's cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency, the United Nations monitor. (NY Times)

PAKISTAN

Death to U.N. Workers Urged in Pakistan

Kill all employees of the United Nations is among the instructions issued to followers in a new fatwa that was issued in Pakistan this week. (ABC News)

Dropping of Terror Charges Against Briton Stayed In Pakistan

A Pakistani court has stayed dropping of terror charges by a lower court against a Briton held in Pakistan for alleged involvement in a plot to blow up transatlantic jets, his lawyer said. (AFP)

700 Pakistanis Missing Since Start of War on Terror

Sitting against a small table in her home in Pakistan's northern city of Rawalpindi, 10-year-old Ayesha Janjua writes a letter to President Gen Pervez Musharraf. (Pak Tribune)

VENEZUELA

Inside Story of A Regime of Terror

Foreign inmates face daily fight for survival in Venezuelan jail. (The Guardian)

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