ABC News Exclusive: Murder in a Teapot

LITVINENKO INVESTIGATION

ABC News Exclusive: Murder in a Teapot

British officials say police have cracked the murder-by-poison case of former spy Alexander Litvinenko, including the discovery of a "hot" teapot at London's Millennium Hotel with an off-the-charts reading for Polonium-210, the radioactive material used in the killing. (ABC News)

UK Wants To Try Russian for Litvinenko Murder

The British government is preparing to demand the extradition of a Russian businessman to stand trial for the poisoning with polonium-210 of the former KGB officer Alexander Litvinenko. Senior Whitehall officials have told the Guardian that a Scotland Yard file on the murder which is about to be passed to the Crown Prosecution Service alleges that there is sufficient evidence against Andrei Lugovoi for the CPS to decide whether he should face prosecution. (The Guardian)

PAKISTAN

Bombing at Hotel in Pakistan Kills 2

A man set off a bomb outside the Marriott Hotel in Pakistan's capital on Friday, killing himself and a guard and wounding at least seven other people in an apparent suicide attack, officials said. (AP)

Ex-Spy Dismisses Litvinenko Probe

Andrei Lugovoi, the focus of the UK probe into the murder of Alexander Litvinenko, has laughed off reports London may soon seek his extradition. (BBC)

IRAQ NEWS

14 Killed in Central Baghdad Bomb Attack

A bomb hidden in a box holding pigeons tore through a crowded pet and livestock market Friday, killing at least 14 people and wounding dozens, police said, in a blast that left the carcasses of dead birds, dogs and other animals scattered on the blood-soaked ground. (AP)

Suicide Bomber Kills 7 In Mosque In Mosul

A suicide bomber blew himself up in a Shi'ite mosque on the outskirts of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, killing seven people and wounding 17 more after prayers on Friday, a police source said. (Reuters)

U.S. Soldier Gets 18 Years Prison in Iraq Slayings

A third U.S. soldier on Thursday was sentenced to 18 years in prison after pleading guilty in the deaths of three Iraqi detainees, officials at Fort Campbell in Kentucky said. (Reuters)

Bush Authorizes Targeting Iranians in Iraq: Report

President Bush has authorized the U.S. military to kill or capture Iranian agents active inside Iraq, The Washington Post reported on Friday, citing government and counterterrorism officials with direct knowledge of the plan. (Reuters)

SOMALIA

U.S. Won't Rule out a Last-Ditch Strike in Somalia

The United States will not rule out further strikes in Somalia, State Department sources told ABC News today, but the window of opportunity to hit suspected terrorists there is closing quickly. (ABC News)

AFGHANISTAN

U.S. Warns Of Bloody Taliban Spring Fightback

The United States, stepping up its commitment to Afghanistan and pushing European allies to follow suit, on Friday warned the country faced a bloody and dangerous spring offensive from an emboldened and strengthened Taliban. (Reuters)

NATO 'to Step Up Afghan Support'

NATO foreign ministers meeting in Brussels have agreed to step up their military and economic assistance to Afghanistan, officials have said. (BBC)

LEBANON

Hezbollah Buries Dead, Urges Lebanese Unity

Shi'ite Muslim Hezbollah held funeral processions on Friday for three of its members shot dead during sectarian clashes in Beirut and called for unity among the Lebanese to stop their country sliding to civil war. (Reuters)

NORTH KOREA

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