N. Korea Might Consider Dismantling Nukes

NORTH KOREA

China Hands Out Accord at Nuclear Talks

China has distributed a draft agreement to the countries at international talks seeking to persuade North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons programs, a South Korean official said early Friday. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity due to the ongoing diplomacy, gave no details of the draft. However, other delegates said earlier the agreement would outline initial steps for implementing a September 2005 agreement from the six-nation talks where Pyongyang pledged to disarm in exchange for aid and security guarantees. (AP)

Q&A: N Korea Nuclear Stand-Off

Six-nation talks on North Korea's nuclear programme have resumed in Beijing, four months after the North tested a nuclear device. BBC News looks at the long-running crisis. (BBC)

IRAQ NEWS

Mothers Want Answers -- Congress Investigates the Fallujah Tragedy

The families of four U.S. contractors gruesomely killed during a convoy through Fallujah in 2004 will testify before Congress today about the company their loved ones worked for, Blackwater USA, a security company that has made millions but that the families say sent their men on a botched mission destined to end in death. (ABC News)

Al-Qaeda in Iraq Aide Said Detained

Iraqi security forces detained an aide to the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq in a raid early Thursday at a gas station south of Baghdad, state-run television and a security official said. (AP)

Iraq's Deputy Health Minister Arrested

U.S. and Iraqi forces detained Iraq's deputy health minister on Thursday, a senior member of a radical Shi'ite political group, in the first major sign that a security crackdown in Baghdad was under way. (Reuters)

U.S.: Airstrike Kills 13 Insurgents; 4 Marines Die

A U.S. airstrike Thursday killed 13 insurgents in a volatile area west of Baghdad, the military said. Local officials said 45 civilians, including women and children, died in the attack. (AP)

U.S. Pilots Fly Low for Safety in Iraq, Face New Risks

U.S. military helicopters have typically been the safest way to travel in Iraq — they fly low, are extremely fast and by the time they can be heard from the ground, they're gone. (ABC News)

CIVILIAN DEATHS IN IRAQ

Marine Wants to Withdraw Murder Plea

A Marine facing life in prison after pleading guilty to kidnapping and murdering an Iraqi man asked to withdraw his pleas Thursday, saying he no longer believes he's guilty. (AP)

U.S.

Blackwater Scrutinized in Congressional Hearing

Incompetence, cutting corners, over billing and cover-up were the themes today as the families of the four contractors killed in a ghastly 2004 ambush in Fallujah finally got someone's attention in Washington. (ABC News)

U.K. LETTER BOMBS

UK Letter Bombs May Be From Extremist Drivers

The British Government has issued warnings to the public in response to a series of letter bomb attacks across the country. (The Age)

LITVINENKO CASE

FSB agents 'offered To Kill' Ex-Spy Litvinenko

Alexander Litvinenko was a traitor who would have deserved execution in Soviet times, his former chief in Russia's security service said last night. (The Times)

LEBANON

UN Signs Lebanon Tribunal Accord

The UN has taken a further step towards creating an international tribunal to try suspects in the killing of the former Lebanese premier Rafik Hariri. (BBC)

CIA SECRET PRISONS

CIA Uses German Bases to Transport Terrorists, Paper Says

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