Iraqi Insurgents Carry Out Another Chemical Attack

IRAQ

Iraq Insurgents Again Use 'Dirty' Attack

Insurgents exploded a truck carrying chlorine gas canisters Wednesday the second such "dirty" chemical attack in two days while a U.S. official said ground fire apparently forced the downing of a Black Hawk helicopter. All nine aboard the aircraft were rescued. (AP)

Second Case of Rape Allegations in Iraq

Four Iraqi soldiers have been accused of raping a 50-year-old Sunni woman and the attempted rape of her two daughters in the second allegation of sexual assault leveled against Iraqi forces this week, an official said Thursday. (AP)

US Soldier Admits Murdering Girl

A second US soldier's plea of guilty to the gang rape of a 14-year-old Iraqi girl and the killing of her and her family has been accepted by a judge. (BBC)

IRAN NUCLEAR STANDOFF

Iran 'Failed To Meet UN Deadline'

Iran failed to suspend its uranium enrichment activity by Wednesday's UN deadline, a report by nuclear watchdog the IAEA has said. (BBC)

U.N. Report May Give Iran Wider Sanctions

A U.N. watchdog report due on Thursday is likely to confirm Iran has expanded rather than halted its nuclear fuel programme, exposing Tehran to possible wider sanctions over fears it secretly wants to make atom bombs. (Reuters)

U.K.

Man Wrongly Accused Over 9/11 Loses Court Battle

An Algerian pilot who spent four years in a British jail wrongly accused of training some of the September 11 suicide plane hijackers, lost a legal bid to win compensation from the government on Thursday. (Reuters)

PAKISTAN

Schools and Businesses Close in Pakistan Following Threats From the Taliban

In what is being seen as an attempt by the Taliban to increase their sphere of influence, threatening letters and phone calls have been received by schools and foreign banks in Pakistan's Northwest Frontier Province (NWFP). (ABC News)

INDIA

India and Pakistan Sign Nuclear Pact

India and Pakistan signed an agreement to reduce the risk from accidental use of nuclear weapons here on Wednesday. (Daily Times)

Three Held Over India Train Blast

Police in India say they have detained three people in connection with Sunday's bomb attack aboard a train travelling from India to Pakistan. (BBC)

Indian Children Suffer More Malnutrition than In Ethiopia

India has higher rates of malnourished children than sub-Saharan Africa, despite having the money to tackle the problem, according to a survey that raises grave questions about the country's economic rise. (The Times)

U.S.

Is Cheney Next?

Could a guilty verdict for a former aide bring further criminal scrutiny of Vice President Dick Cheney? (ABC News)

FBI Translating Over 1,000 Wiretap Conversations a Day

Spurred by adding hundreds of new linguists and help from allies overseas, the FBI is translating a record 34,000 wiretapped conversations a month, bureau officials tell the Bad Guys blog. (US News & World Report)

ITALY

Italian Crisis Talks as PM Quits

Italian President Giorgio Napolitano has begun crisis talks following the resignation of Prime Minister Romano Prodi after just 10 months in office. (BBC)

EGYPT

Egypt Blogger Jailed For 'Insult'

An Egyptian court has sentenced an internet blogger to four years' prison for insulting Islam and the president. (BBC)

PHILIPPINES

Philippine Army Linked To Murders

The Philippine military is under new pressure after a government-backed commission linked some soldiers to a spate of political killings. (BBC)

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