Iraqi Insurgents Carry Out Another Chemical Attack

Sudan, Chad Again Pledge to Avoid Hostilities

Neighbours Sudan and Chad pledged to redouble efforts to end border violence being fuelled by Darfur's conflict, concluding their third agreement in 12 months to end hostilities and respect each other's sovereignty. (Reuters)


Crack in the Axis: Signs of Syrian-Iranian Split?

By Christopher Isham

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad ended two days of meetings in Tehran Sunday, charging that the "enemies of Islam" were engaged in "the creation of a rift among Muslims" -- an unusual admission that the strategic relationship between Iran and Syria may be fraying. (ABC News)

American Liberty at the Precipice

In another low moment for American jusice, a federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday that detainees held at the prison camp at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, do not have the right to be heard in court.  (NY Times)

  Democracy is Possible, Arab Bloggers Assure Us Every Day

The Arab world is known as a home to some of the least democratic political structures existing around the globe. Basic human rights are barely met even in some of the apparently liberal countries in the region, such as Bahrain or the United Arab Emirates. (The Daily Star)

  Is This the Alternative to the Anglo-Saxon Way?

The sick man of Europe has risen from his death bed. Will he now recover to be the strong man of old? Last week the European Union's statistical service reported that Germany was the fastest-growing economy among the leading industrialised countries, expanding by 3.7 per cent in the year to December, compared with Britain (3 per cent), America (3.4 per cent), Japan (2.1 per cent) and 3.3 per cent in the eurozone as a whole. (The London Times)

The Lessons of History! 

The depressing figures regarding the level of development in a number of Arab states demonstrate the deep crisis in which we find ourselves. A climate of unemployment, poverty and hopelessness for the future creates an ambiance that is appropriate for extremism and political and social anxiety! (Asharq al Awsat)

The Insider Daily Investigative Report (DIR) is a summary of major news articles and broadcasts relating to investigative news, including international terrorism and developments in Iraq. The DIR is edited daily from foreign and U.S. sources by Chris Isham, Hoda Osman and Elizabeth Sprague of the ABC News Investigative Unit. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of ABCNEWS.

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