Iraqi Voters

One of the Guantanamo Bay detainees freed in London came face to face with Osama Bin Laden at a terrorist training camp, according to court documents revealed today. (This is London)

Europe

Homeland Insecurity

How European officials are trying to thwart domestic threats and stop the flow of radical recruits to Iraq. (Time Magazine)

Sweden

Diplomat Expelled From Sweden For Spying

The Swedish foreign ministry on Friday said it had asked a foreign diplomat to leave the country amid media speculation that the envoy was a Libyan diplomat expelled for spying. (AFP)

U.S.

National Intelligence Director Proves to Be Difficult Post to Fill

Uncertainties Over Role, Authority Are Blamed for Delays. (Washington Post)

Sudan

Air Force Didn't Bomb Villagers, Official Says

The governor of Sudan's North Darfur state said reports that a government plane had bombed villagers last week were fabricated by foreigners, the nation's news agency reported. (LA Times)

LEGAL DEVELOPMENTS

U.S.

Yemeni Sheikh's Terror Funding Trial Begins

A Yemeni sheikh and his aide planned to provide millions of dollars to al Qaeda and Hamas in an FBI sting operation set up in Frankfurt, the federal US prosecutor said in opening statements at their trial today. (The Age)

Egypt

Egyptian Charged With Spying For Iran

Egypt's security court on Saturday put on trial an Egyptian charged with spying for Iran and preparing the assassination of an unnamed Egyptian personality in return for $50,000. (Iranmania)

ANALYSIS & OPINION

First Step

Iraq is now busy counting ballots. Election day was nowhere near as bloody as Al-Zarqawi had said it would be. No doubt there were many who stayed at home out of fear but fortunately, there were many more who wanted their voices heard and so they voted. (Arab News)

Message From Iraq

The multiple political failures that marked the run-up to the voting were eclipsed by a remarkably successful election day in Iraq. (NY Times)

Bullets and Ballots

The most obvious message to draw from yesterday's elections in Iraq is that it will be a long time before it becomes clear who the real winners are. (The Guardian)

Braving The Odds In Iraq To Make History — A Process That Must Be Taken Further

Iraqis braved a wave of savage terrorism on Sunday to cast ballots in their country's historic democratic elections, and dozens of them paid with their life for the opportunity to vote. (The Daily Star)

Voices From Iraq: 'Democracy Requires Sacrifice'

Following are reports on Sunday's election in Iraq from Washington Post reporters and special correspondents across the country. (Washington Post)

'Momentum of Democracy'

Borders were sealed, checkpoints set up and the international airport closed. A nighttime curfew was imposed and American fighter jets and helicopters buzzed over the skies of Iraq as the country prepared to vote in its first free elections in nearly half a century. (Philstar)

Arab Media Focus on Voting, Not Violence

Sometime after the first insurgent attack in Iraq on Sunday morning, news directors at Arab satellite channels and newspaper editors found themselves facing an altogether new decision. Should they report on the violence, or continue to cover the elections themselves? (NY Times)

Courage Under Fire

It takes courage to vote with the sound of mortars and gunfire still ringing and memories of terrorist beheadings still fresh. (LA Times)

Beyond The Bullets, A New Constitution Is The Crucial Issue For This Democracy

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