UN: Congo Atrocities

INVESTIGATIONS

Congo

U.N. Reports Atrocities In Congo

Victims are kidnapped, tortured, mutilated, raped, and even boiled alive by militias. (The Guardian)

U.S.

U.S. Counts 108 Deaths in Custody in Iraq, Afghanistan

Some were from natural causes but 26 are known or suspected criminal homicides, data show. (LA Times)

CIA's Assurances On Transferred Suspects Doubted

Experts say CIA system to prevent abuses is ineffective and virtually impossible to monitor. (Washington Post)

U.S. Warns of Terrorist Threat to Western Ships Off East Africa

The United States is advising western shipping firms and other maritime interests of a possible terrorist attack on vessels off the coast of east Africa, according to a government warning. (AFP)

Germany

Fugitive 9/11 Suspect Contacts Family

A suspect in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks who fled Germany before the hijackings remains in contact with family members, a relative testified Wednesday at the retrial of an alleged accomplice of the militants. (AP)

Saudi Arabia

"Al Qaeda Leader" in Saudi Arabia Sends Message to Al Zarqawi

An audio message allegedly by the leader of al Qaeda in Saudi Arabia Saleh al Oufi to the most wanted militant in Iraq Abu Musaab al Zarqawi was posted online today. Al Oufi promises that the militants in Saudi Arabia will support al Zarqawi and the fighters in Iraq by stopping the US from planning any attacks against them from Saudi Arabia or using bases there for training. He also says they will provide al Zarqawi with fighters if needed. (ABCNEWS Investigative Unit)

Iran

Iran Offers Europe 'Guarantees' on Its Nuclear Program

Iran said it is ready to provide "objective guarantees" that European negotiators were seeking about the country's nuclear program. (NY Times)

Philippines

Abu Sayyaf Guerrillas Training for Sea-Borne Terror Attacks

The militant group Abu Sayyaf has trained in scuba diving to prepare for possible sea-borne terror attacks outside the country, the Philippine military said on Thursday, citing the interrogation of a captured guerrilla. (AP)

Russia

Chechen Rebels Name Successor

Maskhadov chose little-known cleric as his replacement in spite of concerns over his more radical views. (Caucasus Reporting Service)

Sudan

Al Qaeda Cells Moving in Sudan

Sudanese authorities tracked movement of cells belonging to al Qaeda, according to the Sudanese foreign minister Moutafa Othman Ismail. Western intelligence services information indicates that al Qaeda may be planning terrorist attacks in the country. Meanwhile, former Sudanese Prime Minister Sadeq al Mehdi claimed that he was targeted by Abu Musaab al Zarqawi's group, al Hayat reports today. Al Mehdi said groups like al Zarqawi's want to abolish those who represent moderate movements. (Al Hayat)

LEGAL DEVELOPMENTS

Algeria

13 Convicted of Terrorism In Algeria

An Algerian court sentenced 13 people convicted of terrorist activities to prison terms ranging from three to five years, a judicial source said Wednesday. (UPI)

IRAQ NEWS

Iraqi Assembly Opens as Talks Over a Government Drag On

The divisiveness of the negotiations was evident when the assembly failed to take even the first formal step of appointing a president. (NY Times)

Jordan Islamists Slam Terrorism in Iraq

Jordan's Muslim Brotherhood Wednesday denounced terrorist acts targeting Iraqi civilians and kidnapping of foreigner journalists and workers. (UPI)

Reported Abuse Cases Fell After Abu Ghraib

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