State Dept to Stop Terror Report

INVESTIGATIONS

U.S.

Elimination of Terror Report Coincides With Substantial Increase

The State Department stopped publishing a terrorism report after the terrorism center concluded there were more attacks in 2004 than in any year since the report began in 1985, Knight Ridder Newspapers report. Former U.S. counterterrorism official Larry Johnson writes: "It is tough to argue we are winning the war on terrorism when the numbers in the official Government report will show the largest number of incidents ever recorded since the State Department started reporting on terrorist incidents."

Reports: Airport Security Hasn't Improved

Security at U.S. airports is no better under federal control than it was before the Sept. 11 attacks, a key House member says two government reports will conclude. The Government Accountability Office — the investigative arm of Congress — and the Homeland Security Department's inspector general are expected to soon release their findings on the performance of Transportation Security Administration screeners. (AP)

Egypt

Police Identify 4 Plotters in Cairo Bombing

Egypt's Interior Ministry yesterday identified four men it accused of training a bomber who killed himself and three tourists here on April 7. A ministry statement said the teenage bomber, Hassan Rafaat Ahmed Bashandi, "was affiliated with an extremist group that included four members" who trained and recruited him. (AP)

Oil-for-Food

Oil-For-Food: How Much Did Boutros-Ghali Hear?

Federal prosecutors investigating the Oil-for-Food scandal are focusing on a growing number of current and former U.N. officials, court documents show. Among those under scrutiny: ex-U.N. secretary-general Boutros Boutros-Ghali and his aides. (Newsweek)

U.K.

Ricin Terror Gang 'Planned to Unleash Terror On the Heathrow Express'

A poison attack planned by al-Qaeda-trained operatives was aimed at the busy Heathrow Express rail link and would have been "our September 11", the Metropolitan Police has revealed. (The Sunday Telegraph)

N. Korea

Steps at Reactor in North Korea Worry the U.S.

The suspected shutdown of a reactor at a nuclear weapons complex raised concerns that North Korea could be preparing to harvest a new load of nuclear fuel. (NY Times)

Spain

Madrid Bomb Suspect Sent to Italy

Spain is returning to Italy a suspect believed to have played a key role in last year's Madrid train bombings. (BBC)

Guantanamo

Military Report on Guantanamo Highlights Danger of Al Qaeda

As Camp Delta's legality is challenged, a chilling portrait of its Guantanamo detainees is offered. (LA Times)

Saudis May Be Released Soon

A number of Saudi suspects being held by the U.S. in Guantanamo Bay may be released soon, al Hayat reports. Sources told the paper the Saudis' changed into the white suits and were transferred from the solitary confinement, indicating they are likely to be released soon. (Al Hayat)

Afghanistan

Taliban Leader Denies Reports of Talks With Govt

A leader of Afghanistan's ousted Taleban movement has rejected as baseless reports that he held reconciliation talks with President Hamid Karzai's government. Maulavi Abdul Kabir, thought now to be No. 2 in the Taleban hierarchy after its fugitive leader Mulla Mohamad Omar, also dismissed reports of rifts among remnants of the hard-line Islamic movement overthrown by U.S.-led forces in late 2001. (Reuters)

COUNTER-TERRORISM

UK Cops Seek High-Tech Anti-Terror Measures

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