N. Korea Extracts Weapons Fuel?

INVESTIGATIONS

N. Korea

North Koreans Claim to Extract Fuel for Nuclear Weapons

North Korea said Wednesday that it had harvested a nuclear reactor for weapons fuel, the country's latest effort to put pressure on the Bush administration and its allies. (NY Times)

North Korea Suspected of Bluffing

The Pentagon says it cannot confirm or disprove North Korea's claim that it has harvested a nuclear reactor, while other intelligence experts were sceptical that Pyongyang's action, even if it was true, would significantly increase its weapons stockpile. (Sydney Morning Herald)

Kuwait

Kuwait Tightens Security At Energy Sites, Embassies

Kuwait yesterday beefed up security around strategic energy and other installations in the state, security sources said. (Gulf Times)

Asharq al Awsat reports that Kuwait received information from another country indicating there's a threat of an attack on al Shuweikh port using a boat.

Iran

Iran 'Could Maintain Nuclear Freeze'

Iran could back away from threat to immediately resume controversial nuclear activities, diplomats say. (The Guardian)

Tough European Warning To Iran

European diplomats warn Iran over restarting nuclear enrichment, saying the results would be negative. (BBC)

U.S.

Capitol Cleared In Plane Alert

U.S. Capitol building and White House briefly evacuated after small plane enters restricted airspace over Washington. (The Guardian)

Afghanistan

4 Die in Afghan Protests Over Reported U.S. Abuse of Koran

Newsweek article about events in Guantanamo Bay enrage Muslims in Jalalabad. Washington says it is investigating 'repugnant' allegations. (LA Times)

Oil-for-Food Investigation

Galloway Accepts Washington Call

British MP George Galloway is invited to appear before US senators to answer charges he received oil allocations from Saddam Hussein. (BBC)

Hussein Gave Oil to French and British Officials, Senate Panel Says

A Senate committee has disclosed evidence it says shows that senior Iraqi officials under Saddam Hussein awarded the right to buy millions of barrels of Iraqi oil to Charles Pasqua, the former French interior minister, and to George Galloway, a recently re-elected member of the British Parliament. The evidence is in a 96-page report, with previously undisclosed Iraqi documents and excerpts from interviews with former Iraqi officials, which was issued yesterday by the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. (NY Times)

Somalia

Somali Warlords Deploy Gunmen Amid Attack Fears

Somali warlords yesterday began deploying hundreds of fighters in villages in central Somalia following a reported incursion there by Ethiopian troops, militia leaders and witnesses said. (AFP)

U.K.

Indignation Grows in U.S. Over British Prewar Documents

Critics of Bush call them proof that he and Blair never saw diplomacy as an option with Hussein. (LA Times)

LEGAL DEVELOPMENTS

U.S.

Abu Ghraib U.S. Colonel Reprimanded

A top U.S. commander at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq — where detainees were abused by American guards — has been reprimanded and fined $8,000 (£4,274). (BBC)

Indonesia

Indonesian Prosecutors Recommend Four-Year Jail Sentence For Top Terror Suspect's Wife

Indonesian prosecutors on Thursday recommended a four-year jail sentence for the wife of Noordin Mohamed Top, an alleged leader of the terror group Jemaah Islamiyah and mastermind of several bomb attacks. (The Star)

France

Three Men on Trial in Paris for Alleged Terror Links

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