N. Korea Extracts Weapons Fuel?

Three men have gone on trial in Paris on terrorism charges for their alleged links to convicted shoe-bomber Richard Reid. (VOA)

Sweden

Iraqi Pair Jailed For Terror Plots

A Stockholm court has convicted two Iraqis of plotting and financing a massive suicide bombing campaign in their home country and sentenced them to long prison sentences and deportation. (AFP)

Turkey

European Court Rules Ocalan Trial Unfair

Kurdish rebel leader did not receive a fair trial in Turkey, the European court of human rights rules. (The Guardian)

Kuwait

Kuwait Lists Charges Against Hussein, Aides

Kuwaiti prosecutors have drawn up a list of charges against ousted Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and hundreds of his former officials for alleged war crimes committed during Iraq's occupation of this Persian Gulf nation, an official said Wednesday. (LA Times)

IRAQ NEWS

Iraq: Al Zarqawi Seriously Injured, Says Iraqi Official

The Jordanian militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is "serious injured, possibly dead" according to Colonel Fouad Hani Hassan, commander of the fifth division of the Iraqi armed forces, cited by Elaph, a popular website in the Arab world. Al-Zarqawi, considered al-Qaeda's leader in Iraq, is believed to have been injured in the major offensive U.S.-led forces have been carrying out in the western Anbar province over the last few days. (ADNKI)

Elaph is reporting according to U.S. diplomatic sources in Amman that US military intelligence officers asked Jordanian authorities for al Zarqawi's blood type (because he was imprisoned in Jordan in 1999) The sources said that "it's possible to say with certainty this time that 'the big fish' is suffering from direct gun shots." They said U.S. forces are only steps away from catching him. Other sources said there was a possibility that he's already dead and that his body may have been found after an operation near al Qa'em, north of Iraq in the past two days. Elaph says there may be an announcement within days about his death or capture. (ABCNEWS)

Baghdad Shaken By Fresh Attacks

At least 15 people, including an army general and police colonel, die in another day of violence in Iraq. (BBC)

Suicide Strikes

At least 370 people have been killed in Iraq in the past two weeks, but the violence stretches back. (The Guardian)

Lawless Iraq Is 'Key Drug Route'

Drug smugglers exploiting internal chaos in Iraq have turned the country into a transit route for Afghan heroin, an influential drug agency says. (BBC)

ANALYSIS & OPINION

Getting at North Korea Through China

The first big task for the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations may be trying to talk China into supporting sanctions against North Korea. (NPR)

Despite U.S. Attempts, N. Korea Anything but Isolated

Country's Regional Trade Boom Hints At Split Between Administration, E. Asia. (Washington Post)

Politics In A Bloody Mist

Even by Iraqi standards, yesterday was a terrible day. At least 71 people lost their lives in several suicide bombings, outside Kirkuk in the north, in Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit and in Baghdad. (The Guardian)

Terror Requires A Homegrown Political Solution

Speaking from Brazil yesterday, Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, insisted "there is no anarchy in Iraq." Against the backdrop of the latest human carnage, which in the space of two bloody weeks has seen more than 400 innocent people brutally murdered in Iraq, he might have chosen his words more carefully. (The Daily Star)

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