Questions Surround Newsweek Report

A court in Saudi Arabia sentences three prominent reform activists to jail for up to nine years for "sedition". (BBC)

Yemen

Two al Qaeda Members Sentenced in Yemen

A Yemeni court convicted two men Saturday for being al-Qaida members and President Ali Abdullah Saleh offered amnesty to jailed followers of a slain rebel cleric if they renounce their extremist ideas, officials said. (AP)

IRAQ NEWS

Bodies of 38 Murdered Iraqis Found

The bodies of 38 men shot execution-style were found in three different places in Iraq yesterday as U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice made an unannounced visit to try to reach out to minority Sunnis. (Arab News)

Secret Emails, Missing Weapons

In an exclusive interview, a former arms inspector tells Antony Barnett that, a year after the Kelly affair, a spy chief tried to 'sex up' his Iraq report. (The Guardian)

Top Iraqi Bureaucrat Assassinated

Gunmen assassinated a top Iraqi Foreign Ministry official yesterday in a drive-by shooting in the capital as the US military pronounced its weeklong offensive near the Syrian border over. (Arab News)

Marines Wrap Up Assault in West Iraq

Troops estimate they killed 125 fighters and captured 39 suspects in their weeklong offensive that sent the remaining rebels fleeing into Syria. (LA Times)

Bin Laden Henchman 'Seriously Wounded'

Iraq's most wanted terrorist, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, has been seriously wounded, according to a doctor who claims to have treated him last week. (London Times)

A senior U.S. military official in Baghdad told ABC News does not believe any of the rumors about al Zarqawi being injured were true.

Marine's Shooting of Iraqis Justified, Probe Concludes

A Marine officer who killed two Iraqi prisoners should be cleared of dereliction of duty and murder charges that carried a possible death sentence, a formal military probe has concluded. (Washington Post)

'Martyrs' In Iraq Mostly Saudis

Web Sites Track Suicide Bombings. (Washington Post)

The Story of Two Saudis Who Went to Fight in Iraq

Two Saudis who entered Iraq through Syria to fight the U.S. forces there, went back to Saudi Arabia after they were told they either have to carry out suicide attacks or go back home. Al Hayat says the Saudis were met on the Syrian-Iraqi borders by a network that receives volunteer fighters. A few days later they met "the emir of the fighters." He told them there are a number of car bombs ready for suicide operations. They refused to do it and decided to go back to Saudi Arabia. (Al Hayat)

Four Palestinians Confess On Iraqi TV

Four Palestinians confessed on Iraqi television that they carried out an attack with a car bomb in Baghdad killing 15 people. (Asharq al Awsat)

Rice Makes Surprise Iraq Visit As Violence Rages

US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice flew to Baghdad to give the new Iraqi government a strong vote of confidence, even as dozens of corpses were found in a grisly sign of rampant insecurity. (AFP)

Some Sunnis Hint at Peace Terms in Iraq, U.S. Says

The Bush administration, struggling to cope with a recent intensification of insurgent violence in Iraq, has received signals from some radical Sunni Arab leaders that they would abandon fighting if the new Shiite majority government gave Sunnis a significant voice in the country's political evolution, administration officials said this week. (NY Times)

Saddam 'To Write Memoirs'

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