Video of Captured Britons Shown on Iranian TV


Iran Shows Video of Captured Britons

Iranian state television showed video footage Wednesday of a the servicewoman and a group of seized British sailors and marines. The video showed the sailors and marines eating. The woman, 26-year-old Faye Turney, was shown wearing a white tunic with a black headscarf draped loosely over her hair. (AP)

UK Reveals Iran Dispute Evidence

The Royal Navy says satellite data proves 15 personnel being held in Iran were 1.7 nautical miles inside Iraqi waters when they were seized. (BBC)

Britain Presses Iran; Woman May Be Freed

Britain said it was freezing talks on all other issues with Iran until it freed 15 Royal Navy crew members seized last week, and the British military released what it said was proof its boats were within Iraqi territorial waters when they were seized. (AP)

US Navy in Show of Force Near Iran Waters

The United States Navy on Tuesday began its largest demonstration of force in the Persian Gulf since the 2003 invasion of Iraq, led by a pair of aircraft-carriers and backed by warplanes flying simulated attack manoeuvres off the coast of Iran. (Asian Age)


Foley Back From Rehab; Florida Considering Charges

Florida law enforcement officials are building a possible criminal case against disgraced former Congressman Mark Foley, R-Fla., based on sexually explicit instant messages that were sent from Pensacola, Fla., to an underage high school student, thereby falling under the state's tough law on Internet sexual predators, ABC News has learned. (ABC News)


Officials: Policemen Go on Killing Spree

Off-duty Shiite policemen enraged by massive bombings in the northern town of Tal Afar went on a revenge spree against Sunni residents there on Wednesday, killing at least 45 men execution-style, police and hospital officials said. (AP)

Militants Attack Iraqi, U.S. Forces With Chlorine Bombs

Insurgents with two chlorine truck bombs attacked a local government building in Falluja in western Iraq on Wednesday, the latest in a string of attacks using the poisonous gas, the U.S. military said. (Reuters)

U.S. Senate Backs a Pullout Date in Iraq War Bill

The Senate went on record for the first time on Tuesday in favor of a withdrawal date from Iraq, with Democrats marshaling the votes they needed to deliver a forceful rebuke to President George W. Bush's war policy. (International Herald Tribune)

Baghdad Security Crackdown Overloads Detention Facilities

Hundreds of Iraqis detained in the Baghdad security crackdown have been crammed into two detention centers run by the Defense Ministry that were designed to hold only dozens of people, a government monitoring group said yesterday. (NY Times)


Zimbabwe Opposition Leader Reported To Be Arrested

Police firing tear gas sealed off the headquarters of Zimbabwe's main opposition and arrested the party's leader Wednesday, according to the party and witnesses. (AP)


Militants Attack Pakistani Town

Hundreds of heavily-armed militants have attacked security forces in north-west Pakistan, officials say. (BBC)

Pakistan 'Secret Agents Killed'

Unidentified gunmen have shot dead four officials from Pakistan's secretive ISI intelligence agency in a tribal region bordering Afghanistan, officials say. (BBC)


Taliban Suicide Bomber Kills Four in Afghan Capital

A Taliban suicide bomber on a motorcycle detonated a blast on Wednesday near the car of a senior Afghan intelligence official in a central Kabul business district, killing four civilians. (Reuters)

Analysis: Afghan Journalists Face Growing Pressure

Political talk show host Razaq Mamoon never held back with the cameras rolling. He railed at former warlords now in government and accused Afghanistan's Parliament of being a den of war criminals and drug smugglers. (AP)


Smugglers Toss Hundreds of Africans Overboard

Human smugglers sailing from Somalia to Yemen forced hundreds of illegal immigrants overboard in stormy seas in an effort to escape security forces quickly, officials said Monday. Thirty-one bodies were found, and nearly 90 people remained missing. (AP)


Children Freed By Hostage Takers in Philippines

Hostage-takers armed with grenades freed children they had held captive in a bus for over nine hours in the Philippine capital on Wednesday, live television showed. (AP)

US Offers $5m for Terror Suspect

The US has offered $5m (£2.5m) for the capture of a Malaysian terror suspect accused of involvement in a series of deadly bomb attacks in the Philippines. (BBC)


European Commission Official Arrested For Suspected Corruption

Three Italians, including a European Commission official, have been arrested in a multi-million euro case of suspected corruption involving public tenders for EU buildings, Belgian prosecutors said on Wednesday. (Reuters)


Al Sahab Video Claims to Show Suicide Attack on U.S. Convoy in Afghanistan

A 22-minute video produced by al Sahab, which is known for producing al Qaeda videos, claims to show a suicide attack against a U.S. convoy in Paktika province in Afghanistan last July. The tape is visibly edited around the exact moment of the explosion, raising doubts about whether or the attack succeeded. The new video is similar to a previous al Sahab-produced one released a few weeks ago which showed a young man preparing his own explosives before using them in a suicide attack against U.S. armored vehicles. The video shows the suicide bomber speaking directly to the camera as well as footage of men assembling the explosives and connecting the wires before putting them in the back of the car. (ABC News Investigative Unit)


A Death Embellished

A Congressional hearing may be needed to get an independent evaluation of just who pulled the strings to sugar-coat Pat Tillman's death — a terrible battlefield accident — as an instance of heroism under hostile fire. (NY Times)

Air Strikes for Darfur?

By Brian Brivati

Despite talk of military intervention, the world continues to dither. (Guardian)

Outbreak of Teachers' Demonstrations in Iran

By Jamila Kadivar

Over the past few weeks Iran has witnessed a rise in tensions. However, these tensions were not only caused by issues relating to Iran's foreign policies, the country has had to deal with a number of serious interior issues as well. Aside from the issues relating to workers, students and women, the most important issue last month has been the demonstrations staged by members of the Teachers' Guild Association [Kanun-i senfi-yi moalleman] across the country. (Asharq al Awsat)

Geopolitical Diary: A Jihadist War Against the ISI?

Suspected jihadists in Pakistan's northwestern tribal belt on Tuesday attacked a vehicle belonging to the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), the country's premier intelligence agency. The killings suggest that at least some jihadists have declared war on their former handlers. (Stratfor)

Car-Bombers Defy All Odds

By Mike Davis

Despite heroic reassurances from both the White House and the Pentagon that the six-week-old US escalation in Baghdad and al-Anbar province is proceeding on course, suicide car-bombers continue to devastate Shi'ite and Sunni neighborhoods, often under the noses of reinforced US patrols and checkpoints. (Asia Times)

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