News: 31-Aug-09

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  1. Qaeda boasts Saudi bomber evaded checkpoints
    DUBAI – Al-Qaeda has boasted that the suicide bomber who tried to kill the Saudi deputy interior minister had managed to pass security checkpoints and to board a private aircraft, SITE Intelligence said on Sunday.
  2. US military still holding 9,000 Iraqi prisoners
    The US military still holds about 9,000 Iraqi detainees, despite the fact that it is obliged to release or hand over the custody of all Iraqi prisoners under a Washington-Baghdad interim security pact.
  3. Offensive cartoons against Muslims edited out
    Editors of a new US book on the controversy over cartoons caricaturing Muslims and the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) have triggered a storm by deciding not to reprint the 12 sketches for fear of new violence.
  4. Shia activist denounces pressure against Shias in Saudi Arabia
    Saudi opposition, Ali al-Yami, condemned pressure of Saudi authorities against groups of shias.
  5. Saudi militant confesses to terrorism in Iraq
    A suspected al-Qaeda militant from Saudi Arabia has confessed to having been trained by Syrian intelligence agents to act against Iraq’s national security.
  6. Gunmen kill 8, wound 4 in Mexico
    At least 8 people have been killed and 4 others injured in a shooting in northwestern Mexico.
  7. Yemen bombs Shia areas despite UN warning
    The Yemeni military says its fighter jets have continued bombing northern Saada province, killing an influential Zaidi Shia leader in Bani Muadh district.
  8. Germany warns Iran of more serious sanctions
    Germany warns Iran that Western powers will take “more serious steps” to impose energy and financial sanctions on the country if its nuclear talks are not resumed.
  9. France and Saudi Arabia to Sign Nuclear Cooperation Deal
    Paris, Asharq Al-Awsat- French sources have told Asharq Al-Awsat that French President Nicola Sarkozy will visit Saudi Arabia in November, his third visit to the country since he became president. High on his agenda during his visit is the signing of an agreement on peaceful nuclear cooperation between Saudi Arabia and France.
  10. Iraq seeks return of 19 MIG fighters from Serbia
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq is negotiating the return of 19 fighter jets that Saddam Hussein’s regime sent to Serbia for servicing at the end of the 1980s during the Iran-Iraq war, the Iraqi Defense Ministry said.

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