" hspace=2 src="/lao/images/ap_iraq_Baghdad_curfew_26feb06_eng_195.jpg" width=210 align=left vspace=2 border=0>Iraq: Iraqi authorities have lifted a daytime curfew imposed on Baghdad and three provinces to end days of sectarian bloodshed following the bombing of a revered Shi'ite shrine. Traffic was back to normal, and people were seen moving freely in Baghdad today (Monday).
A nighttime curfew will remain in effect in the capital and surrounding provinces (Salaheddin, Babil and Diyala).
Despite the strict security measures, insurgents killed at least 29 people Sunday, including three American soldiers in bombings, shootings and mortar attacks.
Saudi Clash: Saudi Arabia's Interior Ministry says the kingdom's security forces killed five men early today (Monday) and arrested a sixth in their continuing hunt for militants involved in last week's failed attempt to bomb an oil refinery.
An official statement says the five suspected terrorists were shot to death during a clash with government troops in a residential area of (eastern) Riyadh.
The Interior Ministry says troops stormed a house where the five men were hiding. The sixth man was taken into custody in a separate raid in another area of the capital.
Afghanistan Prison Riot: Afghan police and troops backed by tanks have surrounded a high-security prison in Kabul today (Monday) to control an uprising by Taleban and al-Qaida inmates.
Afghanistan's deputy justice minister (Mohammed Qasim Hashimzai) says more than one thousand men armed with makeshift weapons are in control of a large part of the Pul-e-Charkhi prison.
The official says most of the rioters are either Taleban militants or members of the al-Qaida terror network.
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