IRAQ: Security officials say three car bombs killed at least 11 people and wounded at least 46 across Iraq today. Authorities say five people were killed and 15 others wounded when a car bomb exploded outside a hospital in Baghdad's predominantly Shi'ite Sadr City neighborhood. In another attack, police say a car bomb killed four people and wounded 20 near a gas station in the central Shi'ite city of Hillah.
US - GUANTANAMO: A U.S. military tribunal has sentenced Australian Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks to nine months in prison on charges of supporting terrorism. A panel of military officers Friday had recommended a maximum sentence of seven years. His prison sentence is part of a plea agreement reached between Washington and Canberra that will let him serve out his sentence in his home country.
BUSH - ARMY HOSPITAL: President Bush has apologized for poor conditions at an outpatient facility at Walter Reed Army Medical Hospital in Washington, D.C.. Mr. Bush made the remarks Friday during his first visit to Walter Reed since the Washington Post reported problems with the facility last month.
UN - LEBANON: U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon toured a border area of Lebanon today to thank peacekeepers for monitoring the ceasefire after the war last year between Israel and Hezbollah guerrillas. Mr. Ban was briefed by senior commanders and was expected to fly by helicopter to other bases along the border before returning to New York later in the day.
VIETNAM - TRIAL: A key U.S. lawmaker and voice in Congress on human rights issues has condemned the sentencing of a dissident Catholic priest in Vietnam for alleged anti-government activities. On Friday, Congressman Chris Smith called the eight-year jail sentence handed down to Father Nguyen Van Ly as "outrageous and appalling."
THAILAND - POL: Several thousand people took to the streets of Bangkok Friday to voice opposition to military-led rule in Thailand. Protesters gathered outside city offices and listened to speeches from former members of ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra's Thai Rak Thai party.
IRAN - BRITAIN: Iran's ambassador to Russia has renewed a threat Iranian officials made earlier this week, saying 15 detained British sailors and marines could be tried for violating international law. Gholam-Reza Ansari told Russian television that Iran has begun a legal investigation of the British sailors. He said they would be tried if there is evidence of guilt, and they would punished if convicted.
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