Lebanon: Lebanese Security officials say one of the Islamic militants killed in heavy fighting in the northern city of Tripoli Sunday was a suspect in a failed plot to blow up trains in Germany last year.
Authorities said today (Monday) that the body of Saddam el-Hajdib was found among the bodies of 10 Fatah al-Islam fighters in a building raided by Lebanese troops Sunday.
Officials say el-Hajdib was the fourth-ranking member of the Islamic group.
Lebanese troops clashed today (Monday) for a second day with Islamic extremists. Medical workers say tank shelling killed at least eight civilians in the Nahr el-Bared Palestinian refugee camp.
Officials said today nearly 50 people were killed Sunday, including 27 soldiers and at least 17 militants, along with some civilians.
Afghanistan: President Bush is holding talks with NATO's Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer centering on the increase of violence in Afghanistan.
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Defense Secretary Robert Gates joined Mr. Bush and the NATO chief late Sunday at the president's ranch in Crawford, Texas. Meetings continue today (Monday).
Discussions are focusing on the rising numbers of civilian casualties in Afghanistan, as well as increasing attacks by Taleban militants.
Mounting civilian deaths threaten to erode public support of U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan, and President Hamid Karzai's government. The issue also has raised alarm among NATO's 26 member states.
NATO and American forces say the Taleban often uses civilians as human shields for its fighters, causing many civilian casualties.
Iraq: U.S.-led coalition forces in Iraq say they have rescued five Iraqis held captive and tortured by terrorists.
A coalition statement said troops raided a building today (Monday) northeast of Karmah "during continued operations to disrupt the al-Qaida network operating in the area."
The military statement says troops found four men and a boy in a locked room, and that they had been kidnapped and severely beaten with chains, cables and hoses.
The announcement also said the four men showed signs of torture, and the boy said the terrorists had hooked electrical wires to his tongue and shocked him.
The news release by the U.S.-led coalition says the hostages indicated their captors were foreign fighters who spoke with different accents.
NoKor Rights: An international rights organization says" massive crimes against humanity" are taking place in North Korea's political labor camps.
A report released today (Monday) by U.S.-based Freedom House documents recent interviews with former North Korean political prisoners now living in South Korea. The report says women prisoners are coerced into having sex with guards and prison officials, and are victims of "enforced prostitution" as defined by judges at the Rwanda and Yugoslav tribunals.
The report notes that "prison-labor camps are rife with murder, torture and other inhumane acts" as defined by international law.
It says other crimes include kidnappings, deportation, arbitrary imprisonment and forced labor.
The report calls on the international community to recognize that human rights violations in North Korea are crimes against humanity. It also calls on North Korea to bring the labor camps into compliance with international standards.
Israel – Palestinians: Palestinian medical workers say at least four Islamic Jihad militants were killed today (Monday) in an air strike on their car in northern Gaza.
The Israeli army confirmed the attack in Jabaliya, but provided no details.
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