Iraq Anfal Trial: Iraq's High Tribunal has sentenced Saddam Hussein's cousin, known as "Chemical Ali," to death by hanging for his role in the 1980s scorched-earth campaign against Kurds.
Ali Hassan al-Majid was nicknamed "Chemical Ali" because of his responsibility for a poison gas attack on the Kurdish town of Halabja in 1988.
The court also handed down the death penalty for two other defendants, the former deputy director of operations for the Iraqi armed forces, Rashid Mohammed, and former Defense Minister Sultan Hashim Ahmad al-Tai.
Two former intelligence officials (Farhan Mutlaq Saleh, Sabir al-Douri) were given life in prison.
The court dropped charges against a former governor of the northern city of Mosul (, Taher al-Ani,) for lack of evidence.
Lebanon: Lebanese security officials say at least 10 people were killed overnight in fighting between government troops and Islamic extremists in the northern port city of Tripoli.
Authorities said today (Sunday) at least six militants and a soldier were killed, along with a police officer and two members of his family.
The clash broke out late Saturday when troops raided the apartment of a militant in the Abu Samra neighborhood.
The fighting is the first in Tripoli itself between security forces and militants since late May, when a siege at the nearby Nahr al-Bared Palestinian refugee camp began.
On Saturday, three Lebanese soldiers were killed when a hidden explosive detonated at the camp.
The blast occurred as Lebanese forces dismantled bombs, booby traps and land mines left by Islamic militants.
Israel – Palestinians: The Israeli Cabinet has approved the release of Palestinian tax money to support Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas against rival Hamas.
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert asked the Cabinet today (Sunday) to release around 600 million dollars in tax revenues withheld since the militant group Hamas swept Palestinian parliamentary elections in January of 2006.
Mr. Olmert is expected to announce a package of benefits for the moderate Fatah government when he meets in Egypt Monday with Mr. Abbas, President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt and Jordon's King Abdullah.
Israel's Cabinet is also expected to discuss removing some of the hundreds of roadblocks Israel has erected throughout the West Bank put in place for security. Palestinians say the roadblocks are excessive and punitive.
Britain Politics: Britain's finance minister, Gordon Brown, replaces Tony Blair today (Sunday) as head of the governing Labor Party.
A specially convened conference in (Britain's northern city of) Manchester today (Sunday) will name Brown as party leader ahead of his becoming British prime minister Wednesday.
In a British (BBC) television interview today, Brown said anyone serving in his government must support the ruling Labor Party's public positions.
Also today, a poll in Britain's "Observer" newspaper put support for Labor at 39 percent, and for the Conservative Party at 36 percent. Forty percent of surveyed voters said Brown would make a more capable prime minister than his Conservative rival, David Cameron, who was favored by just 22 percent of respondents. National elections are expected to be held in 2009 or 2010.
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