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April 29, 2009

1. Three men in Britain were cleared of charges of planning the July 7th London bombings by a UK court. Two of the three, however, will be sentenced for conspiring to attend an al-Qaeda terrorist training camp.

2. Pakistani government says it has retaken a key town in the Buner district which was overrun by Taliban from neighboring Swat after a 'peace deal' was signed that included Taliban sharia law in Swat.

3. Back in Somalia after exile to Eritrea since 2007, al-Qaeda-trained Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys rebuffed offers of talks with government and called African Union peacekeepers 'bacteria' in Somalia and said they should be removed. Meanwhile, Somali insurgents launched attacks on AU peacekeeper bases throughout Somalia.

AFGHANISTAN
Australia adds 450 troops in Afghanistan - CNN International
Britain to Add 700 Troops to Afghan War - New York Times

GAZA STRIP
Venezuela, Palestinian Authority Establish Diplomatic Ties - Wall Street Journal
Britain raps 'unbalanced' UN rights Gaza report - AFP
Controversial speaker calls Gaza 'massacre' - The Daily Texan

IRAQ
Triple car bomb strikes in Baghdad's Shia Sadr City district - BBC

LEBANON
Lebanon tribunal orders release of pro-Syria generals held in Hariri assassination probe - Reuters

PAKISTAN
Pakistan retakes Buner town from Taliban - UPI
Taliban Advance in Pakistan Prompts Shift by U.S. - Washington Post
Queries over Pakistan's ability to hold onto terrain - Radio Australia
Nawaz Sharif challenges hijacking conviction before SC in bid to run in elections - DAWN (Pakistan)
Convulsions: The Grand Debate In Pakistan Over Taliban Threat - DAWN (Pakistan)

SOMALIA
Shifts in Somalia as exile returns: AQ-Trained Ahweys wants AU Peacekeeper 'Bacteria' out - BBC
Somalia Opposition Leader Calls for Removal of AU Peacekeepers - VOA
Insurgents attack AU peacekeeping bases in Somalia - AP

UNITED KINGDOM
British Court Clears 3 Men of Planning July 7th London Bombings - New York Times
2 of the 3 to be Sentenced for Conspiring to Attend AQ Terror Camp - BBC

UNITED STATES
Swine flu kills first victim in US: Mexican toddler in Texas - Los Angeles Times

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