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August 21, 2009

1. Outrage continues as Scotland frees Pan AM 103 bomber on grounds of 'mercy.' Terrorist welcomed as a returning hero in Libya. Banner on boarding steps in UK read "Next Time... Relax before you fly."

2. Vote in Afghanistan concluded. President Karzai and challenger likely to require a second round run-off.

3. Ahmadinejad appoints a terror suspect wanted by Interpol as Defense Minister. Also today, leading Guardian Council cleric calls for the arrest of the opposition, including presidential candidate Mousavi.

4. In Somalia, what's left of government forces and al-Qaeda franchise al-Shabaab clash in pitched battles in Mogadishu. Al-Shabaab insurgent terrorists simultaneously over-ran and took control of city well south of Mogadishu.

OUTRAGE: LOCKERBIE TERRORIST FREED
How the Release of the Lockerbie Bomber Happened - FOX News
Lockerbie bomber release stirs diplomatic row - AP
White House: Lockerbie bomber's Libyan welcome home "disturbing" - Reuters
US families of Lockerbie victims plan next move - Forbes
Michigan families hurt by release of Lockerbie bomber - Detroit News
Early release of Lockerbie bomber pains Valley families - Arizona Republic
Lockerbie Bomber Fails Forgiveness Test - ABC

AFGHANISTAN
Afghans turn out to vote despite violence - Daily Times (Pakistan)
Karzai, rival both bullish on Afghan vote results - MSNBC
Beyond 'Purple Power' In Afghanistan: Tough Questions Ahead for Obama - FOX News
Marine to receive Navy Cross for bravery in Afghanistan - Los Angeles Times
The Death of Baitullah Mehsud: A View from Afghanistan - Jamestown Foundation

CANADA
Convicted terrorist won't get Canadian passport - Ottawa Citizen
Canadian military at work on pirate detector - Globe and Mail

IRAN
Terror suspect tapped as Iran defense minister - Washington Times
UN urged to tell all on Iran atomic work, say diplomats - Reuters
Iran gives IAEA more access to nuclear sites - CS Monitor
Context of Move: Sources: UN watchdog hiding evidence on Iran nuclear weapons program - Ha'aretz (Israel)
Iran Cleric Wants Opposition Leaders Detained - VOA

MEXICO
Mexico decriminalizes small-scale drug possession - AP
Top Mexican drug dealers among dozens indicted in U.S. - Los Angeles Times
State Dept. issues alert on travel to Mexico President's home state of Michoacan - Philadelphia Inquirer

PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES
About Time: Hamas faces allegations of Gaza prisoner abuse - Al-Jazeera

PAKISTAN
US Drone Strike on Taliban Stronghold in North Waziristan Kills 12 - New York Times
French tourist freed after Pakistan kidnapping - AFP
Obama Goes Farthest: 'We took out' Baitullah Mehsud - Daily Times

SOMALIA
Somali forces battling al Qaeda-linked militants, al-Shabaab seizes town - CNN

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