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August 24, 2009

1. White House has taken interrogation from CIA's plate and established a new National Security Council-run 'High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group.'

2. Shrinking from the outrage, UK leadership in London says the release of Lockerbie PanAm 103 bomber home to Libya is "too sensitive to comment on."

3. Afghan election results won't be known until some time in September. But turnout reportedly highest in Karzai challenger's region amid claims of vote fraud throughout country.

4. Iran says it is cooperating with IAEA, but the West is skeptical. Iran also says that the Sunni-Shi'a conflict in Yemen, where Iran-back forces are routinely defeated by Sunni al-Qaeda and aligned forces, should have a "political solution."

LOCKERBIE BOMBER RELEASE OUTRAGE
Downing Street says Lockerbie release is too sensitive to comment on - Times Online
Scotch Whisky boycott urged over Lockerbie bomber's release - CNN
Editorial: Justice Undone - IBD

FORMERLY KNOWN AS WAR ON TERROR
White House sets up NSC-run 'High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group' - USA Today
Commentary: The Road to Ruin: To Get Righteous, Get Historical, Not Criminal - ThreatsWatch
Guantanamo Defense Lawyers Being Investigated Over CIA Photos - Wired
Editorial: Picturing The Enemy - IBD
Judge Orders Release of Yemeni Prisoner From Guantanamo - Washington Post

AFGHANISTAN
U.S. Military Says Its Force in Afghanistan Is Insufficient - New York Times
U.S. faces hard choices on Afghanistan war plans - Washington Times
Afghanistan awaits first partial election results - AFP
Vote fraud allegations increase in Afghanistan - USA Today

IRAN
Iran says cooperating with IAEA, West skeptical - Reuters
Iran vows to continue pursuing nuclear rights - Xinhua
Iran to put more anti-Ahmadinejad protesters on trial - AFP
Iran urges political solution to Yemen fighting - Reuters

IRAQ
Iraqi 'bomber confession' aired - BBC

MEXICO
In Mexico, Ambivalence on a Drug Law - New York Times
Mexico frets about California plan to free inmates - AP
New travel alert for Mexico - Examiner

PAKISTAN
Pakistan Police Say Arrest of 13 Militants Prevents Lashkar-e-Jhangvi Terror Attacks - New York Times
Terror raid duo back in Pakistan after UK expulsion - BBC

PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES
Hamas to expel Gaza schoolgirls not wearing Muslim dress - Ha'aretz

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