al-Qaeda Leader Dead

  • The second-in-command of al-Qaeda in Iraq is dead. U.S. forces confirmed on Tuesday that Abdullah Abu Azzam was shot during a raid in Baghdad. Abu Azzam was a top aide to al-Qaeda leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, and was believed to have commanded day-to-day operations in Iraq. CBC News

  • The former head of the Concorde program has been put under judicial investigation in connection with the 2000 crash of the supersonic jet that killed 113 people, state-run media reported Tuesday, citing judicial officials. A judicial investigation is normally a first step towards eventual criminal charges under French law. CNN News

  • While much of Texas and Louisiana dodged the worst of Hurricane Rita, the damage to some small, rural towns was virtually complete — and the storm was being blamed for new deaths long after it moved away. CTV News

  • World crude oil prices eased today, after a rally Monday driven by concerns about damage to U.S. refineries caused by Hurricane Rita. There were slight decreases in most petroleum products Monday, including home heating oil and gasoline. CBC News

  • A bomb exploded at a small hydroelectric station in northern Spain Tuesday morning, causing light damage to the facility, a federal government spokesman said. The bomb exploded near the town of Anon de Moncayo, about 200 miles (325 kilometers) north of Madrid. CNN News

  • Opponents of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's Gaza pullout said Tuesday they would keep trying to oust him and quash his peace efforts, a day after the Israeli premier narrowly survived a challenge to his leadership of the governing Likud Party. CTV News

  • A congressional panel on Tuesday is expected to scrutinize the decision to keep ousted Federal Emergency Management Agency chief Michael Brown on the federal payroll. CNN News

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