News and Analysis (12/26/08)

Escapees are suspected of having al-Qaeda links amid escalating violence, a PM’s cancellation of a trip to Iran, and political turmoil:

“[E]ven as it opens the border to allow much-needed supplies into Gaza,”

The “first significant outburst of sectarian violence since the peace pact was signed” leaves Abyei “smoldering:”

Japan, which “has not engaged in combat since” WWII may “soon follow suit” in the battle against piracy:

A self-proclaimed “modern” Muslim pronounces chastity before marriage as “shameful:”

The mobilization against India is “expected to frustrate the United States:”

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