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Sunday, February 22, 2009


Abu Ghraib Reopens

Iraq's infamous Abu Ghraib prison has reopened, with a new name and official promises Saturday of humane treatment in a lockup notorious as a center for abuse -- under Saddam Hussein as well as the U.S. military. Judicial authorities showed off the renovated compound during a tour for journalists that included a sewing room, exercise equipment, computers, a library, outdoor recreational areas, greenhouses and a barbershop.

Officials defend their decision to reopen the facility -- now called Baghdad Central Prison -- saying they need the space as the U.S. military hands over about 15,000 detainees in its custody to the Iraqis, under a security agreement that took effect Jan. 1.

Crash Killed 4, Not 7

The British military said this week that a collision between an armored military vehicle and a bus transporting Shiite pilgrims in the southern Iraqi city of Basra on Tuesday night killed four people, not seven, as it originally reported.

British officials also disputed an assertion by an Iraqi army official who said British soldiers opened fire after the crash, believing they were being ambushed.

-- Ernesto LondoƱo


Rockets Fired at Israel

Two rockets were fired from southern Lebanon toward northern Israel, triggering an Israeli response and raising fears of renewed hostilities on the tense border.

Lebanese leaders rushed to condemn the rocket attack and vowed not to allow southern Lebanon to become a launching pad for attacks against the Jewish state.

The brief cross-border exchange was the third this year. Israel and the militant group Hezbollah fought a 33-day war in the region in 2006.

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