iraqi abuse: Military police have launched a new inquiry into allegations that Iraqi prisoners were beaten and abused at a notorious British army base near Basra.
Detectives have already arrested Gary Bartlam, the soldier at the centre of the 2003 scandal at Camp Bread Basket in southern Iraq. - The Sunday Times, London
rice in kenya: US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice does not expect to emerge from her upcoming trip to Kenya with a "final deal" to end the bloody political crisis there.
"But I do think that they (Kenya's leaders) are inching their way closer and they need a little bit of help to get there," White House spokeswoman Dana Perino told reporters yesterday. - Sapa-AFP
Good move: Uganda's Anglican worshippers yesterday praised their archbishop's decision to boycott a global Church meeting owing to a row over gay clergy and same-sex unions.
Archbishop Henry Luke Orombi said on Thursday his bishops would shun the Lambeth Conference in June to protest against invitations sent to leaders of the pro-rights US Episcopal Church to the same summit. - Reuters
egyptian vote: Egyptians will vote on April 8 in local council elections, postponed since 2006 after the Muslim Brotherhood performed better in the parliamentary elections of 2005.
President Hosni Mubarak announced the date yesterday. - Reuters