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It is 23:30 Universal Time. This is Richard Rael reporting from Washington.

[1] American military airplanes have attacked militants loyal to Shiite Muslim religious leader Muqtada al-Sadr in Najaf. Fighting continued there for a sixth day Tuesday. American forces urged civilians to leave Najaf. They also told militants they would be killed if they did not leave the city. American and Iraqi security forces also fought against militants loyal to the religious leader in Baghdad Sadr city area. In other news, the Iraqi government ordered the party of politician Ahmad Chalabi to leave its headquarters in Baghdad. An Iraqi judge has ordered Mr. Chalabi's arrest for reportedly making fake money. A family member Salem Chalabi is wanted on murder charges. The Chalabis say the charges have been brought against them for political reasons.

[2] An American company says the United States government has extended an agreement to carry out questioning for the military. CACI International said the four-month extension is worth more than fifteen million dollars. The value could reach 23 million dollars if the agreement is further extended. Last month former prisoners from Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq brought charges against CACI and another company. The former prisoners say the companys' workers tortured them late last year and earlier this year. CACI says that none of its workers has been charged with any crime in connection with the incidents at Abu Ghraib. The United States military has charged 7 soldiers in connection with reports of torture at the prison.

[3] An Islamic militant group and a Turkish separatist group are both claiming responsibility for bomb explosions at two hotels in Istanbul. 2 people were killed and 11 were wounded in the attack Tuesday. The Abu Hafs al-Masri Brigades made a statement on the internet. The group said it would carry out more attacks in Europe. Hours later, a Kurdish group claimed it attacked the hotels in Istanbul. About an hour after the attacks, at least two bombs exploded at a liquid gas center outside Istanbul. There were no deaths or injuries. Last November, more than 60 people were killed in Istanbul in four bomb attacks. Turkish officials blamed terrorists linked to al-Qaeda.

[4] The American embassy in Sri Lanka closed Tuesday after receiving mail containing a white substance thought to be anthrax bacteria. A spokesman for the American State Department said people were ordered to leave the embassy for safety. He said the substance is being studied to see if it contains any harmful substance. He said it is not yet known when the embassy will be reopened.

[5] In Afghanistan, election officials have released a list of approved candidates for the presidential election. President Hamid Karzai is competing with 17 other politicians on October 9th. Five of 23 people who wanted to campaign for president did not meet all the requirements. Several commanders of private armies are among the candidates. Former Afghan Education Minister Yunus Qanooni is the leading opposition candidate. Some members of Mr. Karzai's cabinet support Mr. Qanooni. Some Afghan militant groups have threatened to interfere with the presidential election.

[6] Diplomats say the United Nations Nuclear Energy Agency has found that some enriched uranium found in Iran came from Pakistan. The discovery by the International Atomic Energy Agency supports Iran's claim that it does not have a secret nuclear weapons program. Reports say the discovery also may harm United States' efforts to get the UN Security Council to order restrictions against Iran. The Islamic Republic has always said the disputed uranium was from equipment bought on the illegal international market and was not uranium that Iran had processed.

[7] Palestinian law makers have blamed Yasser Arafat and the Palestinian authority for failing to restore law and order in the Gaza Strip. A report by the Palestinian legislative council said disorder exists in Gaza because Mr. Arafat and the Palestinian authority have not made a political decision to end it. The report also calls for the resignation of Prime Minister Ahmed Qorei 's government. And it calls for new elections to be held. Also the report urges militants to stop using Palestinian homes in Gaza to launch rockets into Israel.

[8] The United Nations says Sudan has launched new helicopter attacks in the western Darfur area. The attacks are believed to have taken place during recent clashes with Darfur rebels. UN officials say the latest violence caused more people to flee their homes. UN officials also say an armed Arab group known as the Janjaweed continues to attack displaced people in all three states in Darfur. Violence in the area had eased since an April ceasefire between the Sudanese government and the two rebel groups.

[9] In another development, the Netherlands says it will transport Rwandan troops to Darfur beginning Saturday. A Dutch official said about 150 Rwandan soldiers will work to protect ceasefire observers from the African Union in Darfur.

[10] The United States Navy says a military airplane and four crew members are missing near Japan's southeastern Iwo Jima Island. A navy spokesman said Tuesday the spy plane took off from an aircraft carrier ship on a training operation. The four crew members and the plane are all listed as missing.

Again,the hour's top news in brief.

American military planes have attacked militants loyal to Shiite Muslim religious leader Muqtada al-Sadr in Najaf. The American embassy in Sri Lanka closed Tuesday after receiving mail containing a white substance thought to be anthrax bacteria. And in Afghanistan, election officials have released a list of approved candidates for the presidential election.

This has been Richard Rael reporting.
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