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In clashes between native groups armed with spears and development interests packing guns, Peru has seen at least 50 people die and hundreds go missing after President Alan Garcia initiated a campaign to open the rain forest to foreign investors.

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Jill Carroll, the 28-year-old Christian Science Monitor freelancer who was held captive in Iraq for almost three months earlier this year, has gone public for the first time with the story of her ordeal. She recalls beseeching one of her captors to use a gun to kill her -- rather than a knife -- when it seemed her execution was imminent.

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The Iraqi civil war rages on, and the traditional media continue to ignore it. Also, the young kidnapped American reporter is given 72 hours to live. | story

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Twenty-eight-year-old freelance reporter Jill Carroll is the first American female journalist to be kidnapped during the war. | story

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