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1. US officials say that Iran and al-Qaeda are in secret negotiations to settle the release of top al-Qaeda terrorists, including bin Laden's sons, under 'house arrest' in Iran since they fled Afghanistan following the US invasion of 2001.

2. Secretary Chertoff reasserted that Iran's Hizballah terrorist organization makes al-Qaeda look "minor league" and poses a greater threat to US security and interests. This as Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi credited the end of fighting in Basra to "the goodwill of the Iranians."

3. The American NATO forces commander in Afghanistan criticized Pakistan's light approach to Taliban and al-Qaeda fighters over the border saying, “Over time, when there has been dialogue, or peace deals, the incidents [in Afghanistan] have gone up."

4. In Canada, the Wilfrid Laurier University awarded a top 'entrepreneurial award' to a student who the FBI charges "set up enterprises to acquire $22,000 worth of sensitive warship-building software" for the Tamil Tigers as well as facilitated smuggling to aid them in Sri Lanka.

AL-QAEDA
Officials: Iran, al-Qaeda in Secret Talks - ABC
CIA Director Hayden Cites Big Gains Against Al-Qaeda - Washington Post

HIZBALLAH
Chertoff: Hizballah Makes Al-Qaeda Look 'Minor League,' Is Greatest Security Threat - FOX
Lebanon in the Hands of the [Iranian] Faqih - Dar Al Hayat

AFGHANISTAN
NATO Chief in Afghanistan Says Pakistan’s Tack on Militants Is Not as Expected - NY Times
Canadians fight to figure out who is real enemy in Afghanistan - The Ottawa Citizen

CANADA
Terror suspect wins entrepreneurial award at Canadian university - Globe and Mail

IRAN
Larijani warns IAEA that Iran could revise cooperation - AFP
Nuclear Proliferation and Iran's Endless Filibuster - The Economist

IRAQ
President Talabani tells Hizballah: Don't mess with Iraq - Ya Libnan
Iraq's Appeals for Debt Relief Stir Little Arab Response - New York Sun

PAKISTAN
Pakistan's A.Q. Khan now disowns 2004 confession on nuke black market - Guardian

RUSSIA
Georgia-Russia Fight Moves to Security Council - New York Sun

SYRIA
Syria dismisses Israeli demand to ditch Iran - Daily Times

UNITED KINGDOM
Time to talk to al-Qaeda, senior UK police chief urges - Guardian

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