1. Russia's Vladimir Putin has agreed to provide weapons and nuclear technology to Hugo Chavez and Venezuela as well as embark on a joint oil development venture between the two as ties deepen.
2. China's Sinopec Oil has bought Syria's Tanganyika Oil for $2 billion and should begin developing fields in Syria soon. Meanwhile, Venezuela has agreed to boost oil exports to China by 25%.
3. While the Pakistani investigation into the Marriott bombing continues, the United Nations may soon pull its people out of Pakistan.
4. Two suspected Somali terrorists were arrested by German police after boarding a flight to Amsterdam. In their apartment were found notes indicating the pair wanted to die for the "jihad."
Russia forces West to go it alone against Iran nuclear programme - Telegraph
Timeline (Basic): Iran nuclear standoff - Guardian
CodePink Activists Talk Love, Not War, With Iranian President - FOX News
Iraq launches major offensive against Qaeda - Alsumaria Iraqi TV Network
How to Understand Reports of Infighting Within the Iraqi Awakening Movement - FDD
More Political Progress in Iraq - Commentary Magazine
Marriott Tragedy: No Illusions! - The News (Pak)
Brigade 313: Al-Qaeda, HUJI, LJ nexus suspected in Marriott attack - The News (Pak)
Is Fidayeen-e-Islam claim for responsibility a cover up? - The News (Pak)
Pakistan says 5 top militants among 1,000 dead - AFP
U.S., Pakistan troops exchange fire on Afghanistan border - Los Angeles Times
Pakistan, US blow hot and cold over flare-up - DAWN
Context: Shots And Salt: Measured in Grains - ThreatsWatch
United Nations May Remove Staff From Pakistan - Sky News
Govt won’t enforce ‘true’ Shariah in Malakand - The Post (Pak)
Russia Offers Venezuela's Chavez Weapons, Nuclear Cooperation - Bloomberg
Venezuela, Russia join forces on oil ventures - The Australian
Chinese military planes for Venezuela - Press TV (Iran)
Venezuela to Boost Crude Oil Exports to China by 25% - Bloomberg