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October 2, 2009

1. President Obama speaks with Afghanistan commander General McChrystal for 25 minutes aboard Air Force One enroute to Copenhagen to pitch Chicago Olympic bid.

2. Administration claims progress in talks with Iran on its nuclear program, but the events and rhetoric closely mirror early stages of the EU's years-long failed negotiation.

3. US reportedly has delayed face-to-face talks with North Korea as Six Party Talks member states express reservations. North Korea also rejected South Korean proposal aimed at nuclear disarmament as "ridiculous."

4. With the administration under intense fire over the abandonment of missile defense agreements made with Poland and the Czech Republic, Pentagon announces that it will have a domestic US shield against Iranian missiles up by 2010. Previously, had said that Iran poses no long range threat.

AFGHANISTAN
YON: The Greatest Afghan War - Washington Times
White House Eying Narrower War Effort - Washington Post
Obama Meets With McChrystal - New York Times
McChrystal Now Just One of Many Leaders as Obama Rethinks Strategy - FOX News
Performers fight Taliban by poking fun - Washington Times

ARGENTINA
Argentina's Menem charged with obstructing Jewish center bomb probe - AFP

IRAN
Tehran Unwilling to Compromise Despite American Overtures - Der Spiegel
Iran, Major Powers Reach Agreement On Series of Points - Washington Post
Q+A: What's behind Geneva agreement on Iran's enriched uranium? - Reuters
'The West Has No Good Options with Iran' - Der Spiegel
Clinton calls Iran talks 'productive' - AFP
Three pressure points to make Iran crumble - Times (UK)
At a glance: Sanctions on Iran - Dallas Morning News
U.S. lawmakers vote to punish Iran's fuel suppliers - Reuters
Israelis Say Iran Report Boosts Case for Hard Line - Wall Street Journal

ISRAEL
Obama agrees to keep Israel's nukes secret - Washington Times
Female prisoners released to West Bank, Gaza for hostage IDF soldier video - Ynet News

NORTH KOREA
U.S. delays bilateral dialogue with North Korea - Hankyoreh (South Korea)
Fresh South Korea nuclear proposal 'ridiculous': North - Reuters

PAKISTAN
Billions sent to Pakistan for military; only millions get to army - Washington Times

RUSSIA
Russia: Iran missile tests no reason for sanctions - Reuters

UNITED STATES
Pentagon Officials Say Missile Defense Shift 'Not About Russia' - FOX News
Pentagon sees U.S. defense in 2010 for Iran rockets - Reuters

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