ABC News Exclusive: The Secret War Against Iran

Iran and Britain signalled possible ways out of the standoff over 15 detained British soldiers on Monday, with Tehran promising to stop airing video confessions and Britain saying it was willing to discuss ways to avoid future confusion regarding the Persian Gulf boundary. (Dawn)

The Botched US Raid that Led to the Hostage Crisis

A failed American attempt to abduct two senior Iranian security officers on an official visit to northern Iraq was the starting pistol for a crisis that 10 weeks later led to Iranians seizing 15 British sailors and Marines. (Belfast Telegraph)

IRAN/U.S.

U.S. Ex-FBI Man 'Missing In Iran'

The US government says it is asking Tehran for information about a former FBI agent thought to have gone missing in Iran several weeks ago. (BBC)

U.K.

Cocaine Baron Jailed for 30 Years

The boss of a lucrative international cocaine smuggling empire has been jailed for 30 years. (BBC)

Man Accused of Hacking Faces Extradition

A British man accused of hacking U.S. military and NASA computer systems lost a High Court challenge Tuesday to avoid extradition to the United States. (AP)

MI6 Cold War Spy Revealed As 'Big Fish' Double Agent

Hitler had just been defeated, Stalin was victorious and Viktor Bogomolets was down on his luck. After more than three decades spying for British intelligence, Bogomolets, who began working for MI6 shortly after the Russian revolution, was curtly informed that he had been stripped of his British citizenship. (The Guardian)

U.S.

Pharmacists React to Drug Error Report

Pharmacists reacted strongly to the recent ABC News investigation into errors at big chain drugstores, in comments left on the ABC News Web site. (ABC News)

Chicago Police Head Retires Amid Scandal

Chicago's police superintendent announced Monday he would retire early as his department tries to deal with two highly publicized videotaped beatings involving off-duty police officers. (AP)

Marine Opposed to War Ordered Discharged

A Marine lance corporal who said he had an aversion to killing and participating in war must be released from the military as a conscientious objector, a federal judge ruled. (AP)

SUDAN

Rebel Ambush in Darfur Kills 5 African Union Peacekeepers in Deadliest Attack on the Force

Five African Union peacekeepers were killed in a brazen rebel ambush in Darfur less than a mile from their base along Sudan's border with Chad on Sunday evening, the African Union said Monday. (NY Times)

China Raises Darfur as Boosts Ties with Sudan

China has offered Sudan increased military cooperation, but also nudged the African nation towards a compromise on the Darfur crisis where hundreds of thousands are believed to have died. (Reuters)

ANALYSIS & OPINION

Iran Emboldened: Tehran Seeks to Dominate Middle East Politics

By Peter Brookes

With the creeping possibility of a nuclear breakout, its vigorous sponsorship of international terrorism and its escalating intervention next door in Iraq, the Islamic Republic of Iran is a triple threat — at least — to international security and America's Middle Eastern interests. (Heritage Foundation)

The Re-emergence of Iraq's Top Shiite Cleric

Top Iraqi Shiite cleric Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani opposes a new draft law that would allow thousands of former members of the Baath party to return to public life, Reuters reported on Monday, citing an unnamed al-Sistani aide based in the southern Iraqi city of An Najaf. (Stratfor)

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