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U.S.

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New York State Attorney General Conducted Two-Year Probe (ABC News)

NBC: U.S. Citizen Accused of Aiding Al-Zarqawi

American held since 2004 allegedly plotted attacks on Westerners in Iraq (NBC News)

U.S. Citizen May Be Handed Over to Iraqis

The U.S. government wants an Iraqi court to handle criminal charges against a naturalized American citizen who is being held in Iraq on suspicion that he is linked to insurgent leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. (AP)

American Diplomats Tend to Become Saudi Lobbyists - but Maybe Not for Much Longer

Back in August 2002, a congressional delegation was traveling around Saudi Arabia, home to 15 of the 19 al Qaeda hijackers who less than a year earlier had launched the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States. (Congressional Quarterly)

Republican Who Oversees N.S.A. Calls for Wiretap Inquiry

Representative Heather A. Wilson said she had "serious concerns" about the Bush administration's eavesdropping program. (NY Times)

Yemen

Yemen Hunts For Al-Qaida Fugitives

Yemen has launched an intensive search in the capital and other parts of the country to try to recapture a group of at least 13 convicted al-Qaida members who fled from prison last week, an official said on Tuesday. (Reuters)

Iran

Strong Leads and Dead Ends in Nuclear Case Against Iran

Officials say documents may show planned nuclear test site, but evidence of weapons program remains circumstantial. (Washington Post)

Chechnya

Russian Blast at Chechen Army Base Kills 12; Terrorism Probed

At least 12 people died and 20 were injured in an explosion at a Russian military base in the southern republic of Chechnya that may have been a terrorist act. (Bloomberg)

Avian Flu/Africa

Deadly Bird Flu Found in Africa

The deadly strain of bird flu has been found in poultry in northern Nigeria, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) has said in statement. (BBC)

LEGAL DEVELOPMENTS

Germany

Germany Frees Man in Qaeda Cell Linked to 9/11 Terrorists

Germany's highest court on Tuesday released a Moroccan man who had been convicted of belonging to a cell of Al Qaeda whose members included the Sept. 11 hijackers, pending an appeal of his case. (NY Times)

U.K.

'Joint Effort' in Hamza Hate Case

The police and Crown Prosecution Service say the conviction of cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri was the outcome of a "close and painstaking" joint effort. (BBC)

Australia

Australian Loses Terrorism Appeal

A former Australian medical student accused of training with a militant group in Pakistan has lost an appeal to have the charges against him dropped. (BBC)

IRAQ NEWS

Iraq Official Survives Attack

A car bomb exploded in central Baghdad as the Iraqi higher education minister's convoy passed by, interior ministry sources said. (Reuters)

Iraq Attacks Kill Sunni Leader, 4 Marines

Gunmen assassinated a Sunni community leader Tuesday in the former extremist stronghold of Fallujah, part of an insurgent campaign to prevent prominent Sunni Arabs from joining the U.S.-backed political process. (AP)

ANALYSIS & OPINION

Can the U.S. Use Iraq to Get Through to Iran?

America and Iran have been cooperating, albeit uneasily, at close quarters in Iraq. The possibility exists to leverage this convergence into dialogue. (NY Times)

The Wrong Wiretap Debate

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