MIDEAST CRISIS: 40 Dead in Beirut and Hezbollah's History with Tehran

U.S. soldiers accused of raping and murdering a 14-year-old Iraqi girl drank alcohol and hit golf balls before the attack, an investigator said Monday at a U.S. military hearing to determine whether they should stand trial. (AP)

AL QAEDA

Egyptian Group Denies It's in Al-Qaeda

An Egyptian militant group denied on Sunday that it had joined al-Qaida, saying the majority of its members were sticking by a truce with the government declared almost a decade ago. (AP)

JORDAN

Two Lawmakers Jailed for Praising Zarqawi

Jordan's military court yesterday sentenced two Islamist lawmakers to prison terms of up to two years for instigating sectarian strife by praising an Al-Qaeda leader at his wake. (AP)

NORTH KOREA

On Display: N.Korea Claims Capture of U.S. Vessel

North Korea claimed it has captured an unmanned U.S. submersible and put it on display in Pyongyang, a pro-North Korean newspaper in Japan said Monday. (AP)

AFGHANISTAN

Canadian Base Blasted by another Two Rocket Attacks

The grimmest week Canada has endured in southern Afghanistan its first in command of the NATO-led mission here ended with two separate rocket attacks at Kandahar Air Field late Sunday. (CanWest News Service)

British Soldier, 17 Taliban Killed in Afghan Fighting; GI Wounded

A British soldier was fatally shot Sunday as NATO-led troops went after Taliban insurgents in a southern mountain range, and a U.S. soldier suffered minor injuries in the truck bombing of a military convoy in a neighboring province, officials said. (AP)

IRAN NUCLEAR

Iran Threatens to use 'Oil Weapon' in Nuclear Standoff

Iran says international community could face new oil crisis if UN security council imposes sanctions. (The Guardian)

RUSSIA/U.S.

Russia Condemns U.S. Arms Sanctions

Russia's state arms exporter has described US sanctions against it as an "unfriendly act" aimed at undermining the Russian defence industry. (BBC)

U.K.

Hackers Crack New Biometric Passports

Flaw in passports used by Britain casts doubt over ID cards plan. (The Guardian)

ANALYSIS & OPINION

The Fate of Hezbollah between Syrian Interests and Iranian Bargaining

By Raghida Dergham

The Security Council will not agree to cease all hostilities for a period of time during which negotiations would be conducted to reach a framework for a political solution that would lead to a ceasefire between Israel and Hezbollah. (Al Hayat)

A String of Intelligence Failures

Leaders of the free world, read your newspapers. (International Herald Tribune)

Deep Threats on the High Seas

By Sylvia Earle

Deep-sea bottom trawling causes irreparable harm to habitats and ocean species. The U.S. should ban it. (Washington Post)

Weapons of War: Open Season on Journalists in The Middle East

By Lawrence Pintak

Israel's recent destruction of television transmission towers in Lebanon, which killed one employee of the LBC channel, and a subsequent attack on a convoy in the south of the country in which media people were circulating, were emblematic of a grim fact: the media have become targets - and weapons - of war. (Daily Star)

Not Good Enough

Yesterday a single Hizbullah rocket killed 12 Israelis, most of them reserve soldiers with families they had left behind when they went off to fight the war. (Jerusalem Post)

The Loser in Lebanon: The Atlantic Alliance

By Mark Perry and Alastair Crooke

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