Morning brief, Tuesday April 25

Iran  Getting uglier as the deadline approaches. Ahmadinejad won’t answer questions about Iran’s secret enrichment program, says that there’s no need for Iran-U.S. bilateral talks on Iraq, and hints at withdrawing from the NPT. Larijani takes it one step further, saying thatif the Security Council imposes sanctions, the Tehran will cut off ties with IAEA ...

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Iran 

Getting uglier as the deadline approaches. Ahmadinejad won’t answer questions about Iran’s secret enrichment program, says that there’s no need for Iran-U.S. bilateral talks on Iraq, and hints at withdrawing from the NPT. Larijani takes it one step further, saying thatif the Security Council imposes sanctions, the Tehran will cut off ties with IAEA (withdraw from the NPT). He also says that Iran is ready to transfer nuclear technology to other countries. Bonus odious regime: Omar al-Bashir of Sudan is in Tehran meeting with Ahmadinejad.

Sinai resort bombed, for the third time in 2 years. The streets were packed with people celebrating the Coptic observance of Easter on Sunday and the ancient Egyptian spring festival of Sham el Nessim (pictures).

Iraq 

The NYT sees the failure of an oil pipeline project as a metaphor for the U.S. mission in Iraq. In a wave of car bombs, dozens of recruits for the Iraqi army were killed by insurgents. 28 bodies of police recruits were found as well. 

Elsewhere

This is not cool: ” BAGRAM, Afghanistan — Just days after U.S. troops were ordered to plug a security breach at their base here, the black market trade in computer memory drives containing military documents was thriving again Monday.”

Nepal’s king reinstates parliament, Maoists still not happy with deal… Nuclear talks between India and Pakistan….Apparently the World Bank botched the fight against malaria… The Tamil Tigers strike again, in a suicide bomb attack… British sewage.  

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