Morning Brief, Friday, July 28
Crisis in the Middle East The U.S. denies it has given Israel any implicit permission to continue air strikes on Lebanon, as the U.S. finds itself more isolated diplomatically on the issue after Rice's trip to Rome. Arab governments that criticized Hezbollah in the initial stages of the crisis are now backpedaling, as public opinion ...
Crisis in the Middle East
Crisis in the Middle East
The U.S. denies it has given Israel any implicit permission to continue air strikes on Lebanon, as the U.S. finds itself more isolated diplomatically on the issue after Rice's trip to Rome. Arab governments that criticized Hezbollah in the initial stages of the crisis are now backpedaling, as public opinion in the Arab world increasingly makes Hezbollah's leader, Hassan Nasrallah, a kind of folk hero. Israel claims up to 200 Hezbollah fighters have been killed in the last two weeks.
Tony Blair is in Washington today to meet with Bush and push for a U.N. resolution on Lebanon that includes a cease fire. Lebanese PM Siniora convinces Hezbollah ministers to back a cease fire, but it's uncertain whether it's just an empty gesture.
In a disturbing report, a U.S. sergeant tells of a plot to kill Iraqi detainees. More tales of reconstuction woe caused by cancellations and excessive budgets.
North Korea refuses to rejoin nuclear talks. Wal-Mart sells its German stores, its second international withdrawal this year (check out FP's take on Wal-Mart's foreign policy). U.S. economic growth practically grinds to a halt. Indians are cautiously optimistic about the House's passage of the U.S-India nuclear deal. Chavez buys $3 billion worth of jets and helicopters from Putin. A Somali official is shot dead, a day after more than a dozen officials from the embattled government resign (check out FP's interview with WaPo reporter Craig Timberg on the situation in Mogadishu). The China-Tibet railway, the world's highest railroad, hailed as an engineering feat when it opened earlier this year, is threatened by grazing yaks and shifting sands. 500,000 Indian bank workers walk off their jobs today to protest…wait for it…the outsourcing of their work. And, seriously, the skits at the ASEAN forum need some work:
Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Aso sported an overcoat and hat to perform in a sketch featuring cartoon characters such as giant frogs, a Power Ranger and a mutant lobster.
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