Morning Brief, Thursday, August 10
Airline terror plot Heathrow is a nightmare after Scotland Yard disrupts an apparently imminent terror plot to blow up as many as 10 airplanes with liquid bombs. No one can say with certainty how close the plot was to fruition or if al Qaeda was involved. Security is tightened on just about everything that moves. ...
Airline terror plot
Airline terror plot
Heathrow is a nightmare after Scotland Yard disrupts an apparently imminent terror plot to blow up as many as 10 airplanes with liquid bombs. No one can say with certainty how close the plot was to fruition or if al Qaeda was involved. Security is tightened on just about everything that moves. Here's the text of the Scotland Yard statement urging calm in the face of potential "mass murder on an unimaginable scale."
Crisis in the Middle East
Israeli PM Olmert holds off the planned invasion of southern Lebanon to give more time to a possible UN resolution, though France and the US continue to disagree. Iranian supplies continue to trickle to Hezbollah fighters and Hassan Nasrallah urges Arabs to leave Haifa in northern Israel so that Hezbollah can step up its attacks. Rami Khouri argues in the Daily Star that a UN resolution addresses only one front of five different wars being waged in the region. Aluf Benn in Haaretz believes that Olmert has no idea of how to end the current conflict.
The Rafah border between Gaza and Egypt reopens briefly for the first time in nearly two months, and the UN criticizes both Israel and Hezbollah for hindering aid efforts in southern Lebanon. Helene Cooper reports on Rice's diplomatic dance on the domestic front.
A bomb in Najaf kills more than 30, as the Baghdad morgue announces that it took in a record number of bodies – more than 1800 – in July.
China announces a record high trade surplus for July and hints that it may consider another currency revaluation. Sao Paolo is rocked by a wave of gang attacks on government buildings and banks. Millions flee floods and monsoon rains in southern India. And supporters of Lopez Obrador in Mexico City target foreign banks.
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