Morning Brief, Friday, August 11
Airline terror plot More details out today on the foiled terror plot to bring down airliners with liquid bombs: British authorities have been on the suspects' trail for more than a year; names of 19 of the 24 men arrested are revealed; Pakistan is quick to claim credit for helping foil the plot; and the ...
Airline terror plot
Airline terror plot
More details out today on the foiled terror plot to bring down airliners with liquid bombs: British authorities have been on the suspects' trail for more than a year; names of 19 of the 24 men arrested are revealed; Pakistan is quick to claim credit for helping foil the plot; and the Bush administration has known about the threat for months.
It takes precious little time for the arrests to make their way into mid-term election press releases. You decide: Playing partisan with the threat is a dirty political trick or the plot reveals the dire need for more surveillance. In any case, the ingredients for a liquid bomb are terrifyingly easy to find.
Crisis in the Middle East
Rice arrives at the UN to push for a vote on a cease-fire, though the hard-won, French- and US-backed agreement could be derailed by Lebanese objections. The plan apparently calls for a gradual withdrawal of Israeli troops, with a staggered deployment of Lebanese and UN troops as replacement. Israeli strikes on Lebanon and Hezbollah barrages on northern Israel continue. The US weighs sending a speed delivery of cluster munitions to the front at Israel's request, and the crossing between Gaza and Egypt reopens briefly for the second day in a row.
A tenth of Brazil's Congress is implicated in a graft scandal. Oil-rich Equatorial Guinea's entire government resigns after criticism from the president. The death toll from China's most powerful storm in decades tops 100. Greenland is melting faster. Lopez Obrador takes to the NYT's op-ed pages to argue for a full recount in Mexico; his biographer reveals the back story to the candidate's messianic movement.
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