Morning Brief, Monday, August 14
Lebanon cease-fire So far, it's holding. There was fierce fighting over the weekend from both Hezbollah and the IDF, but the Israeli security cabinet voted to approve the hard-won Security Council resolution yesterday. Israeli PM Olmert vows to continue to hunt down Hezbollah leaders. The $64,000 question: What's Hezbollah's current state? Refugees begin returning to ...
So far, it's holding. There was fierce fighting over the weekend from both Hezbollah and the IDF, but the Israeli security cabinet voted to approve the hard-won Security Council resolution yesterday. Israeli PM Olmert vows to continue to hunt down Hezbollah leaders. The $64,000 question: What's Hezbollah's current state?
Refugees begin returning to Beirut and southern Lebanon. Preparations are under way to send thousands of troops to the border with Israel as part of a multinational force. A few weeks ago, FP considered some of the candidates for the job.
In Israel, columnist Nahum Barnea writes: We did not win this war. The domestic Israeli war over the handling of the conflict is just beginning, and there promises to be much soul-searching over the state of the IDF.
Airline terror plot
The UK downgrades the terror threat to "severe" despite a BA plane being turned back to Heathrow last night after an unclaimed cell phone rings in flight. Investigators are tracking the money trail of last week's threat.
Fidel Castro celebrated his 80th birthday from a hospital bed over the weekend and received a special visit from his pal Hugo. In Mexico, the election recount ends, though leftist candidate Lopez Obrador promises his dissatisfaction will continue long after final results are announced.
China warns Japanese PM Koizumi against visiting the controversial Yasukuni shrine tomorrow. The most powerful typhoon to hit China in five decades has killed more than 250.
Five coordinated bombs kill nearly 60 in Baghdad on Sunday despite new security measures in the capital.
Two powerful Bills – Clinton and Gates – join forces to fight AIDS. Call it a planet while you can: Pluto may get downgraded at a conference in Prague this week.
And it was only a matter of time: Ahmadinejad launches a blog.
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