Morning Brief, Friday, December 1

The Middle East  The situation in Lebanon grows more tense, as tens of thousands pro-Syrian and Hezbollah supporters take to the street to protest against the government. Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora insists that his government will not be taken down by a “coup.” The Iraq Study Group is to recommend withdrawal by early 2008, ...

The Middle East 

The Middle East 

The situation in Lebanon grows more tense, as tens of thousands pro-Syrian and Hezbollah supporters take to the street to protest against the government. Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora insists that his government will not be taken down by a “coup.”

The Iraq Study Group is to recommend withdrawal by early 2008, though advising some troops to stay behind to “train, advise and support Iraqis.” In Washington, it seems like there is no longer any trumpeting for a quick withdrawal. The Bush administration is deliberating whether the U.S. should prioritize efforts with Shiites and Kurds, and abandon its endeavors with Sunnis.

Condi tries to salvage Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, as Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas says that negotiations on a unity government with Hamas have collapsed.

World Aids Day is today

The International Labor Organization released a report portraying the devastating effect of HIV/Aids on the workforce of various countries.

Meanwhile, Bill Clinton forecasts that India will be the next epicenter of the deadly epidemic, as he announces plans to make treatment cheaper in 40 nations, through his foundation.

Elsewhere 

Mexico’s newly elected president, Felipe Calderon is due to be formally inaugurated amid high tensions.

The U.S. government has reformed its citizenship exam to include questions about the

concept of democracy, rather than simply testing history. 

At least 400 people are feared dead after Typhoon Durian swept through the central  Philippines.

The Airbus A350 gets the go ahead, and China tightens its nuclear exports

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