Morning Brief, Thursday, December 14
Iraq and Middle East The Joint Chiefs of Staff of the U.S. military asked President Bush for more troops in Iraq. Senator John McCain wants more troops than that. More abductions in Baghdad by gunmen wearing police uniforms, and more car bombings of Shiite markets. The elections for Iran’s city councils and the powerful Assembly ...
Iraq and Middle East
Iraq and Middle East
The elections for Iran’s city councils and the powerful Assembly of Experts starts tomorrow. Iran has already rejected a draft U.N. resolution proposed by the Europeans. A team of IAEA inspectors will visit Isfahan tomorrow.
With talks of a “national unity” government going nowhere, Fatah and Hamas have resumed undermining their own cause by shooting each other. PM Mahmoud Abbas may announce a referendum on Saturday to break the deadlock.
Congressional Democrats are planning to assert more control over expenses for Iraq.
The White House summit on malaria begins today.
If Democratic Senator Tim Johnson is forced to step down due the possible stroke he suffered yesterday, the Republicans will regain control of the Senate.
Give up, conspiracy theorists. Princess Diana’s death was a “tragic accident,” not a murder, says an exhaustive British police inquiry.
Interior Minister Nicholas Sarkozy, who famously called rioting French minorities “scum,” is running for president. Now he wants to make amends with French Arabs and black Africans. Even hardcore anti-immigrant politician Jean-Marie Le Pen is reaching out.
Russia doesn’t murder people anymore, says a top KGB alumnus.
Sudan’s foreign minister dismissed Tony Blair’s call for a no-fly zone, retorting that “threats, blockades and no-fly zones… would not solve the problem” in Darfur.
Ethiopia and the Somalian Islamists who control Mogadishu are girding themselves for war with each other.
More Indian soldiers have committed suicide this year than have died in enemy action.
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