Morning Brief, Thursday, December 28
Iraq and Middle East Whoops. U.S. forces kill a senior advisor to Moqtada al-Sadr. Protests break out in Najaf, but the worst may be yet to come. The aide was apparently complicit in attacks against U.S. and Iraqi government forces. Is the “surge” already taking place? A U.S. Army brigade is heading out early to ...
Iraq and Middle East
Whoops. U.S. forces kill a senior advisor to Moqtada al-Sadr. Protests break out in Najaf, but the worst may be yet to come. The aide was apparently complicit in attacks against U.S. and Iraqi government forces.
Iraq and Middle East
Four Chinese muslims die during the beginnings of the Hajj in Mecca.
Gerald Ford disagreed with U.S. policy on Iraq, Bob Woodward reports… two years later.
Worried about what newly-empowered congressional Democrats will do on trade policy, industry groups are cranking up their lobbying efforts.
European pressure may have forced the Bush administration to stop the use of extraordinary renditions.
Hundreds of thousands of Indonesians abandon their homes in Sumatra and Aceh due to flash flooding. Aid has begun arriving.
A Vietnamese froze funds linked to North Korea during last week’s failed six-party talks.
Thailand may have another go at restricting foreign capital, this time by revising the definition of foreign ownership.
Hydrogen power is a tough business in China.
The Islamists flee Mogadishu in the face of a joint government/Ethiopian onslaught, and government-aligned warlords may already have taken the Somali capital. The Islamists say they will launch a guerilla war to take it back.
Ethiopia’s army may be the class of Africa, but many of its children are malnourished.
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