Morning Brief, Wednesday, January 24

State of the Union Bush wants Americans to give his Iraq strategy “a chance to work.” His speech went over like a lead balloon in Iraq and at the Washington Post. But it did accomplish one thing: raising oil prices. Middle East Think President Bush has problems? At least he’s not being charged for rape, ...

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State of the Union

Bush wants Americans to give his Iraq strategy "a chance to work." His speech went over like a lead balloon in Iraq and at the Washington Post. But it did accomplish one thing: raising oil prices.

Middle East

State of the Union

Bush wants Americans to give his Iraq strategy “a chance to work.” His speech went over like a lead balloon in Iraq and at the Washington Post. But it did accomplish one thing: raising oil prices.

Middle East

Think President Bush has problems? At least he’s not being charged for rape, sexual harassment, obstruction of justice, and fraud. 

Iraq is having trouble finishing its new oil law. 

Lebanon is calmer today, but Hezbollah promises to renew nationwide strikes

Europe

An English Komodo dragon’s immaculate conception shocks zookeepers.

Asia

Macao is now a bigger gambling center than Las Vegas, a new report says. 

Within ten years, India’s economy is poised to be bigger than that of the U.K.  For its part, China may have grown by as much as 10.5 percent in 2006.

Elsewhere

Peru has a problem: deadly mudslides

Another AC-130 strike against al Qaeda in Somalia. 

Howard Hunt, a key figure in the Nixon Watergate scandal, died yesterday. He was 88. 

Villagers in Papua New Guinea tortured and killed four women for practicing witchcraft. 

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