Morning Brief, Tuesday, January 30
Iraq and Middle East ASIF HASSAN/AFP At least 36 people were killed in bomb attacks targeting Shiites in three separate Iraqi cities, just at the height of the Ashura religious festival. (There were also anti-Shiite attacks in Pakistan.) Meanwhile, questions abound about the recent outbreak of fighting in Najaf. Did messianic Shiites attack establishment Shiites ...
Iraq and Middle East
Iraq and Middle East
At least 36 people were killed in bomb attacks targeting Shiites in three separate Iraqi cities, just at the height of the Ashura religious festival. (There were also anti-Shiite attacks in Pakistan.)
Meanwhile, questions abound about the recent outbreak of fighting in Najaf. Did messianic Shiites attack establishment Shiites in order to hasten the return of the Mahdi?
Saudi Arabia wants to shave oil output by 158,000 bpd. Maybe the Saudis don’t want to bury the Iranians in cheap oil after all. In fact, they’re negotiating with them over Lebanon’s instability.
Libya may decide not to execute five Bulgarian nurses convicted of infecting children with HIV.
European governments aren’t cracking down on Iran to Washington’s satisfaction.
Presidential candidate Nicolas Sarkozy, hoping to lock up the French expat vote, holds a rally in London.
China’s stock markets are going like gangbusters.
Beijing and Taipei have gone to war … over artifacts in Taiwan’s National Palace Museum, which contains treasures taken from the mainland in the 1940s by fleeing nationalist forces.
Ban Ki Moon gambles that world leaders will attend his summit on climate change in September.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is putting the finishing touches on its latest report, to be released Friday. The grim details are leaking out already.
Greenpeace activists tagged the Eiffel Tower to draw more attention to the IPCC’s meeting.
Hugo Chávez is about to become a dictator for real, when the Venezuelan legislature passes his “mother law.”
Colombia’s defense minister heads to Washington and Europe this week to ask for more funding and military aid to combat his country’s drug kingpins and an ongoing Marxist rebellion.
Two top North American newsprint manufacturers will merge, yet another symptom of declining newspaper readership.
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