Morning Brief, Thursday, February 8

Middle East STR/AFP Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei threatens worldwide retaliation if the United States takes military action against his country’s nuclear program. Condi Rice says she never saw a 2003 proposal from Tehran to bury the hatchet. Israel doesn’t want to fight the Lebanese Army, but a skirmish broke out along the border ...

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Middle East

Middle East

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Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei threatens worldwide retaliation if the United States takes military action against his country’s nuclear program. Condi Rice says she never saw a 2003 proposal from Tehran to bury the hatchet.

Israel doesn’t want to fight the Lebanese Army, but a skirmish broke out along the border yesterday. 

More U.S. helicopters are getting shot down in Iraq. 

Washington

Almost nobody in the U.S. State Department wants to go to Iraq.

Key Republican senators now want an open debate on the Iraq war resolution. 

Potential terrorists in the United States are doing a poor job of informing the FBI of their whereabouts and plans, the Washington Post reports

Europe

Spanish police have busted up a network of thieves thought responsible for stealing some 300,000 artifacts.

Trabzon, a Turkish city on the Black Sea that’s home to suspects in the murder of a prominent Turkish-Armenian writer, is full of angry nationalists.

The EU wants to break down borders on the Internet. 

Asia

The six-party talks over North Korea’s nuclear weapons resume today in Beijing. The mood is optimistic.

China is building its fourth space base in sunny Hainan province, best known for its prostitutes and beaches.

China is not a colonial power in Africa, says Hu Jintao.

Elsewhere

The United States is seeking to be ethanol buddies with Brazil.

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