Morning Brief, Friday, February 9
Middle East MAHMOUD HAMS/AFP In Mecca, Palestinian leaders promise to end their family feud in the hopes of ending the international boycott on the Hamas government. So far, though, the United States is keeping mum about the deal, but they’re dancing in the streets in Gaza. Meanwhile, in Jerusalem, violence at Islam’s third holiest site ...
In Mecca, Palestinian leaders promise to end their family feud in the hopes of ending the international boycott on the Hamas government. So far, though, the United States is keeping mum about the deal, but they’re dancing in the streets in Gaza. Meanwhile, in Jerusalem, violence at Islam’s third holiest site over an Israeli reconstruction project.
In Baghdad, Shiite neighborhoods are thriving, while Sunni areas are “withering into abandoned ghettos.”
Lebanese Army troops have seized a Hezbollah truck loaded with weapons, and they’re not giving it back.
Congress is lazy, chides Dana Milbank of the Washington Post.
Pentagon: the Office of Special Plans was a bad idea, but not illegal.
Remember the two French teens whose deaths set off the riots in Paris in late 2005? Two suburban police officers could face prison terms for “failing to assist people in danger.”
Who’s behind all the letter bombs in Britain?
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The United States is trying to dampen expectations about a deal with North Korea.
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Afghan farmers are frustrated with Western aid programs, so they’re growing poppies.
The U.S. Navy is back in Cambodia after three decades.
FIFA’s amputee cup begins in Sierra Leone today.
The Ku Klux Klan is back, according to a new report by the Anti-Defamation League.
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