Morning Brief, Thursday, April 19
Wathiq Khuzaie/Getty Images Middle East The death toll in Baghdad from yesterday’s bombings has climbed to at least 171, and another suicide attacker rammed into a fuel truck today, killing 11. Iran’s Supreme Court overturned the convictions of six members of a volunteer militia with a history of both radicalism and ties to clerical leaders ...
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Iran’s Supreme Court overturned the convictions of six members of a volunteer militia with a history of both radicalism and ties to clerical leaders for killing five “morally corrupt” individuals.
Iran is operating over 1,300 centrifuges for processing uranium, higher than previous Western estimates.
Iraq may hold twice as much oil as once thought.
U.S. and Russian officials will talk Thursday in Brussels on U.S. plans to install a missile shield in Eastern Europe.
The fallout from the Virgina Tech shootings continues to roil Asia. South Koreans recoil in horror at revelations that the shooter was Korean, while the Chinese government criticized U.S. media outlets, several of which originally identified a Chinese student as the murderer. And in Taiwan, two legislators falsely reported that students had been taken hostage at a top university, ostensibly to test the police’s response time.
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Nigeria’s military says it killed some 25 radical Islamic extremists. Nigeria’s presidential elections are slated for Saturday.
Peru’s coca growers are escalating their protests over the Peruvian government’s stepped-up eradication program.
Blake Hounshell is a former managing editor of Foreign Policy.
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