Morning Brief, Thursday, May 17
Asia JUNG YEON-JE/AFP North and South Korea saw their first cross-border train action since 1951 in a hopeful indication of improving relations. As unrest over a suspended judge grows, Pakistan’s government is becoming less tolerant of criticism and unflattering coverage in the media. The Bank of Japan made no change to the benchmark interest rate. ...
North and South Korea saw their first cross-border train action since 1951 in a hopeful indication of improving relations.
As unrest over a suspended judge grows, Pakistan’s government is becoming less tolerant of criticism and unflattering coverage in the media.
The Bank of Japan made no change to the benchmark interest rate. The world’s second-biggest economy grew at 2.4 percent in the first quarter, lower than expected.
The Chinese government backed off on a plan to force bloggers to use their real names online.
Estonia is reeling from cyber attacks that may be launched from Russia.
The Russian Orthodox Church has reunited with its exiled branch after 80 years of separation.
Nineteen Democrats in the U.S. Senate voted against a bill to cut off funding for the Iraq war by March 2008, killing the measure.
Britain’s Prince Harry is not going to Iraq after all.
A U.S.-funded Arabic-language satellite channel is getting slammed for airing the views of Hezbollah and Hamas.
The fighting continues in Gaza.
The United States is seeking to water down a statement on climate change that is to be published for the Group of Eight summit in June.
Following a similar move by Apple, Amazon.com announced plans to sell DRM-free music over the Internet.
- Algeria is holding parliamentary elections amid high security; don’t expect much change.
- Discussions continue at the World Bank over the fate of its president, Paul Wolfowitz. More on the machinations here.
- The World Championship Barbecuing Contest kicks off in Memphis, TN.
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