Morning Brief, Thursday, May 31
Middle East LOUAI BESHARA/AFP The U.N. Security Council voted to establish an international tribunal to prosecute the killers of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq al-Hariri. Lebanon is bracing for a harsh reaction from pro-Syrian elements within the country, and Syria is dropping unsubtle hints that it will stir up trouble. Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud ...
The U.N. Security Council voted to establish an international tribunal to prosecute the killers of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq al-Hariri. Lebanon is bracing for a harsh reaction from pro-Syrian elements within the country, and Syria is dropping unsubtle hints that it will stir up trouble. Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is reportedly exploring back-channel talks with the Syrian regime.
U.S. troops are scouring the Sadr City slums of Baghdad for five British citizens who were taken at gunpoint from the Iraqi Finance Ministry.
Groups professing an al Qaeda-like ideology are proliferating in the chaotic Palestinian areas of Gaza, the West Bank, and Lebanon.
Andrei Lugovoi, the chief suspect in the murder of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko, accuses the British secret services of doing the deed.
Hoping to shore up an increasingly rocky relationship, U.S. President George W. Bush will host his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin for bilateral talks in July.
Latvia’s new president is a doctor.
A NATO helicopter crashed in Afghanistan’s Helmand province, killing seven. The Taliban are claiming to have shot it down, but NATO is still investigating the cause.
India’s economy grew by 9.4 percent in the 12 months leading up to March 2007.
Details are emerging about how a man with a dangerous case of tuberculosis was able to elude travel restrictions.
A study by three law professors found huge discrepancies in the way U.S. immigration courts handle asylum cases.
The director of the CIA says that the agency has hired 15 percent of its staff within the past two months, while putting emphasis on field operations over analysis.
- EU foreign policy representative Javier Solana meets with Iranian nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani. Don’t expect any breakthroughs.
- French President Nicolas Sarkozy is in Spain to meet Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodrigo Zapatero.
- Tony Blair begins his trip to South Africa.
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