Morning Brief, Wednesday, July 25
Middle East AFP/Getty Images A rare meeting between the U.S. and Iranian ambassadors in Baghdad ended Tuesday with one concrete achievement: The two countries agreed to set up a joint security committee with the Iraqis. But on the nuclear front, Iran is trying to cooperate just enough with the IAEA to avoid U.N. sanctions. U.S. ...
A rare meeting between the U.S. and Iranian ambassadors in Baghdad ended Tuesday with one concrete achievement: The two countries agreed to set up a joint security committee with the Iraqis. But on the nuclear front, Iran is trying to cooperate just enough with the IAEA to avoid U.N. sanctions.
U.S. President George W. Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki hold a video conference every two weeks, during which they often talk about their mutual faith in God.
Some might call this chutzpah: Turkey’s secular opposition lost the elections, and now demands a veto over the winning party’s choice of president.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy is heading to Libya in the hopes of becoming pals with the mercurial Muammar el-Qaddafi. French voters aren’t happy, though, about his wife sticking her nez in foreign-policy matters.
After the latest doping scandal, the director of the Tour de France says that professional cycling needs a complete overhaul.
Remember that Taliban militant who blew himself up yesterday in Baluchistan? He was released from Guantánamo Bay in March 2004.
China’s spooks are gathering intelligence on foreigners who might cause trouble at the 2008 Olympics.
Russia is pumping cash into South Ossetia, a breakaway region of Georgia.
The largest mortgage lender in the United States warned Tuesday that even people with good credit are having trouble making loan payments, and compared falling housing prices to the Great Depression. Investors trembled on the news.
Oil prices fell for the fourth straight day on news that refineries are increasing supplies and expectations that OPEC countries will soon increase their output of crude.
A new poll finds that Africans in 10 countries are mostly satisfied with their governments and hopeful for the future.
- The foreign ministers of Egypt and Jordan visit Israel as representatives of the Arab League.
- London’s Institute of Islamic Banking and Insurance hosts a conference on “The War On Terrorist Financing.”
- The House Armed Services Committee and the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence hold a joint hearing on the recent National Intelligence Estimate (pdf) on al Qaeda.
- It’s the annual Chincoteague Pony Swim and Auction at the seashore near Washington.
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