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Morning Brief, Tuesday, September 25

Asia AFP/Getty Images Defying a pointed warning from the ruling military junta, monks in Myanmar resumed their protests for an eighth day. As expected, Japan’s new prime minister will be Yasuo Fukuda, an experienced moderate. The six-party talks over North Korea’s nuclear program are to resume this Thursday, but a successful outcome is far from ...

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Asia

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Defying a pointed warning from the ruling military junta, monks in Myanmar resumed their protests for an eighth day.

As expected, Japan’s new prime minister will be Yasuo Fukuda, an experienced moderate.

The six-party talks over North Korea’s nuclear program are to resume this Thursday, but a successful outcome is far from certain.

Middle East

Hobbled by a boycott by Hezbollah and its allies, Lebanon’s deadlocked legislature failed to select a new president.

Iran has reportedly released the last of three Iranian-Americans who had been detained for allegedly plotting to overthrow the regime. 

There are no homosexuals in Iran, according to that country’s president. 

Europe

The European Union and the United States are prepared to recognize Kosovo in December if talks between Serbs and Kosovo Albanians fail to resolve the province’s status by that time.

The EU is considering resuming ties with Cuba.

Russia’s new cabinet looks a lot like its old cabinet.

Elsewhere

French President Nicolas Sarkozy is seeking peacekeeping forces for Darfur’s neighbors, Chad and the Central African Republic.

The World Health Organization has found eight new cases of the ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Rwanda wins sub-Saharan Africa’s coveted “most improved” award. 

Today’s Agenda

  • At about 9:45 a.m. this morning, U.S. President Bush is due to address the U.N. General Assembly. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaks in the afternoon. Bush is expected to focus on Myanmar, not Iran, however. He will also be meeting with Iraqi President Nuri al-Maliki.
  • Chicago is hosting the “corporate climate response” conference.

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