Morning Brief, Wednesday, October 24

Middle East MUSTAFA OZER/AFP/Getty Images Turkish troops and warplanes struck targets in northern Iraq, but the Turks say they are refraining from larger operations against Kurdish militants across the border. For now. The good news: U.S. troop deaths in Iraq declined for a second straight month.  East Asia Anti-dumping complaints against China have increased dramatically ...

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Middle East

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Turkish troops and warplanes struck targets in northern Iraq, but the Turks say they are refraining from larger operations against Kurdish militants across the border. For now.

Middle East

MUSTAFA OZER/AFP/Getty Images

Turkish troops and warplanes struck targets in northern Iraq, but the Turks say they are refraining from larger operations against Kurdish militants across the border. For now.

The good news: U.S. troop deaths in Iraq declined for a second straight month. 

East Asia

Anti-dumping complaints against China have increased dramatically in the past three months.

China launched his first lunar orbiter amid a frisson of national pride.

Japan’s got a record trade surplus with the United States.

South Asia

Tamil Tiger militants destroyed eight government planes Monday, the Sri Lankan government acknowledged. 

Pakistan is sending an additional 2,500 troops into the tribal areas to root out local allies of the Taliban. 

In a move sure to pique the United States, Indian officials are renewing their commitment to a new oil-and-gas pipeline to Iran. 

Europe

Seeming to undercut his own secretary of defense’s efforst to reassure the Russians, U.S. President George W. Bush vowed to push ahead with missile defense in Eastern Europe.

Spanish police arrested six men suspected of distributing jihadist propaganda on the Internet. 

Economic growth is slowing in Europe, a key index indicates.

Elsewhere 

The U.N. Security Council condemned violence against women, a problem that Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said had reached “hideous and pandemic proportions” in many places of the world. 

In a speech today, President Bush is expected to warn that the United States will not accept a transition from one Castro brother to another

A new poll by Public Agenda finds declining public confidence in U.S. foreign policy

Today’s Agenda

  • NATO defense ministers are meeting in the Netherlands to discuss Afghanistan.
  • The U.N. Security Council meets today regarding the Middle East and Darfur. 
  • Today is U.N. Day, which marks the 62nd anniversary of the founding of the United Nations. 
  • The Outsource/World conference begins in New York.

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