Morning Brief, Monday, November 12

Asia AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images Benazir Bhutto finds herself caught between her allegiance to the Western powers that brokered her return to Pakistan and her desire to capitalize on Pervez Musharraf’s political blunders. The former prime minister now says she has ended power-sharing negotiations with Musharraf after the  Pakistani president announced he will hold elections in ...

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Asia

AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images

Benazir Bhutto finds herself caught between her allegiance to the Western powers that brokered her return to Pakistan and her desire to capitalize on Pervez Musharraf's political blunders. The former prime minister now says she has ended power-sharing negotiations with Musharraf after the  Pakistani president announced he will hold elections in January but will not lift the state of emergency. Two opposition parties, not including Bhutto's PPP, have said they will boycott the elections if martial law remains in force.

Asia

AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images

Benazir Bhutto finds herself caught between her allegiance to the Western powers that brokered her return to Pakistan and her desire to capitalize on Pervez Musharraf’s political blunders. The former prime minister now says she has ended power-sharing negotiations with Musharraf after the  Pakistani president announced he will hold elections in January but will not lift the state of emergency. Two opposition parties, not including Bhutto’s PPP, have said they will boycott the elections if martial law remains in force.

Why it’s dangerous to be an investigative reporter in China. 

A Cambodia court charged two more Khmer Rouge figures with war crimes.

Malaysia is teaming up with Iran and Turkey to build an Islamic car

Middle East

CENTCOM commander Adm. William J. Fallon told the Financial Times that a U.S. attack on Iran is not “in the offing” and said that “generally, the bellicose comments are not particularly helpful.”

Shiite leaders are resisting the integration of Sunni forces into the Iraqi policy and army.

Gunfire marred a memorial service for Yasir Arafat held by Fatah in Hamas-controlled Gaza.

Lebanon postponed its presidential elections again.

Europe

A Russian oil tanker sank in a Black Sea storm, setting off what a Russian official termed an “environmental disaster”.

Growing Russian influence is unnerving many in the Baltic states. 

The British government moved a step closer to introducing Islamic bonds.

Elsewhere

OPEC countries stand to rake in $658 billion from sales of crude oil in 2007. At this week’s summit meeting in Saudi Arabia, OPEC will reportedly seek assurances that oil-consuming countries will maintain high demand.

Somalis are fleeing Mogadishu in droves as fighting escalates between rebel warlords and government forces backed by Ethiopia.

Nigerian authorities arrested a group of men alleged to have ties to al Qaeda

Near the end of the Ibero-American Summit in Chile Saturday, the king of Spain told Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez to shut up.

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