Morning Brief, Wednesday, January 9
New Hampshire Primary In the Democratic primary, Hillary Clinton pulled off an unexpected victory over Barack Obama, 39 to 36. John Edwards came in third with just 17 percent. Among Republicans, John McCain bested Mitt Romney 37 to 35, with Huckabee trailing with 11 percent. Next up: South Carolina on January 15. Middle East The ...
New Hampshire Primary
New Hampshire Primary
In the Democratic primary, Hillary Clinton pulled off an unexpected victory over Barack Obama, 39 to 36. John Edwards came in third with just 17 percent. Among Republicans, John McCain bested Mitt Romney 37 to 35, with Huckabee trailing with 11 percent. Next up: South Carolina on January 15.
The Pentagon released grainy footage and audio of Sunday’s incident between the U.S. Navy and Iranian speedboats in the Strait of Hormuz. Iran says the evidence is fabricated, but U.S. National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley warned the Iranians of “serious consequences” if there’s a repeat incident.
In a briefing broadcast live Tuesday, six provincial reconstruction team leaders gave U.S. President George W. Bush a mixed assessment of progress in Iraq.
Bush arrived Wednesday in Israel, where he hopes to put the post-Annapolis peace negotiations on track. (More on this visit later today, in a Seven Questions interview with former Israeli Ambassador Zalman Shoval.)
China is banning plastic bags.
Pakistani authorities have arrested a retired army major accused of plotting a suicide bombing that killed eight people on Nov. 1.
Spain’s once-booming economy is beginning to stumble.
Spanish authorities have captured a pair of Basque separatists suspected of involvement in the Dec. 2006 Madrid airport bombing.
French President Nicholas Sarkozy wants to create a French version of the BBC.
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is scrutinizing carbon offsets.
Violence broke out again in Kenya after President Mwai Kibaki, whose election remains hotly disputed, announced his cabinet.
Chilean President Michele Bachelet, facing growing voter unhappiness with her administration, shook up her cabinet.
- Over the next two days, President Bush is due to meet Israeli President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, as well as Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
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