Morning Brief, Thursday, January 17
On the Hot Seat SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke testifies to the House Budget Committee at 10 a.m. EST on the state of the economy. He will reportedly support a fiscal stimulus package, but analysts don’t expect him to advocate a particular strategy. Asia In Beijing, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State ...
On the Hot Seat
On the Hot Seat
U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke testifies to the House Budget Committee at 10 a.m. EST on the state of the economy. He will reportedly support a fiscal stimulus package, but analysts don’t expect him to advocate a particular strategy.
In Beijing, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte called on China to support another round of sanctions on Iran.
Water levels in certain areas of China’s Yangtze River are at their lowest point in 142 years.
Sri Lanka’s military launched an offensive against Tamil Tiger strongholds.
India’s public schools have “sunk to spectacularly low levels,” the New York Times reports.
Another gaffe by British PM Gordon Brown?
A French court found oil company Total partially liable for a massive 1999 oil spill off the coast of Brittany.
The International Monetary Fund predicts economic growth of 7 percent this year in Iraq.
The U.S. military is increasingly using airstrikes to fight Iraq’s insurgents.
Escalating violence between Israelis and Palestinians in Gaza threatens to derail the peace negotiations.
Peru is suing to reclaim a coastal area from Chile that Peruvians say is their maritime territory.
A new outbreak of protests in Kenya continued for a second day.
The World Bank’s anti-fraud chief stepped down amid internal squabbles over her role.
- The Sundance film festival begins in Utah.
- Russian President Vladimir Putin is visiting Bulgaria to discuss gas pipelines and nuclear energy.
Yesterday on Passport
Seven Questions: The De-Bremerification of Iraq
Iraq’s parliament has finally passed a long-awaited new law aimed at allowing former Baathists to return to government jobs. Amb. Feisal al-Istrabadi, one of the “founding fathers” of the new Iraq, is optimistic about the legislation and says Iraqis are just undoing mistakes made by the United States.
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