Morning Brief, Thursday, January 24
Middle East MUJAHED MOHAMMED/AFP/Getty Images The police chief in Mosul, Iraq, was ambushed and killed—the latest in a growing wave of al Qaeda attacks against Sunnis working with the U.S. military. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is making diplomatic inroads in the region. Fresh from his first phone call with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, the Iranian president may ...
Kuwait’s investment authority sees an opportunity for bargain-hunting thanks to the U.S. subprime mortgage crisis.
Olympic teams are “taking extreme measures” to steel themselves for the air pollution in Beijing, the Washington Post reports.
China is cracking down on Internet pornography.
An opening for religious freedom in Hanoi? The Roman Catholic Church is boldly challenging the government of Vietnam.
Italian PM Romano Prodi reportedly plans to roll the dice and call for a vote of confidence in the Italian Senate, having survived two votes in the lower house. Most analysts expect him to lose this one, however.
A “rogue trader” allegedly defrauded French bank Société Generale of more than $7 billion.
The Wall Street Journal previews Bill Gates’s big speech at Davos on the ills of capitalism, which he will give later today.
2008 U.S. Elections
Mitt Romney’s aggressive campaign tactics have earned him the ire of his rivals for the Republican nomination.
The rate of Amazon deforestation is soaring in Brazil.
Bono took a breather from Davos and met with U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates at the Pentagon in Washington.
The World Bank plans to implement the recommendations of Paul Volcker’s 2007 report on corruption at the institution.
Horses are making a comeback with the U.S. border patrol.
- Nicolas Sarkozy heads to India for an official state visit.
- Colombia hosts a meeting of South American leaders.
Yesterday on Passport
- Davos Diary, Day 3: Panels galore
- How will Gaza play in the 2008 campaign?
- Downloading: Punishable by death?
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