Morning Brief, Wednesday, March 26
Middle East ESSAM AL-SUDANI/AFP/Getty Images Heavy fighting continued for a second day in Basra and Baghdad, Iraq, including repeated mortar and rocket attacks on the Green Zone. Iraqi PM Nuri al-Maliki has traveled to Basra to oversee the fighting, which is aimed at rooting out entrenched militias and regaining control of Iraq’s largest port. U.S. ...
Heavy fighting continued for a second day in Basra and Baghdad, Iraq, including repeated mortar and rocket attacks on the Green Zone. Iraqi PM Nuri al-Maliki has traveled to Basra to oversee the fighting, which is aimed at rooting out entrenched militias and regaining control of Iraq’s largest port.
U.S. Vice-President Dick Cheney appears to have exaggerated the state of Iran’s nuclear program.
Meet Sri Lanka’s War Monk.
South Korea’s new government will no longer shy away from criticizing North Korea’s human-rights record.
Carlotta Gall profiles the Awami National Party, the Pashtun nationalists who defeated the Islamists in Pakistan’s recent elections in the Northwest Frontier Province.
According to Russian media reports, NATO jets escorted Russian bombers in the vicinity of Alaska.
Masha Lipman says it’s “wishful thinking” to believe that Russian President-elect Dmitry Medvedev will be a liberalizer.
The trash problem in Naples, Italy, is hurting that city’s buffalo mozzarella business.
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- French President Nicolas Sarkozy is visiting Britain. Top of the agenda? Asking British PM Gordon Brown to help pressure the United States to strengthen the dollar.
- Bangladesh celebrates its independence from Pakistan.
- Senator McCain is expected to give a major foreign-policy address today in Los Angeles. Excerpts here.
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