Morning Brief, Monday, March 31
Middle East Khaldoon Zubeir/Getty Images Basra is getting back to normal after Iran helped broker a truce between radical Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr and the Iraqi government. Iran appears have played the arsonist and the fire brigade in this incident. Not only did President Nuri al-Maliki’s prestige suffer a blow from the inconclusive result, his ...
Basra is getting back to normal after Iran helped broker a truce between radical Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr and the Iraqi government. Iran appears have played the arsonist and the fire brigade in this incident. Not only did President Nuri al-Maliki’s prestige suffer a blow from the inconclusive result, his security advisor was killed in Basra.
Zimbabwe’s opposition is claiming a massive victory in Saturday’s elections, but results are not yet official. Poll monitors fear the incumbent, Robert Mugabe, will try to rig the vote count. So far, Mugabe’s justice minister has lost his seat.
The number of Muslims in the world has overtaken the number of Catholics, the Vatican announced.
EU foreign ministers condemned Fitna, a controversial Dutch film that ties the Koran to violence but defended its author’s right to free speech.
A lawsuit warns that a Swiss particle accelerator could create a black hole that would destroy the Earth, a possibility that scientists heavily discount.
Serbia says it will arrest war criminal Ratko Mladic.
North Korea is threatening to cut off dialogue with South Korea. U.S. nuclear negotiator Christopher Hill arrives in Seoul tomorrow.
Here’s a preview of the pope’s visit to Washington in mid-April.
The Bush administration is planning to triple democracy-promotion grants related to Cuba.
Blake Hounshell is a former managing editor of Foreign Policy.
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