Morning Brief, Monday, April 14
Middle East ALI YUSSEF/AFP/Getty Images Iraq dismissed 1,300 soldiers and policemen who perfomed poorly in Basra. The Iraqi military’s procurement chain remains “plagued by corruption and inefficiency,” the New York Times reports. The Iraqi government will soon pressure the Iranians to be more constructive, U.S. National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley said. He also said it ...
Iraq dismissed 1,300 soldiers and policemen who perfomed poorly in Basra.
The Iraqi military’s procurement chain remains “plagued by corruption and inefficiency,” the New York Times reports.
The Iraqi government will soon pressure the Iranians to be more constructive, U.S. National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley said. He also said it would be a “cop-out” to boycott the opening ceremonies in Beijing.
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter defended his plans to meet with Hamas leaders.
Nepal’s Maoists are poised for a huge electoral victory.
China has agreed to formal talks, according to Taiwan’s vice president.
China’s state media says the Dalai Lama is “anti-human rights.”
Italians trudged to the polls for an election that might see Silvio Berlusconi return to power. Italy has had more than 60 governments since the Second World War.
The threat of terrorism is getting worse, Britain’s home secretary has warned.
Bulgaria’s Interior Minister stepped down.
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Over the weekend, Barack Obama faced strong criticism for remarks he made at a San Francisco fundraising event.
Kenya announced a new power-sharing cabinet.
The Zimbabwean opposition denounced the electoral commission’s recount plans.
The calls to do something about the global food crisis are growing louder.
The U.S. housing slump has gone global.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel visits Ireland, where she try to coax Irish voters into approving the EU treaty.
A conference organized by United Russia, the ruling party in Russia, kicks off in Moscow.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Agency for International Development are hosting a conference on international food aid in Kansas.
Blake Hounshell is a former managing editor of Foreign Policy.
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