Morning Brief, Friday, April 18
Global Economy ROMEO GACAD/AFP/Getty Images Rising food prices are leading to the “worst crisis of its kind in more than 30 years,” according to Columbia University’s Jeffrey Sachs. Rice traders are beginning to panic. The volume of world trade grew more slowly in 2007 than in 2006. Asia The United States may be willing to ...
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The volume of world trade grew more slowly in 2007 than in 2006.
The United States may be willing to paper over differences with North Korea to preserve an agreement on plutonium. South Korea is considering setting up a new, permanent diplomatic channel to the North.
The United States has no “coherent plan” for Pakistan’s tribal areas, according to the GAO.
Middle East and Africa
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice plans to call on Arab states to protect Iraq from Iran’s “nefarious influences.”
The United States criticized Zimbabwe’s neighbors for indulging Mugabe.
Russia’s Gazprom inked a deal with Libya and may reach agreement to transport Nigerian gas to Europe.
Russia suffers from a massive shortage of skilled labor.
Mexican migrants are sending a lot less money home these days.
Farmers in Argentina stand accused of setting their fields on fire.
2008 U.S. Elections
The U.S. public’s views of Iraq and the economy are heading south.
The pope addresses the United Nations.
South Korean President Lee Myung-bak visits Japan.
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