Morning Brief: Obama’s milestone

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Top Story Barack Obama won the majority of pledged delegates in last night’s primaries, though he lost badly in Kentucky. Hillary Clinton has no plans to drop out of the race before June. Middle East Lebanon’s government reached a negotiated settlement with Hezbollah in Doha. Iraqi troops recaptured most of Sadr City. ...

By , a former associate editor at Foreign Policy.
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DES MOINES, IA - MAY 20: Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) (R) kisses his daughter Malia while his wife Michelle Obama and his other daughter Sasha take the stage during a rally near the Iowa state captiol building May 20, 2008 in Des Moines, Iowa. Oregon and Kentucky held their Democratic primaries today, but Obama chose to attend a rally in the state where he won his first primary in January. Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) won in a landslide in Kentucky 65 percent to 30 percent, while early results in Oregan showed Obama winning by a wide margin. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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Top Story

Barack Obama won the majority of pledged delegates in last night's primaries, though he lost badly in Kentucky. Hillary Clinton has no plans to drop out of the race before June.

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Top Story

Barack Obama won the majority of pledged delegates in last night’s primaries, though he lost badly in Kentucky. Hillary Clinton has no plans to drop out of the race before June.

Middle East

Lebanon’s government reached a negotiated settlement with Hezbollah in Doha.

Iraqi troops recaptured most of Sadr City.

Israeli PM Ehud Olmert proposed a naval blockade to stop Iran’s nuclear program.

Israel and Syria are holding mediated peace talks through Turkey, the governments announced.

Asia

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon arrived in Burma to pressure the regime into allowing more aid.

China warned that corruption linked to earthquake relief will not be tolerated.

Hundreds have died in Southern India from drinking contaminated bootleg alcohol.

The Olympic torch relay will resume on Thursday.

Africa

South Africa’s xenophobic rioting has spread to the port of Durban.

African National Congress president Joseph Zuma described Zimbabwe’s election results as “discredited.” (Corrected.)

Two Italian aid workers were taken prisoner in Mogadishu, Somalia.

Europe

Georgia’s opopsition is already preparing to protest today’s parliamentary election results.

Basque separatist group Eta’s highest commander was arrested in France.

Silvio Berlusconi is holding a cabinet-level meeting to address Naples’ garbage crisis.

Latin America

Drug-related violence in the Meixcan state of Sinaloa is escalating in all-out war.

Argentina’s farmers have agreed to suspend the strike that has disrupted global grain prices.

Today’s Agenda

  • Georgia holds parliamentary elections.
  • President Bush will sign the Genetic Information Nondescrimination Act into law.

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Joshua Keating was an associate editor at Foreign Policy. Twitter: @joshuakeating

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