Morning Brief: Clinton to drop out, endorse Obama

Top Story NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images In a letter published Thursday, Hillary Clinton pledged to “strongly support Senator Obama.” The former first lady will hold an event on Saturday to thank her supporters, but has yet to decide whether to completely end or just suspend her campaign. More on the backstory here. Decision ’08 The LA ...

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NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images

In a letter published Thursday, Hillary Clinton pledged to "strongly support Senator Obama." The former first lady will hold an event on Saturday to thank her supporters, but has yet to decide whether to completely end or just suspend her campaign. More on the backstory here.

Top Story

NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images

In a letter published Thursday, Hillary Clinton pledged to “strongly support Senator Obama.” The former first lady will hold an event on Saturday to thank her supporters, but has yet to decide whether to completely end or just suspend her campaign. More on the backstory here.

Decision ’08

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Americas

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger declared his state is in drought.

An oil spill is headed toward Buenos Aires.

Cubans are deeply worried about their pocketbooks, a rare poll has found.

Global Economy

Private investors are starting to place big bets on the agriculture business.

Countries at the U.N. food summit in Rome are having trouble agreeing on a final statement.

Middle East and Africa

Former finance minister Simba Makoni called for Zimbabwe’s presidential election to be cancelled after opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai was arrested.

With the Israel track failing, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas wants to reopen talks with Hamas.

Syria is considering opening an embassy in Lebanon.

Asia

Pakistan’s top political party has proposed a major dialback of President Pervez Musharraf’s power. The Daily Times reports that Musharraf is now “reconciled to stepping down before he is driven out of office.”

Burma arrested the country’s top comedian, who had been involved in relief efforts for Cyclone Nargis.

Some 12,000 people have been rounded up in a corruption sweep in Bangladesh.

China is planning a massive reconstruction of the earthquake zone.

Europe

Estonia is calling for greater international efforts against cybercrime.

British housing prices continue to drop.

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Dmitry Medvedev kicks off a visit to Germany, his first Western trip since becoming president.

September 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed appears before a military tribunal at Guantánamo.

U.S. President George W. Bush hosts the prime minister of the Netherlands.

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