Morning Brief: How not to catch Osama

Top Story AFP/Getty Images The hunt for Osama bin Laden has been severely hampered by Iraq and by policy disputes within the Bush administration, the New York Times reports. Asia Pakistani troops launched an offensive to drive Islamist militants from Peshawar, where they had drawn dangerously close in recent days. Malaysian opposition politician Anwar Ibrahim, ...

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Top Story

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The hunt for Osama bin Laden has been severely hampered by Iraq and by policy disputes within the Bush administration, the New York Times reports.

Top Story

AFP/Getty Images

The hunt for Osama bin Laden has been severely hampered by Iraq and by policy disputes within the Bush administration, the New York Times reports.

Asia

Pakistani troops launched an offensive to drive Islamist militants from Peshawar, where they had drawn dangerously close in recent days.

Malaysian opposition politician Anwar Ibrahim, fearing arrest, has fled to the Turkish embassy.

U.S. food aid has begun arriving in North Korea.

Fighting has broken out again in Sri Lanka, killing 28.

Middle East and Africa

Seymour Hersh, reporting for the New Yorker, accuses the Bush administration of escalating a covert campaign against Iran.

U.S. President George W. Bush introduced new sanctions on Zimbabwe after denouncing Robert Mugabe’s reelection as “illegitimate.”

Iran has sentenced a businessman to death for allegedly spying for Israel.

Bush administration officials were directly involved in negotiating oil contracts between Iraq and Western oil majors.

Europe

Spain is celebrating its first Euro Cup victory in 44 years.

Inflation in the eurozone has jumped to 4 percent.

Global Economy

Oil prices have reached $143 a barrel.

At least 29 countries have curtailed food exports in a bid to keep domestic prices low.

Decision ’08

Retired Gen. Wesley Clark took aim at John McCain’s military experience, saying, “I don’t think riding in a fighter plane and getting shot down is a qualification to be president.”

McCain and Barack Obama both wooed Latino voters over the weekend.

Today’s Agenda

The African Union summit begins in Egypt. All eyes will be on Mugabe and how he is received by other African leaders.

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is visiting China.

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