Morning Brief: No let-up in Gaza
Top Story Israel continued to push troops into Gaza on the 11th day of the conflict. In talks with French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said that no truce was possible until Hamas was prevented from re-arming. Israel claims to have killed 130 Hamas fighters since the conflict began while five Israelis have ...
Perhaps, as Anne Applebaum suggests, it’s time to stop referring to the Isreali-Palestinian situation as a “peace process.”
U.S. Presidential Transition
In a surprise move, President-Elect Obama chose former White House Chief of Staff Leon Panetta as CIA director.
Obama arrived on Capitol Hill to lobby for his $800 billion stimulus package.
Bill Richardson’s withdrawal and Roland Burris’s nomination are providing the transition with some unwanted drama.
The U.S. opened its biggest embassy ever in Baghdad.
Iran is offering “protection” for embattled Nobel Prize-winning human rights activist Shirin Ebadi.
The Iraqi shoe-thrower’s trial has been postponed.
Russia is continuing to reduce the flow of gas into Ukraine.
Riot police were attacked by gunmen in Greece.
A Moroccan immigrant was elected mayor of Rotterdam.
A Chinese media report warned of spreading civil unrest throughout the country in 2009.
The Taliban has been doing some creative accounting with its casualty figures.
Sri Lankan authorities are close to bringing Tamil Tiger territory under control.
Hugo Chavez says a referendum to remove his term limits will apply to governors and mayors as well.
The anti-kidnapping expert kidnapped in Mexico last month has vanished without a trace.
Rod Blagojevich’s nominee for Obama’s senate seat, Roland Burris, is on his way to Washington for tough questioning.
Robert Mugabe plans to form a government in February, without the agreement of opposition parties.
Angola closed its border with the Democratic Republic of Congo to prevent an Ebola outbreak.
Kenya’s ruling coalition is fraying.
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Joshua Keating was an associate editor at Foreign Policy. Twitter: @joshuakeating
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