Pakistan is hemming and hawing about a report that the U.S. wouldn't cut it a cheque in February to fight al Qaeda and Taliban militants. Seems Washington is wondering if that's where the money actually goes. From the BBC: Pakistan receives some $80m (£41m) a month from the US to help fight militants near the [...]
Observe for yourself: Some editors wait their whole lives for a chance to get away with writing a headline like that. :) Here's the actual story. Incidentally, it was the most e-mailed story on BBC as I write this.
Americans' newfound interest in presidential politics has been noticed by the celebrity magazines. From the NYT: A FORMER editor of People magazine had some hard-and-fast rules: young is better than old, pretty is better than ugly, television is better than music, music is better than movies, movies are better than sports. And anything is better than [...]
From the World home page of nytimes.com: A Place to Read and Comment on Times Articles in Arabic By ROBERT MacKEY As part of Generation Faithful, our ongoing series examining the lives of young people across the Muslim world, The New York Times has established an Arabic-language blog.
From the NYT: When the Pentagon announced in March that Maj. Gen. Jay W. Hood would become the senior American officer based in Pakistan, it reflected the military’s aim to put a crisis-tested veteran in a critical job at a pivotal time in the fight against Al Qaeda and the Taliban in Pakistan’s tribal areas. [...]