FROM Farah Stockman
Secretary Clinton Back on Capitol Hill The military Taliban have seized control of another district of Pakistan, just 70 miles from Islamabad, the capital city. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told Congress today that more people ought to be worried. Clinton's testimony was her first before Congress since she was confirmed in January. Farah Stockman is foreign affairs correspondent for the Boston Globe.
Iran Denounces Administration's New Sanctions Yesterday, the US announced tough new economic sanctions against Iranian banks, key branches of the military, nine companies and five individual officials. Today, Iran's foreign minister denounced them as "worthless and ineffective." Farah Stockman reports for the Boston Globe .
Iraqi Prime Minister al-Maliki Criticized in DC, Baghdad From the North American Leaders' Summit in Canada today, President Bush acknowledged frustration with the government of Iraq's President Nouri al-Maliki, but said it's up to the Iraqis to determine who governs their country. Michigan Senator Carl Levin , who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee, is the latest American to call for al Maliki's removal . Farah Stockman covers foreign affairs for the Boston Globe .
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