Allegations of electoral fraud may place the United States in a very uncomfortable situation as Hamid Karzai, a strong ally of the U.S. and Britain, may face an inquiry that could lead to a new round of voting in Afghanistan.
The L.A. Times reports that backers of the coup against Manuel Zelaya made progress Wednesday in negotiations with representatives of the ousted Honduran president, but the key point, Zelaya’s reinstatement, remained unresolved.
The New York Times reports that Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced a cautious and heavily conditioned plan on Wednesday to send 500 more British troops to Afghanistan, which would raise Britain’s contingent — the second largest in the 41-nation coalition fighting the eight-year war — to 9,500.
The Washington Post reports that as a result of the economic downturn, the U.S. military has met all of its recruiting goals for the first time in 35 years, and has enlisted more qualified youth.
The Financial Times reports that, in order to speed up its entry to the Europe Union, Croatia must crack down harder on corruption and improve its cooperation with United Nations war crimes investigators.