[Guest post by DRJ]
“Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey announced today that the Justice Department will open a criminal investigation of the CIA’s destruction of videotapes that showed harsh interrogation tactics of suspected terrorists.”
“President Pervez Musharraf announced Wednesday that Scotland Yard will help investigate the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, reversing his initial rejection of foreign help after he came under pressure to allow a U.N. probe.
Authorities also pushed back parliamentary elections until Feb. 18—a six-week delay prompted by the rioting that followed the opposition leader’s death. Opposition parties condemned the delay but still plan to take part in the elections, seen as a key step in bringing democracy to Pakistan after years of military rule.”
“Oil prices soared Wednesday and briefly hit $100 a barrel for the first time ever, reaching that milestone amid an unshakeable view that global demand for oil and petroleum products will continue to outstrip supplies.
Surging economies in China and India fed by oil and gasoline have sent prices soaring over the past year, while tensions in oil producing nations like Nigeria and Iran have increasingly made investors nervous about supplies and invited speculators to drive prices even higher.”