Not entirely sure that Michael is off on break now, although it seems likely. If he headed home, hopefully he’ll have a chance to take in the final State of Origin match tonight in Sydney, it promises to be extremely intense! (Queensland won the series in 2006 and 2007.) Go Maroons!
Picked this up from the CNN ticker:
July 1st, 2008
Contractors in Iraq lose immunity
Posted: 02:06 PM ET
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — Private contractors working in Iraq will no longer receive immunity from prosecution in that nation under a deal being brokered by Iraqi and U.S. officials, said Iraq Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari.
He told CNN that he briefed Iraq parliament members about the new agreement Tuesday during a closed-door meeting. Officials at the U.S. State Department, which is leading the U.S. side of the negotiations, could not be immediately reached for comment.
The immunity issue was one of the sticking points in the ongoing talks over a long-term security agreement. Negotiations are continuing on other issues.
Not sure who is holding down the fort in Baghdad — Arwa is apparently back in Indonesia and Morgan Neill has left; looks like Jill Dougherty may be the only one there.
Also, maxie sent this along: “Book Drive for Iraq”