The anti-government protests continue in Egypt, as we reported earlier, and the government of President Hosni Mubarak continues to talk about reform without giving into the protesters' demand that he step down immediately.
And we've also already posted about the slightly warmer days just ahead for many of the places across the nation that have been suffering through bone-chilling tempuratures and heavy snowfall in recent weeks.
Pakistan, Berlusconi, Patriot Act, Koreas
— Morning Edition — "Jailed American's Case Stokes Fury In Pakistan": "The case of a U.S. Embassy employee accused of murder in Pakistan threatens to spin out of control amid mounting U.S. pressure for his release and public anger over what is seen as another example of American impunity," NPR's Julie McCarthy reports, from Islamabad.
Julie McCarthy in Islamabad
— The New York Times — "Prosecutors Seek Immediate Trial In Berlusconi Sex Case": "A defiant Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said on Wednesday that he would continue to govern Italy even as Milan prosecutors filed a request to try him on criminal charges related to prostitution and abuse of office."
— Politico — In House, "Rank-And-File Reject Patriot Act": "House Republicans Tuesday night got a harsh introduction to the majority, as more than two dozen rank-and-file GOP lawmakers voted against reauthorizing the Patriot Act. And just hours before the vote on the Bush-era homeland security measure, GOP leaders yanked a trade bill from consideration as the Ways and Means Committee is 'working through issues.' "
— The Guardian — "North And South Korea Military Talks Collapse": "Relations between North and South Korea appeared to be improving when the two sides agreed to hold talks on the possible revival of attempts to reunite families separated during the Korean war. But efforts to defuse bilateral tensions have ended in failure after the simultaneous collapse of talks between high-ranking military officials."