2006-01-31

Morning Report: January 31, 2005

Coretta Scott King dies. AP reports: ' Coretta Scott King, who turned a life shattered by her husband's assassination into one devoted to enshrining his legacy of human rights and equality, has died. She was 78. Flags at the King Center were lowered to half-staff Tuesday morning. "We appreciate the prayers and condolences from people across the country," the King family said in a statement. The family said she died overnight, but did not say where she died. She suffered a serious stroke and heart attack in 2005.' (AP via Yahoo)

IRI: UN referral would end diplomacy.Reuters reports: ' Iran said on Tuesday a move by the world's top five powers to report it to the U.N. Security Council would close diplomatic avenues to a solution of its long-running nuclear standoff with the West. Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States, plus Germany and the European Union agreed in London that the U.N.'s nuclear watchdog should report to the council this week on what Iran must do to cooperate with the agency. Iran reacted angrily to the new pressure and said even reporting its case to the council would kill off diplomatic efforts to resolve the row over a nuclear program that Tehran says is purely peaceful, not military as the West suspects.' (Reuters)