This morning's top stories:
- President Bush will announce new economic sanctions today against the Sudanese government in an effort to force its hand in putting an end to the bloodshed in Darfur.
- The Iranian government has formally charged an Iranian-American academic who was arrested during a visit to Iran early this month with endangering Iran's national security. Haleh Esfandiari's arrest has been widely condemned in the United States.
- The prominent antiwar activist Cindy Sheehan, whose son Casey was killed in Iraq in 2004, wrote in a column on the liberal blog Daily Kos yesterday that she is retiring from the movement out of disillusionment and because of poor health.
- A hotel in Australia that markets itself to gay men has won the right to limit the number of guests who are heterosexuals or lesbians in an effort to create a comfortable environment.