The amount of cargo coming into Umm Qasr has tripled since April.
JP Morgan Chase & Co. downgrades Russian stocks as government looks set to nationalize private steel and oil companies.
Thomas Schweich charges that President Karzai is protecting drug traffickers within his power base, and says the US Defense Department and some NATO allies have also resisted antiopium efforts.
The European Union meets Friday to discuss ties to China after the unrest in Tibet.
The Russian Foreign Ministry summoned Britain's ambassador Monday, after the British Council defied orders by reopening its offices.