What's Next: Jul. 31, 2006

•Iran Will Answer But U.N. action could stall a deal

Iran has pledged to reply by Aug. 22 to a Western offer of incentives to stop its nuclear activity. But it warned of consequences if the U.N. Security Council officially takes up its case--which the U.S. hopes the panel will do this week.

•Congo Votes Will the election usher in stability?

President Joseph Kabila is favored to win Congo's July 30 vote, its first free election since 1961. A peaceful poll would aid recovery from a bloody civil war that ended in 2003. But most of his 32 opponents are already...

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