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Latest US Solution to Iraq's Civil War: A Three-Mile Wall
BAGHDAD -- A wall U.S. troops are building around a Sunni enclave in Baghdad came under increasing criticism on Saturday, with residents calling it "collective punishment" and a local leader saying construction began without the neighborhood council's approval.The U.S. military says the wall in...
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When "Good Politics" Gets Lethal:
Harry Reid Takes a Dive on Gun Control
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World Opposed to U.S. as Global Cop
WASHINGTON - The world public rejects the U.S. role as a world leader, but still wants the United States to do its share in multilateral efforts and does not support a U.S. withdrawal from international affairs, says a poll released Wednesday.The survey respondents see the United States as an...
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Call to End Wolfowitz's Reign Goes Global
WASHINGTON - The calls for embattled World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz to step down have gone global, coming from newspapers, officials, activists and even Internet bloggers from across the world.Wolfowitz, who took over as the 10th president of the World Bank in June 2005, has admitted to...
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Massacre Renews Call for 'Common-Sense' Gun Policy
WASHINGTON - The massacre at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, which left at least 33 dead and 29 injured in the worst school shooting in U.S. history, has led gun control advocates in Congress and elsewhere to call for immediate reforms to current gun control legislation.The...
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Give Us a Smile
If you were to walk along the streets of your neighborhood with your face up and an open expression, how many of those who passed you would smile, or greet you in some way? Smiling is a universal human practice, although readiness to smile at strangers varies according to culture. In Australia,...
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Smog, Heat Waves May Contribute to Big Rise in Illness
Higher temperatures over the coming decades are expected to cause more smoggy days and heat waves, contributing to a greater number of illnesses and deaths in the United States, according to international climate scientists.Severe heat waves -- characterized by stagnant masses of warm air and...
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East Timor Struggles On
East Timor's peaceful but contentious first round of balloting last week for the largely ceremonial post of president may give the impression that a stable democracy has taken root in that island nation. Unfortunately, East Timor's troubles are far from over. Indonesia's harsh annexation of East...
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The Growing Toll of Iraqi Civilian Deaths
"The suffering that Iraqi men, women and children are enduring today is unbearable and unacceptable," the director of operations of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Pierre Kraehenbuehl, stated Wednesday on releasing a ICRC report on the situation in Iraq after four years of the US-led...
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Paving The Way For Smarter Roads
Decaying roads, rising traffic congestion, and voters distrustful of government and extraordinarily leery about increased gas taxes. What are political leaders to do? The "hot" new idea is "monetizing" toll roads and bridges - leasing them to a private operator in return for a big upfront payment...
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