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Alan Johnston
news.bbc.co.uk

Kidnapped BBC Reporter Spends Birthday in Captivity

BBC reporter Alan Johnston will spend his 45th birthday in captivity. He was kidnapped nine weeks ago in Gaza, where he had worked for three years. The BBC will mark his birthday with candlelight vigils in cities around the world.

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Care to Change Your Tune, Mr. Gonzales?

Sens. Feingold, Schumer, Kennedy and Durbin have asked Attorney General Alberto Gonzales if he cares to revise previous testimony after the revelations of former Deputy Attorney General James Comey, who gave contradictory testimony about Gonzales’ attempt to “take advantage of a very sick man.” If you’ve been overwhelmed by Bush administration scandals and missed the details of this one, here’s a primer.

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Harry
news.bbc.co.uk

Prince Harry Is Denied an Iraq Excursion

Prince Harry eagerly wanted to deploy to Iraq with his fellow soldiers, but the head of the British army has said the risks to the prince and those serving around him would be “unacceptable.”

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Mayors Impatient for Climate Action

Representatives from 30 major cities around the world are meeting in New York at the invitation of Michael Bloomberg and former President Clinton to discuss methods of combating global warming. Bloomberg said city leaders will have to fill the “void” caused by national governments’ failure to act.

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If at First You Don’t Convict, Try, Try Again

A federal appeals court is looking into the legitimacy of “do-overs” for detainee tribunals at Guantanamo Bay. Critics say the practice is unfair because it effectively allows the government to retry cases until it gets the results it wants, but there may not be much the high court can do under current legislation.

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hitch
radaronline.com

Hitchens’ Fiery Send-Off for Falwell

Based on his comments to CNN’s Anderson Cooper on the day of the Rev. Jerry Falwell’s death, it looks like author and provocateur Christopher Hitchens (pictured) will have to wait a while to be invited back into President Bush’s inner circle.  Hitchens channeled his disdain for religion and for Falwell into one scathing send-off on Cooper’s show.

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Manhunt Intensifies in Iraq

U.S. forces are making a military and multimedia blitz in and around Baghdad to find the three American soldiers missing since last weekend.  Planes dropped leaflets offering a $200,000 reward, the same message was broadcast over loudspeakers and local radio, and hundreds of Iraqis have been held for questioning in recent days, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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Republicans Turn on Each Other in Second Debate

The first Republican debate was like a first date, with the presidential candidates behaving politely and saying things they could all agree on, like “Ronald Reagan and tax cuts are great, don’t you think?” But by the second debate, it’s clear these guys aren’t relationship material. Here are some highlights, including Rudy Giuliani attacking Ron Paul for making sense.

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Lute
news.bbc.co.uk

Meet the War Czar

Lt. Gen. Douglas Lute has agreed to be President Bush’s first “war czar.” Lute will answer directly to the president, although it’s still not entirely clear how much authority he’ll have. The White House had offered the job to a number of nominees who turned it down.

Posted on May 15, 2007 READ MORE


Kangaroos
theglobalguy.com

Australia Has Had Enough of Kangaroos

The Australian military says it intends to kill some 3,000 kangaroos, citing a population boom that threatens several endangered species.

Posted on May 15, 2007 READ MORE


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