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U.S. Kills Iraqi Soldiers

Eight Iraqi soldiers were killed and six wounded on Friday, Iraqi officials reported, after an American helicopter mistook them for an al-Qaida cell and opened fire. The U.S. military, which says only five were killed, expressed its “deepest sympathies” for the friendly-fire deaths.

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A Former Interrogator Speaks

The U.S. military insists that Abu Ghraib was an isolated abuse, but at least one soldier suggests a wider system of torture is at work: “I watched as detainees were forced to stand naked all night, shivering in their cold cells and pleading with their captors for help. Others were subjected to long periods of isolation in pitch-black rooms. Food and sleep deprivation were common, along with a variety of physical abuse, including punching and kicking.”

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EU Gets Tough on Environmental Crime

The European Union is about to unveil plans to further criminalize anti-environmental behavior, allowing the courts to imprison violators responsible for negligent pollution, among other crimes. The policy change demonstrates the growing power of the European Commission over member states.

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Pentagon Gives Cherry-Pickers a Slap on the Wrist

An internal review by the Pentagon found that the intelligence cherry-picking policy shop run by Douglas Feith (above), a group President Bush relied on to sell the war, acted inappropriately but not illegally. The inspector general’s findings will be made public at a Senate hearing Friday.

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Gore Allies Hold Powwow

A group of Al Gore’s campaign veterans and supporters met in Boston on Thursday to brainstorm a potential 2008 bid for the presidency. The former vice president denied any involvement and still insists he’s not running for anything, but his strong policy stances, unrivaled experience, name recognition and fundraising ability have supporters around the country hoping he’ll change his mind.

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Blogger Jailed Longer Than Any Other Modern Journalist

Josh Wolf has been in prison for more than 170 days—longer than any other journalist in modern history. The freelance videographer and blogger has been held since he refused to hand over footage of WTO protesters to authorities because, he says, the precedent would make journalists “de facto deputies and investigators” for law enforcement.

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New York Mulls iPod Ban on City Streets

A N.Y. state senator wants to make it illegal to use any kind of electronic device while crossing a city street. He’s basing his sure-to-fail proposal on “iPod oblivion,” which he claims has resulted in pedestrian deaths.

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‘Progress Made’ in North Korea Talks

Diplomats at six-party talks were cautiously optimistic that North Korea will take initial steps toward disarmament.

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Tim Russert Takes Questions, for a Change

Testifying about his involvement with the “Scooter” Libby CIA leak case, Tim Russert was very different from his familiar image as a bombastic Sunday morning talk show host.

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7 GOP Senators Back War Debate

Sens. John Warner and Chuck Hagel, along with five other GOP senators who earlier this week helped to block deliberations on Bush’s troop escalation, now say they will do everything in their power to ensure an open debate.

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