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Gitmo Detainee Commits Suicide

A Saudi prisoner at the detention center in Guantanamo Bay has apparently committed suicide, the U.S. military said in a statement. Human rights organizations have repeatedly warned that indefinite detentions—some now longer than five years—combined with harsh “interrogation techniques” and unfair trials could drive detainees to take their own lives.

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Arms Race Déjà Vu?

Relations between the U.S. and Russia may be strained by the Bush administration’s planned implementation of an anti-missile shield in Eastern Europe.  Russian President Vladimir Putin had strong words for the U.S. Tuesday as Kremlin officials proudly unveiled new missiles—a month before Putin and President Bush will meet in Kennebunkport, Maine.

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5 Suspected Militants Captured in Baghdad

American and Iraqi troops raided houses and buildings in Baghdad’s Sadr City neighborhood on Wednesday to arrest five suspected members of a Shiite terror cell following Tuesday’s brazen kidnapping of a British computer expert and his four bodyguards from a government building in the capital city.

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L.A. Police Chief: ‘It All Broke Down’

As he delivered a report on the May Day incident to the Los Angeles Police Commission, Chief William Bratton acknowledged that his officers made mistakes born out of a breakdown in communication. Video of riot police firing rubber bullets into an apparently peaceful and compliant gathering of immigration protesters on May 1 sparked public outrage and an investigation.

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Joint Chiefs Chairman Has Trouble Counting

Gen. Peter Pace, speaking to CBS’ Harry Smith on Memorial Day, said: “When you take a look at the life of a nation and all that’s required to keep us free, we had more than 3,000 Americans murdered on 11 September, 2001. The number who have died, sacrificed themselves since that time, is approaching that number.” In actuality, 3,455 U.S. military personnel had been killed in Iraq alone at the time of Pace’s blunder.

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Zoellick Tapped to Replace Wolfowitz

Now that Paul Wolfowitz has resigned his post at the top of the World Bank— blaming the media for his ultimate downfall—President Bush has found his successor in former Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick, who will take over as bank president at the end of June.

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Cindy Sheehan: ‘It’s Up to You Now’

Antiwar protest icon Cindy Sheehan says she is retiring from the spotlight and “going home for awhile to try and be normal.” In her Daily Kos diary, she writes: “Goodbye America ... you are not the country that I love and I finally realized no matter how much I sacrifice, I can’t make you be that country unless you want it.”

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Who Wants to Win a Kidney?

If you thought reality television had already hit its nadir, guess again.  The creators of the “Big Brother” franchise have whipped up a shocking new premise for their next hopeful hit in the Netherlands: A terminally ill woman will, with advice from viewers, choose the winner ... of her kidneys.  Update:  Producers at Endemol have admitted that the show is a hoax.

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Obama Hops on the Healthcare Bandwagon

How did the third rail of American politics suddenly become the must-have political accessory in the 2008 election? It might have something to do with skyrocketing healthcare costs and the tens of millions of uninsured. Thus Barack Obama has become the latest candidate to call for universal health coverage.

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Blackwater Opens Fire in Baghdad

Security contractor Blackwater USA was involved in two shootings in Baghdad last week. After firing on and killing an Iraqi driver, Blackwater guards found themselves in a standoff with heavily armed Iraqi Interior Ministry forces. A senior U.S. adviser said Iraq-American relations at the ministry have suffered greatly since the incident.

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