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Mass Grave Discovered in Ukraine

During construction of a gas pipeline in southern Ukraine, workers found a mass grave containing the remains of thousands of Jews near an old concentration camp. A similar site was found last year, containing 3,500 victims. Representatives from the Jewish community say there are between 250 and 700 such graves in Ukraine, which explains why many have eluded discovery for so long.

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Conservative Senator Loses Battle With Cancer

Sen. Craig Thomas, R-Wyo., died at the age of 74 on Monday. Under Wyoming law, the state Republican Party will choose three candidates, and Democratic Gov. Dave Freudenthal will appoint the successor.

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Libby Gets 30 Months

Convicted perjurer I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby has been sentenced to 30 months in prison, a $250,000 fine and two years of probation, pending appeal and the inevitable pardon.

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Court Rules Against FCC Censorship

In a landmark ruling, a federal appeals court has sided with broadcasters against the Federal Communications Commission on the issue of indecency, saying the regulatory body has not adequately explained how the Constitution could permit the censorship of “indecent” language.

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Kenyan Police Gun Down 21

Police killed 21 members of the banned Mungiki sect in Nairobi, Kenya on Tuesday in retaliation for alleged attacks by the outlaw group in recent weeks.  The Kenyan government recently instituted a shoot-to-kill policy for the sect, according to the BBC.

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Jenna Bush Has a New Career

First daughter Jenna Bush (left) may be known for late-night reveling and getting kicked out of Argentina, but HarperCollins is betting at least $300,000 that she has enough gravitas to carry off a nonfiction book about AIDS and poverty in the Third World. According to Radar Online, “Ana’s Story: A Journey of Hope” is bad, but at least Jenna (unlike her dad) endorses the condom.

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‘Proof’ of American Hostages

A video has surfaced that shows what appears to be the identifications cards of two missing American soldiers. The Islamic State of Iraq, a Sunni insurgent coalition, has claimed responsibility for the capture of three soldiers, one of whom was later found dead.

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At Least 8 Die in Turkish Clash

A raid on a Turkish military camp by Kurdish separatist rebels left at least seven Turks and one rebel dead on Monday and seven more soldiers injured, according to the BBC.  The attack took place in the eastern town of Tunceli in the Pulumar region and is being attributed to the controverial Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

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¿Cómo Se Dice?  ¿Cómo Se Llama?  ¡Obama!  ¡Obama!

Latino supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama are attempting to fill what they see as a “void in media outreach” to voters from their communities by creating the site “Amigos de Obama,” where supporters can blog, coordinate events and even download a ringtone and special reggaeton tribute to the “skinny dude with the funny name.”

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Fightin’ Words from Putin, Ahmadinejad

Russian President Vladimir Putin (pictured) isn’t showing any sign of softening up in his response to the U.S. government’s plans to install an anti-missile shield in Europe.  Meanwhile, Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad dramatically announced that Israel’s days are numbered.

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