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worldsecuritynetwork.com

U.N. Beefs Up Iraq Effort

Ban Ki-Moon said the United Nations is boosting its efforts to address a growing humanitarian crisis in Iraq. Speaking at a U.N. conference on Iraq’s economy, the secretary-general urged the 90 nations in attendance not to abandon the war-ravaged country. Update: Iraq unveils a five-year reconstruction plan.

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Israel Says No Dice to Palestinian Government

Israeli officials say they will not work with a newly formed Palestinian coalition, calling the power-sharing regime “a leap backward.” Despite a tentative pledge from Hamas to “respect” past agreements, Israel feels the new government does not meet the requirements set out by the so-called quartet of Western nations.

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usafricaonline.com

Mugabe Disses Western Critics

Ever the diplomat, Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe blew off criticism from Western leaders following Sunday’s bloody protest, at which several members of a government opposition group were badly injured in a skirmish with the police.  Mugabe’s charming reaction:  His detractors can “go hang.”

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washingtontimes.com

Plame Takes the Stand

Former CIA operative Valerie Plame ripped into the Bush administration Friday for blowing her cover by leaking her identity to the press in 2003.  Plame told Congress in her first public testimony that her name and identity were “carelessly and recklessly abused by senior officials in the White House and State Department,” pointing out the “terrible irony” of the circumstances surrounding her outing.

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Money for Nothing

The news that the Treasury will once again sheepishly release a small batch of dollar coins raises the question: Why are Americans so hung up on paper money when countries like Britain and Canada have enjoyed the benefits of coinage for years? Don’t scoff—the Government Accountability Office estimates potential savings at $500 to $747.5 million annually.

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E-Mails Contradict White House

The White House has suggested that the idea to fire U.S. attorneys originated with former counsel Harriet Miers, but newly released e-mails show that Alberto Gonzales discussed the matter with political guru Karl Rove even before he was confirmed as attorney general. Related: Check out the Brad Blog’s excellent coverage of the voter-fraud angle of the scandal.

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news.bbc.co.uk

Warmest Winter in at Least 125 Years

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has declared this winter the warmest on record for the Northern Hemisphere. So far, 2007 appears likely to rank as the warmest overall year. Annual temperatures have broken the record in 10 of the last dozen years.

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Bush/Lieberman
boston.com

Withdrawal Timetable Defeated in the Senate

Despite the threat of a veto, withdrawal legislation moved forward in the House Thursday. Meanwhile, in the Senate, a weaker measure was successfully opposed by all but one Republican, two Democrats and Joe Lieberman.

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acuf.org

Bush Puts Heat on Gonzales

If Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales wasn’t concerned about job security before, now may be the time for him to start worrying.  President Bush gave Gonzales a public dressing-down Wednesday about his role in the recent spate of U.S. attorney firings, adding more weight to the speculation that his days on the job may be numbered. 

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Mohammed Claims a Role in 31 Terror Plots

The Pentagon released a deeply disturbing transcript featuring a slew of confessions made by suspected 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed that, if true, link him to thousands of deaths over the last two decades. 

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