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French Intelligence Warned of Airline Terror Plot in 2001

Months before 9/11, French intelligence warned the CIA that al-Qaida was planning an attack involving airplanes, according to classified documents and former French intelligence officials. The information was vague and possibly misleading, but it speaks to the intelligence community’s inability to coalesce fragmentary warnings into something concrete and comprehensive.

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Hollywood, Bollywood in Culture Clash

Who’d have ever imagined that serene Buddhist actor and do-gooder Richard Gere would be burned in effigy by angry Hindu throngs all over India?  The outcry erupted Sunday after Gere dipped Indian starlet Shilpa Shetty and kissed her face multiple times at an AIDS-awareness event—and we’ve got the clip.

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Kerry Plays It Coy

Sen. John Kerry hinted that he may once again set his sights on the White House, perhaps even joining the lineup of ‘08 campaigners, while in Denver promoting a new book he co-wrote with wife.

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city-data.com

Massacre at Virginia Tech

Students were under lockdown at Virginia Tech on Monday after a gunman opened fire in two buildings on the Blacksburg campus, killing at least 32 people (according to the Associated Press) and wounding at least 15 others before he shot himself.

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Brits Nix ‘War on Terror’

The British government has officially quit using the term “war on terror,” arguing that Bush’s slogan has backfired and, instead of weakening the world’s polyglot bands of terrorists, has in fact strengthened them.

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St. Petersburg Showdown

Russian riot police clashed with about 500 demonstrators Sunday in St. Petersburg.  The situation escalated when the time the government had allowed for the rally expired but protesters continued to call for President Vladimir Putin to step down.

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Moore’s Cuban Tour

For his next documentary, “Sicko,” provocateur Michael Moore apparently invited a group of 9/11 responders to accompany him to Cuba and sample the country’s socialized healthcare system.  Harmful stunt or good medicine? 

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salon.com

Iraq’s ‘Hidden War’

Private U.S. contractors roam the battle zones of Iraq with impunity, and the Bush administration doesn’t even know if the actions of these hired guns are governed by any code of law.

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A Study in Contradictions

What a difference a year makes!  Let’s review:  Here’s what Paul Wolfowitz said about ending corruption at the World Bank in early 2006, about 14 months before news of his very own corruption scandal broke.

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time.com

Abstinence Classes a Bust

So much for just saying no as a sex education policy:  A large-scale congressional study of the effects of costly abstinence education programs in American schools concluded that one or two years of classroom indoctrination had no significant impact on if and when teens have sex.

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