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French Royal Line Leads to India

The eldest living descendant of France’s King Henry IV appears to be a 48-year-old lawyer in Bhopal, India. Prince Michael of Greece “discovered” Balthazar Napoleon de Bourbon’s ancestral ties while researching a book, though the supposed heir’s family had previously attempted to gain recognition.

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Bush Calls for End of Communism in Cuba

While preparing for his Latin American tour, the president suggested that Cuban communism should die with Fidel Castro. Bush also took a shot at his nemesis in the region, Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez, for his recent decision to nationalize some private industry: “I strongly believe that government-run industry is inefficient and will lead to more poverty.” Before passing judgment, remember that our president is, in fact, an expert on government inefficiency.

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Activate Puke Ray

A weapon that makes people vomit… it just sounds too fantastically foul to become a reality (but then again, what about weapons development isn’t disgusting?).  According to the Wired blog, it’s under development and is one of the many nonlethal weapon “novelties” described in an invitation to the “07 Navy Opportunity Forum.”

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Bill Would Let Airport Screeners Unionize

An anti-terrorism bill making its way through the Senate would allow airport screeners to unionize. Republicans in Congress, ever the friends of working men and women, have fought against the provision, arguing that a screener union would threaten security and safety.

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Another Russian Journalist Dies Prematurely

Police say Ivan Safronov, a military correspondent for a major Russian newspaper, jumped out of a fifth-floor window. But the media and friends say it’s likelier that he was murdered because his reporting had embarrassed Vladimir Putin’s government. Thirteen Russian journalists were killed in 2006, making it the third-most-dangerous country to report from.
(h/t: Largest Minority)

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Attacks Kill More Than 100 Iraqi Shiites

A series of attacks targeting Shiite pilgrims killed more than 100 people in Iraq on Tuesday. Some victims said they blamed the Sunnis, but also the lack of security provided by Iraqi police and U.S. forces. Though reports vary, Reuters has reported the death toll at 149.

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‘Scooter’ Libby Found Guilty

I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby was found guilty on four of the five counts of perjury and obstruction for which he was standing trial.  Media Matters anticipates the misinformation talking points likely to circulate in the mainstream media.

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Indonesian Earthquake Kills 70

The Indonesian island of Sumatra was slammed by a 6.3 magnitude earthquake on Tuesday, followed shortly by a 6.0 aftershock. The event was felt in Malaysia and Singapore, hundreds of miles away. Authorities were scrambling to cope with downed communication lines, overwhelmed hospitals and shattered buildings. A government official put the death toll at 70 so far.

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Poll: Israel and Iran Have Mostly Negative Influence

Most people believe Israel and Iran have a substantially negative impact on the world, according to a BBC poll of 28,000 people in 27 countries. Canada and Japan rated highest among nations that were seen to have a largely positive influence.

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Vets’ Healthcare Inquest Begins

Mea culpas, heated exchanges and reform pledges marked the first day of congressional hearings about the treatment of American veterans in military facilities like the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Meanwhile, Washington Post journalists Anne Hull and Dana Priest are following up on their Reed report with similar stories from vets across the country.

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