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Mock Bush Assassination Prompts Outrage

A British TV network is set to air a mock documentary that portrays the imagined assassination of President Bush.  While the White House has refused to comment on the program, one Republican spokesperson said: ?I find this shocking, I find it disturbing.  I don’t know if there are many people in America who would want to watch something like that.?

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U.N. OK’s Peacekeeping in Darfur

The U.N. Security Council has approved plans to create a peacekeeping force in Darfur, but will not deploy the troops until Sudan agrees.  The force of up to 22,500 would “replace or absorb” the 7,000 African Union soldiers whose mandate expires Sept. 30.  (h/t: Think Progress)

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Lebanon Pledge Drive a Major Success

Donors attending a conference in Sweden have pledged $940 million for Lebanon’s reconstruction, almost twice as much aid as organizers had hoped for.  Although he said his country had sustained billions of dollars in damage, Lebanese Prime Minister Siniora expressed his “great appreciation” of the donors’ support.

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Extra Nicotine Keeps Smokers Smoking

The average cigarette contains 10% more nicotine than it did in 1998 (some brands are 30% stronger). Seems a pretty effective way for “cancer stick” companies to hold on to their core market (i.e. the 70% of smokers who want to quit) in a time when the world has wised up to the health risks posed by smoking.

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U.S. Drafting Sanctions As Iran Pursues Nuclear Fuel

The U.S. and three European allies may seek a range of sanctions against Iran including travel restrictions on Iranian leaders and limitations on access to global financial markets. However, according to the NYT, a recent report by the IAEA might hamper the sanctions effort.  The report says Iran is making slow progress and has not increased its rate of production of enriched uranium, and that the purity of the uranium would only be useful for power plants, not weapons.

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Fear Mongering with a Dash of Racism From Sen. Burns… Again

Sen. Conrad Burns of Montana, a man who not so long ago referred to his house painter as a “nice little Guatemalan man,” has delivered yet another stunning one-liner. Ready for the punch line? At a campaign event with Laura Bush, Burns talked about the war on terrorism, saying “faceless” enemies “drive taxi cabs in the daytime and kill at night.” Nice.

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Olbermann Puts Rumsfeld to Shame

Keith Olbermann delivered a masterful retort on Wednesday to Donald Rumsfeld’s recent diatribe on fascism.  With a commentary as apt as it was eloquent, Olbermann excoriated the defense secretary’s very patriotism: “In what country was Mr. Rumsfeld raised?  As a child, of whose heroism did he read?  On what side of the battle for freedom did he dream one day to fight?  With what country has he confused? the United States of America?” (Video & Transcript)

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Schwarzenegger Defies GOP on Emissions Cap

California will become the first state to cap greenhouse gas emissions, should a deal reached between Gov. Schwarzenegger and state Democrats pass the Legislature.  The deal is seen as a betrayal by Republicans, who oppose a state cap on emissions.

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Sri Lankan Government Accused of Aid Worker Massacre

Cease-fire monitors in Sri Lanka have blamed government security forces for the slaughter of 17 humanitarian aid workers earlier this month.  Although government forces and Tamil Tiger rebels both claim to be sticking to the cease-fire, violence has escalated in recent months.

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Europe Is Called Lax in Fight Against Child Trafficking

A report by UNICEF and Terre des Hommes says Europe is not doing enough to address child trafficking, with thousands of children smuggled into Western Europe annually to become sex workers and slaves.

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