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White House ‘Strongly Opposes’ Extra Pay for Troops

The House of Representatives wants to boost soldier pay by 3.5 percent in order to close the gap with private sector wages, but the White House opposes an increase beyond 3 percent. The White House has also come out against new benefits for disabled veterans and survivors of military retirees.

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Wolfie Waves Goodbye

Paul Wolfowitz will resign as president of the World Bank, effective June 30. He continued to insist that he behaved ethically while arranging a major raise for his girlfriend, but an internal investigation at the bank found otherwise.

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Low Turnout Expected in Algerian Elections

Pre-emptive violence and al-Qaida’s influence may cause lower polling numbers among the 18.8 million registered voters in Algeria’s parliamentary elections Thursday, the day after two explosions in Constantine killed one person and injured several others.

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Immigration Deal in the Works

The stage is set for a possible Senate showdown next week after top Democratic and Republican senators came to an agreement Thursday with White House officials on the particulars for a proposed immigration overhaul.

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UK Think Tank: Grim Outlook for Iraq

In a newly released report, the London-based think tank Chatham House warns of the possibility of widespread catastrophe and chaos in Iraq, claiming that the Iraqi government is practically impotent and obsolete and calling for serious policy revisions on the part of the U.S. and Great Britain.

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Israel Drawn Into Gaza Clash

After five days of fighting between rival Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip, Israel has entered the fray, responding to rocket attacks on its soil with airstrikes in Gaza.  The BBC reports that two Hamas officers were killed in the air attacks, and that at least 40 people have been killed since violence erupted last weekend.

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Alan Johnston
news.bbc.co.uk

Kidnapped BBC Reporter Spends Birthday in Captivity

BBC reporter Alan Johnston will spend his 45th birthday in captivity. He was kidnapped nine weeks ago in Gaza, where he had worked for three years. The BBC will mark his birthday with candlelight vigils in cities around the world.

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Care to Change Your Tune, Mr. Gonzales?

Sens. Feingold, Schumer, Kennedy and Durbin have asked Attorney General Alberto Gonzales if he cares to revise previous testimony after the revelations of former Deputy Attorney General James Comey, who gave contradictory testimony about Gonzales’ attempt to “take advantage of a very sick man.” If you’ve been overwhelmed by Bush administration scandals and missed the details of this one, here’s a primer.

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Harry
news.bbc.co.uk

Prince Harry Is Denied an Iraq Excursion

Prince Harry eagerly wanted to deploy to Iraq with his fellow soldiers, but the head of the British army has said the risks to the prince and those serving around him would be “unacceptable.”

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Mayors Impatient for Climate Action

Representatives from 30 major cities around the world are meeting in New York at the invitation of Michael Bloomberg and former President Clinton to discuss methods of combating global warming. Bloomberg said city leaders will have to fill the “void” caused by national governments’ failure to act.

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