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Northern Ireland Chooses Peace

The heads of Northern Ireland’s main Protestant and Catholic political parties have joined together in an historic power-sharing government. Ian Paisley, leader of an anti-Catholic church, and Martin McGuinness, formerly of the IRA, will lead the new government. Both men have spent time in prison for their extremist roles in the conflict.

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Barack’s Her (Political) Guy

Is this the beginning of Oprah’s Political Club? The talk show queen says she is officially endorsing Democrat Barack Obama’s ‘08 presidential bid—primarily because of her personal connection to the candidate. 

Posted on May 7, 2007 READ MORE


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World Bank Committee:  Wolfowitz Is Guilty

World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz’s job may hang in the balance after a panel made up of almost a third of the bank’s board members found him guilty of inappropriately pulling professional strings and lining up a hefty pay raise for his girlfriend, Shaha Ali Riza, two years ago. 

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Bush’s Royal Blunder

President Bush managed to commit one of the biggest possible no-nos, taken straight out of the Book of Things Never to Say to Women, when lauding Britain’s visiting Queen Elizabeth II (she’s the one wearing the hat) at the White House on Monday:  He insinuated that the queen is older than her actual age.

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U.S. General:  American Troop Deaths Will Rise

Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch, in charge of southern and eastern areas of Baghdad, delivered the grim prediction Sunday that U.S. troop casualties will rise as American forces infiltrate the biggest danger zones in and around the capital.  Lynch gave his forecast on a deadly day for Americans and Iraqis alike.

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Mexicans Bare All for Art’s Sake

About 18,000 people converged in Mexico City’s Zocalo plaza Sunday, shucked their clothes and posed for photographer Spencer Tunick, far outstripping his former record of 7,000 in Barcelona. 

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L.A. Police Chief Sides With Marchers

As many as 60 LAPD officers have been pulled from the streets, following a violent clash with protesters on May 1. Chief William Bratton has called some of the actions of the officers, who attempted to break up an apparently peaceful and lawful rally by firing 148 rubber bullets, “indefensible.”

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Iraq Violence Claims 12 U.S. Soldiers and Dozens of Civilians

Twelve American soldiers were killed in Iraq over the weekend, six and a civilian journalist in one attack alone. Meanwhile, bombings in Baghdad and Samarra on Sunday killed at least 44 Iraqis, including a police chief and 11 of his officers.

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Conservative Wins French Election

Socialist candidate Segolene Royal has conceded to conservative Nicolas Sarkozy, the next president of France. In his acceptance speech, Sarkozy promised to unite a divided nation and urged Washington to address climate change more aggressively.

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Is Gates on a Different Page?

While the Bush administration has repeatedly referred to the Democrats’ timetable for withdrawal from Iraq as a recipe for failure, Defense Secretary Robert Gates has praised the measure. He’s also urged an assessment of the troop escalation by this summer—sooner than supporters of the “surge” would like—and indicated support for a withdrawal as outlined by the Iraq Study Group, which he was once a part of.

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