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Gay Flamingos Adopt Chick

A pair of gay flamingos with a yen for parenthood have adopted an abandoned baby chick at a nature preserve in Britain. Homosexuality is not uncommon among flamingos, and males are able to produce a type of milk for chicks. Fernando and Carlos have been mates for six years.

Posted on May 22, 2007 READ MORE


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Litvinenko’s Suspected Killer Defiant

After six months, a potential lead has emerged in the murder case of Russian expatriate Alexander Litvinenko (pictured), who died in England last November after allegedly being poisoned with radioactive polonium-210.  However, the suspect, former KGB officer Andrei Lugovoi, denies that he had a hand in Litvinenko’s death, according to the BBC.

Posted on May 22, 2007 READ MORE

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Jolie Praises Daniel Pearl’s Widow

Angelina Jolie and paramour Brad Pitt hit the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival for the premiere of their latest joint effort, “A Mighty Heart,” which focuses on Mariane Pearl, played by Jolie, as she weathers the abduction and murder of her husband, American journalist Daniel Pearl, in 2002.

Posted on May 21, 2007 READ MORE

Iraq Prepares for U.S. Withdrawal

Iraqi Defense Minister Abdul-Qader al-Obeidi revealed Monday that his government is planning for a rapid pullout of American forces: “The army plans on the basis of a worst-case scenario so as not to allow any security vacuum. ... There are meetings with political leaders on how we can deal with a sudden pullout.”

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When Hugging Is a Crime

Nilofar Bakhtiar, Pakistan’s federal minister for tourism, is in hot water with clerics in her home country for hugging a skydiving instructor who guided her through a tandem parachute jump for charity last month.  Now, after striking such an “obscene” pose, she’s had to resign from Pakistan’s Cabinet.

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Iraqi Girl’s Stoning Death Causes Furor

Although it was sadly not an isolated incident, the bloody death by stoning of a 17-year-old girl has sparked controversy about sectarian strife and gender relations in Iraq, which some believe have taken a sharp turn for the worse since the beginning of the war in 2003.

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AP Photo / Todd Plitt

Flynt: Falwell Was a Friend

Anyone who has seen “The People vs. Larry Flynt,” or anyone who knows about the famous Supreme Court battle between Flynt (center) and the late Rev. Jerry Falwell (right) over the First Amendment, would probably be shocked to know that the two former enemies became friends after appearing together on “Larry King Live” 10 years ago.

Posted on May 21, 2007 READ MORE

AP Photo / Damian Dovarganes

Carter Backpedals on Bush and Blair

Jimmy Carter must have received some angry phone calls over the weekend after he seemingly explicitly called the Bush administration the “worst in history” in terms of foreign policy and critiqued team Blair in Britain for going along with Bush’s agenda, because Monday morning found Carter in serious backpedal mode on the “Today” show.

Posted on May 21, 2007 READ MORE

A Note on Chris Hedges’ Column

Chris Hedges’ Truthdig column, which normally appears on Monday, will be posted on Wednesday this week. Chris is busy preparing for his debate with Sam Harris on Tuesday at UCLA’s Royce Hall, where he will present his companion essay, “I Don’t Believe in Atheists.” If you can’t make it or you just can’t wait, here is a preview of the column.

Posted on May 21, 2007 READ MORE

Justice O’Connor Warns Against Judicial Inconsistency

In an apparent rebuke to the Supreme Court’s recent abortion decision, retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor told Fox News that the law “shouldn’t change just because the faces on the court have changed.” O’Connor, who time and again swung the court in favor of a woman’s right to choose, also criticized lawmakers who try to put political pressure on the judicial process.

Posted on May 20, 2007 READ MORE

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