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Boris Yeltsin Dead at 76

The Kremlin released word on Monday of former Russian President Boris Yeltsin’s death, apparently of heart failure.  Yeltsin leaves behind a complex legacy. He was instrumental in Russia’s transformation from Soviet state to democracy, but, as Mikhail Gorbachev noted, Yeltsin also made some “serious errors.”

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Russia Won’t Budge on Missile Defense

Defense Secretary Robert Gates was dispatched to Russia on Monday to smooth over relations with Vladimir Putin, who is upset over U.S. plans to locate missile defense sites in Europe. Russia has repeatedly voiced its opposition to such plans, and Monday’s meeting between Gates and his counterpart was no exception.

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Iraqi PM Shuts Down Wall Construction

Last week U.S. forces began building a controversial wall around a Sunni neighborhood in Baghdad, ostensibly to protect its residents from sectarian violence. On Sunday, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said he opposed the construction and had ordered it stopped.

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The Blind Leaders of the U.S. and Iraq

Despite a week of horrific violence in Iraq, President Bush reaffirmed on Friday his belief that the surge was working, while Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki insisted two days later that his country was not in a state of civil war. In the latest round of attacks Sunday, 70 people were killed, including 23 members of a religious minority.

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Strife, Doubt in Wake of Nigerian Election

An election monitoring group in Nigeria is planning to reject the results of Saturday’s presidential election to replace Olusegun Obasanjo, saying there was corruption in the voting process.  The poll results aren’t fully tallied yet, but two of the 24 candidates are accusing the governing People’s Democratic Party of tampering with the political process.

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France’s Vote Turnout Highest in Decades

France has experienced its highest voter turnout in nearly 50 years, with right-winger Nicolas Sarkozy and socialist Segolene Royal, pictured, headed for a runoff. If she wins, Royal will be France’s first woman president, but she took in fewer votes than Sarkozy.

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Rich Little Treads Lightly at Press Dinner

Instead of hearing the truth(-iness) from the likes of Stephen Colbert, organizers of this year’s White House Press Correspondents’ Association dinner played it safe (read: boring) by inviting comedian Rich Little to entertain President Bush and the assembled flock of journalists Saturday night. 

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New York Going Green

Just in time for Earth Day, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is expected to announce on Sunday 127 environmental proposals, including a plan to add a million trees to the city over the next 10 years. With an EPA you have to sue in order to see enforcement, it’s no wonder local leaders of all political stripes have increasingly taken on environmental regulation themselves.

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Gonzales on the Downslide

Beleaguered Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales worked the phones on Friday, throwing out lines to congressional bigwigs in the wake of his unconvincing performance in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, but two more key Republicans aren’t buying his act.  In fact, they’re also suggesting that he step down.

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Al-Qaida Making Mergers

Despite U.S. efforts to quash al-Qaida, the terrorist organization is rebuilding its base in rural Pakistan—and doing some serious networking to connect with other militant groups in Africa and the Middle East, steering them to focus on Western targets on a local and international scale.

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