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guardian.co.uk

Drug Trade Blooms in Afghanistan

More than 93 percent of the world’s opiates are now grown in Afghanistan, with an opium crop that has doubled in the last two years. According to the executive director of the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime, “No other country beside China in the 19th Century ever had such a large amount of land dedicated to illegal activities.”

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timeinc.net

Depleted Uranium to Blame for Iraq’s Cancer Problem?

Is it just a coincidence that an unusually large number of American troops and Iraqi civilians are suffering from what appears to be a cancer epidemic? Iraq’s environment minister and a growing number of victims, scientists and even politicians say the widespread use of depleted uranium in U.S. munitions is to blame.

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Al Gore
businessinnovationinsider.com

Ad Agencies Vie for Gore’s Green Campaign

Signaling a sea change in the advertising business, four top-tier ad agencies are lining up to pitch to former Vice President Al Gore in hopes of landing the account for his Alliance for Climate Protection and helping Gore design a multimedia global warming campaign with a whopping $100-million annual budget.  The takeaway, according to AdAge:  Global warming is hot on Madison Avenue.

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Gonzales resigns
AP Photo / Charles Dharapak

Hasta Luego, Alberto

After months of intense scrutiny from the press, public and the Senate Judiciary Committee, beleaguered Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has followed in Karl Rove’s footsteps, becoming the second major member of President Bush’s inner circle to resign in this last phase of Bush’s presidency.  Gonzales called it quits on Monday, sparking a flurry of reactions on Capitol Hill.

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AP Photo / Petros Giannakouris

Greek Firestorm Closes In on Olympia

Wildfires are threatening Olympia, birthplace of the Olympics and home to some of Greece’s most precious archaeological treasures, including relics from the Temple of Zeus. Authorities are battling fires throughout the country, and dozens of people have been killed.

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British Troops Begin Basra Pullout

About 60 Britons withdrew from an Iraqi police base in Basra this weekend, marking the first step in British troops’ exodus from the city.  The BBC reports that the troops’ overnight departure caused some confusion as to who assumed control of the base, and British and Iraqi officials are denying reports that militant members of Muqtada al-Sadr’s Mahdi Army took over the outpost following the British pullout.

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Nouri al-Maliki
mtv.com

Maliki Hits Back at Congressional Critics

Responding to recent comments by top American politicians—Sens. Hillary Clinton and Carl Levin in particular—calling for his replacement, embattled Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki voiced some critical words of his own.

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Pakistan Sends Up a New Cruise Missile

Pakistan has put on another act in the ongoing show of military prowess between the South Asian nation and its neighbor India by successfully testing a new cruise missile, the Hatf VIII (aka Raad, or thunder in Arabic), which is designed to carry an array of different nuclear warheads. 

Posted on Aug 25, 2007 READ MORE


French Jail Awaits Noriega?

Once he’s released in September from a Miami prison, where he’s been serving time for the last 15 years, former Panamanian ruler Manuel Noriega faces yet another jail term, either in his homeland or, more likely, in France.  On Friday, a U.S. federal judge refused to block Noriega’s extradition to France, where he may endure yet another stint in a foreign prison.

Posted on Aug 24, 2007 READ MORE


Castro
Associated Press / Jose Goitia

Cuban Official Denies Castro Rumors

Though he’s been laying low for the last year after undergoing intestinal surgery,  Cuban leader Fidel Castro (pictured) is still well enough to remain in charge of his country, according to Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque, despite rumors that his health is rapidly deteriorating.

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