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Afghan Civilian Death Toll Climbs

Human Rights Watch issued the sobering news Monday that 2006 was the deadliest year in terms of civilian casualties in Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban.  Almost 700 deaths are linked to insurgent groups—and of that number about two-thirds resulted from suicide bombings—while 230 more have been chalked up to NATO-led troops.

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Slur Suit DOA at Top Court

The Supreme Court dismissed a racial discrimination lawsuit brought by Robert Jordan, an African-American former employee of IBM in Maryland who said he was fired a month after protesting to higher-ups about a racist comment made by a white co-worker in 2002.

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Virginia Tech Gunman ID’d

A day after the deadly shootings at Virginia Tech that killed 33 people, police have released the identity of the gunman.  He was 23-year-old senior Cho Seung-Hui, a “loner,” according to a campus official, who moved to the U.S. from South Korea 14 years ago.

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Poll Finds Democrats Favored as Managers of War

According to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, 58 percent of Americans trust congressional Democrats to do a better job of setting policy for the Iraq war than the president. An overwhelming majority, however, disapprove of the job both branches of government have done so far.

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Sudan Signals Acceptance of U.N. Peacekeepers

The Sudanese government has indicated to the United Nations Security Council that it will allow a second phase of U.N. peacekeepers to deploy, retreating from the long-held position that such a force would compromise its sovereignty. However, Khartoum has a history of reneging on promises to the U.N.

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French Intelligence Warned of Airline Terror Plot in 2001

Months before 9/11, French intelligence warned the CIA that al-Qaida was planning an attack involving airplanes, according to classified documents and former French intelligence officials. The information was vague and possibly misleading, but it speaks to the intelligence community’s inability to coalesce fragmentary warnings into something concrete and comprehensive.

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Hollywood, Bollywood in Culture Clash

Who’d have ever imagined that serene Buddhist actor and do-gooder Richard Gere would be burned in effigy by angry Hindu throngs all over India?  The outcry erupted Sunday after Gere dipped Indian starlet Shilpa Shetty and kissed her face multiple times at an AIDS-awareness event—and we’ve got the clip.

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Kerry Plays It Coy

Sen. John Kerry hinted that he may once again set his sights on the White House, perhaps even joining the lineup of ‘08 campaigners, while in Denver promoting a new book he co-wrote with wife.

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Massacre at Virginia Tech

Students were under lockdown at Virginia Tech on Monday after a gunman opened fire in two buildings on the Blacksburg campus, killing at least 32 people (according to the Associated Press) and wounding at least 15 others before he shot himself.

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Brits Nix ‘War on Terror’

The British government has officially quit using the term “war on terror,” arguing that Bush’s slogan has backfired and, instead of weakening the world’s polyglot bands of terrorists, has in fact strengthened them.

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