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Another Russian Journalist Dies Prematurely

Police say Ivan Safronov, a military correspondent for a major Russian newspaper, jumped out of a fifth-floor window. But the media and friends say it’s likelier that he was murdered because his reporting had embarrassed Vladimir Putin’s government. Thirteen Russian journalists were killed in 2006, making it the third-most-dangerous country to report from.
(h/t: Largest Minority)

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Attacks Kill More Than 100 Iraqi Shiites

A series of attacks targeting Shiite pilgrims killed more than 100 people in Iraq on Tuesday. Some victims said they blamed the Sunnis, but also the lack of security provided by Iraqi police and U.S. forces. Though reports vary, Reuters has reported the death toll at 149.

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‘Scooter’ Libby Found Guilty

I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby was found guilty on four of the five counts of perjury and obstruction for which he was standing trial.  Media Matters anticipates the misinformation talking points likely to circulate in the mainstream media.

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Indonesian Earthquake Kills 70

The Indonesian island of Sumatra was slammed by a 6.3 magnitude earthquake on Tuesday, followed shortly by a 6.0 aftershock. The event was felt in Malaysia and Singapore, hundreds of miles away. Authorities were scrambling to cope with downed communication lines, overwhelmed hospitals and shattered buildings. A government official put the death toll at 70 so far.

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Poll: Israel and Iran Have Mostly Negative Influence

Most people believe Israel and Iran have a substantially negative impact on the world, according to a BBC poll of 28,000 people in 27 countries. Canada and Japan rated highest among nations that were seen to have a largely positive influence.

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Vets’ Healthcare Inquest Begins

Mea culpas, heated exchanges and reform pledges marked the first day of congressional hearings about the treatment of American veterans in military facilities like the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Meanwhile, Washington Post journalists Anne Hull and Dana Priest are following up on their Reed report with similar stories from vets across the country.

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Oxford Think Tank: A Strike on Iran Could Backfire

Nuclear experts from the Oxford Research Group have some words of advice for world leaders about their future dealings with Iran.  Scientist Frank Barnaby,  who co-authored the think tank’s report, warned that pre-emptive military action “could speed Iran’s progress to a nuclear bomb.” 

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Civilian Casualties Claimed in Afghanistan Bombing

An American air raid on Monday is said to have killed nine civilians in Afghanistan, a day after gunfire in the country’s Nangarhar region caused more than 10 civilian deaths. 

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Home Foreclosures on the Rise

As interest rates continue to spiral out of control for many high-risk borrowers, the number of home foreclosures around the country is steadily going up. There isn’t much good news for the opportunistic lenders either—more than 20 mortgage companies have already gone bankrupt.

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vanityfair.com

Revisiting the ‘Insurgent’ Generals

Vanity Fair has an interesting profile of six retired generals—all of whom voted for George W. Bush—who famously and courageously condemned the administration’s conduct of the Iraq war. Find out why they went against years of military tradition to speak out, and how they feel about the current state of affairs.

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