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Iran Expanding Its Nuke Program

A report released by the International Atomic Energy Agency reveals that Iran is moving forward with its nuclear program, in defiance of sanctions imposed in March by the United Nations.  The watchdog agency says Tehran is obstructing the IAEA’s investigative efforts to monitor suspicious nuclear activities, according to the BBC.

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Democrats Cave on Timetable

The Democratic leadership in Congress is close to a deal with the White House to provide funding for the war without a timetable for withdrawal. The legislation will include benchmarks for U.S. aid, close to $8 billion in domestic spending and a minimum-wage increase, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has indicated that she cannot bring herself to vote for a bill that doesn’t set a withdrawal date for U.S. troops.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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