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U.N. Approves Peacekeepers for Darfur

The U.N. Security Council has unanimously approved the world’s largest peacekeeping force, with as many as 26,000 troops and police officers, to take over operations in Darfur. The joint effort between the U.N. and the African Union will have the necessary mandate to defend civilians and aid workers, but it remains unclear how quickly the force can be deployed.

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Khmer Rouge Prison Chief Indicted in Cambodia

Kang Kek Ieu, otherwise known as Duch,  the first of a group of former Khmer Rouge leaders to be investigated by a U.N.-affiliated tribunal in Cambodia, has been charged with crimes against humanity, according to the BBC.

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Cheney a ‘Big Fan’ of Gonzales

Although Alberto Gonzales’ critics might say otherwise about the attorney general, Vice President Dick Cheney (pictured) thinks Gonzales is a real standup guy.  In an interview with CBS, Cheney insisted that Gonzales has been telling the truth in his face-offs with the Senate Judiciary Committee and said he’s a “big fan” of the beleaguered attorney general.

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Chief Justice Has Mysterious Seizure

Chief Justice John Roberts was hospitalized Monday (and released Tuesday) after experiencing a seizure, his second. Doctors were unable to find a cause in either case, leading one neurologist unrelated to the episode to observe: “Having two seizures so many years apart without any known culprit is going to be very difficult to figure out.”

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Obama Defends Religion Remarks

In an interview with a Christian Broadcasting Network blog, Barack Obama stood by his assessment that conservative Christian leaders have “hijacked” religion. The candidate went even further, declaring that America is not exclusively a Christian nation.

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Sen. Stevens’ Home Raided by FBI

The FBI has raided the home of Sen. Ted Stevens, the longest-serving Republican in the U.S. Senate’s history, who famously described the Internet as “a series of tubes.” Agents were apparently searching for documents related to a contracting company that may have profited from relationships with prominent lawmakers.

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Condi Pitches $20-Billion Mideast Arms Deal

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Monday revealed details of an extensive arms package totaling $20 billion for Saudi Arabia, Egypt and other nearby countries—along with a $30-billion 10-year plan for Israel—with the purported aim of shoring up Middle Eastern states against the potential regional threat posed by Iran.

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Legendary Director Ingmar Bergman Dies

Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman, who burst upon the ‘50s cinema scene with films like “Wild Strawberries” and “The Seventh Seal” and went on to become one of the world’s most highly acclaimed auteurs, died Monday on the Baltic island of Faro at age 89.

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Iraqi Soccer Champ Fears for His Life

One might expect that Iraqi soccer star Younis Mahmoud (pictured, center), who scored the winning goal for his country in Sunday’s Asian Cup finals game against Saudi Arabia, would have a hero’s welcome waiting for him at home.  Instead, Mahmoud plans to steer clear of his country for fear of being killed, and he voices the hope that American troops will withdraw as soon as possible.

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New British PM Cozies Up to Bush

Gordon Brown has made an effort to keep alive the long-distance love affair between Downing Street and the White House, saying on Sunday that the world owes the U.S. a debt “for its leadership in this fight against international terrorism.” It should be noted that one of Brown’s ministers recently said Anglo-American foreign policy would not be “joined at the hip.”

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