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Secretary-General ‘Humbled’ by Darfur

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has braved pro-government protests to visit a refugee camp in Darfur, where he said he was “shocked and humbled” by the “hardship all these tens of thousands of people were undergoing.” Residents at the camp gave the world’s top diplomat a warm greeting, chanting “Welcome, welcome Ban Ki-moon.”

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Paul Gillmor
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Ohio’s Rep. Paul Gillmor Dead at 68

Rep. Paul Gillmor, an Ohio Republican who had held his seat in the House for nearly 20 years, was found dead in his Washington apartment on Wednesday by members of his Capitol Hill staff.  The cause of Gillmor’s death had not been officially announced by Wednesday afternoon. He was 68.

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U.S. Bomber Takes Nukes on Accidental Trip

This is the kind of human error story that makes a strong case for worldwide nuclear disarmament:  Armytimes.com reported Wednesday that five nuclear warheads were mistakenly carried on a B-52 bomber from North Dakota to Louisiana on Aug. 30—which means they were effectively missing for more than three hours.

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Larry Craig
AP Photo / Troy Maben

And Then Again, Maybe Not

Idaho Sen. Larry Craig is apparently not absolutely certain he will resign on Sept. 30 following the discovery of, and ensuing media blitzkrieg about, his June arrest in a Minneapolis airport men’s room.  According to Craig’s camp, the embattled senator is considering his options, including the possibility of reversing his guilty plea.

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DoD / Tech. Sgt. Andy Dunaway, USAF

China Denies Hacking Pentagon

China has denied responsibility for a large raid on the Department of Defense’s computer network, attributing the accusation to a “Cold War mentality.” A senior U.S. official was quoted in the Financial Times as implicating the People’s Liberation Army in the attack, which forced the Pentagon to shut down its network for more than a week.

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GAO Report Gives Iraq Gov’t an ‘F’

Well, it’s not as bad as last week’s leaked version, but the Government Accountability Office’s Iraq progress report is still pretty grim.  According to the GAO’s findings, the current Iraqi government has failed to meet 11 out of 18 benchmarks set last May by U.S. officials.

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Chemical Ali
AP Photo / Darko Vajinovic

‘Chemical Ali’ Death Sentence Confirmed

The remaining days of Ali Hassan al-Majid, aka “Chemical Ali,” are numbered.  More specifically, after an Iraqi court upheld his June sentence, al-Majid, who earned his nickname by playing a key role in the gassing deaths of some 100,000 Kurds in 1988, has 30 days or less to live.

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Orwell
guardian.co.uk

For Orwell, Life Imitated Art

It turns out that George Orwell, famed author of “1984” and originator of the term “Big Brother,” was spied on by his government for more than 10 years. Members of Britain’s MI5 suspected the writer of being a communist, until they bothered to read him, and were apparently baffled by his “bohemian” clothes.

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Iraq Reality Check

The Washington Post has three excellent reports that refute the rosy depiction of Iraq by so many politicians and pundits these days. After such a lousy prewar performance for the media in general, it’s nice to see one of the most mainstream of outlets dig in and investigate what’s really going on while the administration tries to pass off hype as genuine progress.

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medecineworld.org

Bad News for Older Smokers

Cigarette smoking is even worse for your health than previously thought. Dutch researchers have found that smokers over the age of 55 are 50 percent likelier to develop some form of dementia.

Posted on Sep 3, 2007 READ MORE


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