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At Least 40 Dead in Lebanon Skirmish

At least 40 people have been killed during a day of intense fighting between the Lebanese army and Fatah Islam, a splinter Palestinian militant group in Lebanon.

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Carter Disses Blair and Bush

Former President Jimmy Carter is not a fan of the Bush administration’s approach to international relations, calling it “the worst in history” in a recent interview.  While he was at it, Carter took aim at British Prime Minister Tony Blair (above, with Bush), calling his compliance with Bush’s policies “a major tragedy for the world.” 

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Speaking the Language of Whales

“Whale whisperer” Bernie Krause is attempting to save an injured mother humpback whale and her calf near Sacramento, Calif., where they hit a dead end in the San Jose River Delta.  Krause is talking to the whales using recordings of humpback calls—a strategy he used before to successfully reroute a wayward whale.

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Two ABC Journalists Slain in Baghdad

Two more members of the news media have sacrificed their lives covering the Iraq war.  Cameraman Alaa Uldeen Aziz and sound technician Saif Laith Yousuf, both Iraqi journalists working for ABC in Baghdad, were abducted Thursday and found dead at the city morgue Friday, according to an ABC executive.

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We’ll Always Have Baghdad

Tony Blair is getting one last glimpse of the mess he helped make before stepping down. The outgoing prime minister’s staff says the purpose of Blair’s Baghdad visit is to highlight the connection between security and political stability, but we can’t help but notice an emerging trend. Remember Donald Rumsfeld’s farewell tour of Iraq?

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Israel Considers ‘Other Actions’ in Gaza

The Israeli ambassador to the U.S. has said his country’s actions in Gaza, including airstrikes, have been “very measured” in response to Palestinian rocket attacks and a devolving political situation, but that “other actions” may be necessary in the future. An anonymous Israeli official said that could include reoccupying Gaza, which he described as the least desirable scenario.

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CNN’s Martin Defends Ron Paul

Rudy Giuliani was widely praised for his demagogic smackdown of Ron Paul during the second Republican debate, feigning shock and outrage at Paul’s explanation of “blowback.” But Giuliani’s performance, while a crowd-pleaser, exposed the superficiality of his terror-fighting credentials. As CNN’s Roland Martin writes: “Giuliani must be an idiot to not have heard Paul’s rationale before.”

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Bush Has ‘Full Confidence’ in Gonzales

More lawmakers are calling for Alberto Gonzales’ resignation and the Senate is even considering a symbolic no-confidence vote, but the White House announced Friday that the president will stand by his man: “The attorney general has the full confidence of the president. ... We think he’s been a very strong attorney general and we continue to support him.”

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Moore Pays Foe’s Health Bills

Michael Moore is enjoying major buzz at the Cannes Film Festival for his new film, “Sicko,”  about the U.S. healthcare system.  Meanwhile, one of his staunchest detractors has discovered that the anonymous benefactor who paid off his sick wife’s $12,000 yearly medical insurance bill was none other than the documentary filmmaker.

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Blair to Take Over Wolfowitz’s Post?

With Paul Wolfowitz soon to be between jobs, the task of finding his successor as World Bank president is under way, and, according to at least one bank insider, outgoing British Prime Minister Tony Blair (above) may be a prime candidate.

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