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EU Condemns ‘Rendition’ Enablers

The European Parliament has condemned 14 member states for either ignoring or assisting the U.S. policy of “extraordinary rendition.” The report, which won approval by a wide margin, says the CIA carried out 1,245 flights of abducted suspects, sometimes to nations where the detainees could expect torture.

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Iraq Crackdown Empowers PM

Lt. Gen. Aboud Qanbar, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s point man for military operations in Baghdad, announced sweeping new military powers on Tuesday as part of a large-scale crackdown on sectarian violence. Qanbar said he is in absolute control of the effort and answers only to Maliki, signaling an expansion of the prime minister’s authority.

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msnbc.com

Where in the World Is Moqtada al-Sadr?

An anonymous U.S. official said on Tuesday that prominent Shiite cleric and Iraqi political figure Moqtada al-Sadr had fled to Iran in order to escape either an American crackdown or fringe elements of his own militia. But several Iraqi officials on Wednesday, also speaking anonymously, said al-Sadr was still in Iraq.

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North Korea Deal a ‘Template’ for Iran

The Bush administration hopes its deal with North Korea will serve as a “template” for Iran, but convincing Tehran to abandon its nuclear program won’t be a walk in the park. Unlike North Korea, Iran has no use for energy aid and has managed to outmaneuver the U.S. in several regional conflicts.

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Cheney Escapes Cross-Examination

The lawyer of alleged perjurer “Scooter” Libby revealed Tuesday that neither his client nor the vice president will testify for the defense. Dick Cheney would have been the first vice president to testify at a criminal trial, open to a range of uncomfortable questions from the prosecution.

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Ancient Chimps ‘Used Stone Tools’

“Chimpanzees in West Africa used stone tools to crack nuts 4,300 years ago,” the BBC reports. “The discovery represents the oldest evidence of tool use by our closest evolutionary relative.”

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Many Iraqis Survive by Using Google Earth, Other Web Tools

According to the BBC, sites like the Iraq League site and Internet tools like Google Earth have become important means of survival in Iraq—helping Iraqis avoid death squads, plan escape routes and guard against attacks.

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ABC News

Ahmadinejad Says Iran is ‘Ready to Cooperate’

During a contentious interview with Diane Sawyer, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that his country is “ready to cooperate” with regard to its nuclear program “within the framework of regulations.” He also called the Holocaust an “excuse” for the occupation of Palestinian land.

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North Korea Agrees to Disarmament Deal

North Korea has agreed to shut down its main nuclear reactor within 60 days in exchange for either energy or economic aid. The U.S. has also promised to drop North Korea from a list of terrorist states and normalize relations.

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A Novel Approach to Homeland Security

The Navy is hoping to deploy a group of dolphins and sea lions to protect a base on the Puget Sound from the risk of scuba-diving terrorists. Seriously. Not surprisingly, PETA thinks it’s a bad plan.

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