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President Bush capped off his administration's weeklong campaign to convince America that the "surge" is working with a televised address on Thursday. Nestled among assorted pseudo-announcements and stale slogans was a telling pitch from a president who has repeatedly revised his motive for war: "Our mission in Iraq will evolve."

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The Security Council is set to approve an expansion of the UN's presence in Iraq Meanwhile, the organization's staff association, representing thousands of employees around the globe, voted unanimously to oppose the measure and recall U workers already in Baghdad.

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The former Marine intelligence officer and author of "Waging Peace" takes on Alan Dershowitz, the American Legion and other advocates of the war who have equated "supporting the troops" with continuing the senseless and often brutal occupation of Iraq.

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Italy's prime minister has tentatively offered to take the leadership role in Lebanon's peacekeeping mission with a deployment of 3,000 troops. France, which was to lead the mission, has offered only 200 troops after expressing concern over the force's mandate.

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Paul Wolfowitz, one of the architects of the Iraq war, has appointed many apparently unqualified Republican loyalists to high positions at the international agency. "The bank is stewing with discontent." | story

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