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You've seen the quotation, now watch the clip of Sen John McCain, either in deep denial or completely irony-impaired (those being the more generous of many possible interpretations), giving his pronouncement that " in the 21st century, nations don't invade other nations" Oh .

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The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously to impose sanctions against North Korea in light of its recent nuclear test. Though financial and military aid is restricted, the sanctions do not allow for military action, and skeptics question how effectively the rules will be enforced.

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Sealed borders, regular military incursions and poor quality of life have brought Gaza to the breaking point, a UN official has said Karen Abuzayd, head of the U Relief and Works Agency, also warned that current tactics for dealing with Gaza have failed to inspire a spirit of compromise among Palestinians, and instead foster anger and resentment.

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Not to be outdone by the Italians, France has raised its troop commitment to 2,000, hoping to retain its leadership role in the peacekeeping effort in Lebanon. Kofi Annan was initially displeased with Europe's response to the call for a peacekeeping force.

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The UN Security Council adopted a resolution that calls for an end to the war between Israel and Hezbollah and authorizes 15,000 U peacekeepers to help Lebanese troops take control of south Lebanon as Israel withdraws Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert endorsed the deal, and the Lebanese cabinet looks set to do so as well.

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The move comes in the wake of its airstrike in the Lebanese village of Qana that killed at least 56 people, most of whom were women and children.

  • This is only a pause -- a concession the U.S. extracted from Israel in the wake of withering international criticism. The Israeli attacks will likely continue apace for at least 10 more days, and perhaps more.
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