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May 30,2007
BAGHDAD - May has become the deadliest month for U.S. troops in Iraq this year, with 117 fatalities reported, the highest monthly toll since 2004. The most violent area used to be Anbar province in the west but Diyala province, northeast of Baghdad, has taken the lead, a Los Angeles Times correspondent reported Wednesday. The shift was somewhat predictable, U.S. Army Lt. Col. Christopher Garver, a U.S. military spokesman, said. He said part of the ... [full story]
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May 30,2007
KHARTOUM, Sudan - New U.S. sanctions against Sudan may have little impact on the country's lucrative oil exports, the United States' special envoy for Sudan said. "The purpose of these sanctions is not sanctions," Special Envoy Andrew Natsios said in a New York Times report. "The purpose of these sanctions is to send a message to the Sudanese government to start behaving differently when they deal with their own people." U.S. President George Bush announced ... [full story]
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May 30,2007
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina - Bosnian authorities issued an international warrant for the arrest of a Bosnian Serb war crimes convict who escaped from a prison last week. In Sarajevo, Judge Medzida Kreso, chairman of the Bosnia-Herzegovina court, told reporters Bosnian Serb Radovan Stankovic, while in prison, was sending death threats to a judge who sentenced him and a prosecutor who raised charges, the Bosnian Fena news agency reported Wednesday. The court has assigned special protection measures ... [full story]
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May 30,2007
BEIJING - China's death sentence on a former top drug official for bribery may point to the severity of the pressure the nation faces to make its food and drugs safer. The harsh punishment on the former food and drug administration head was for allegedly taking about $830,000 over seven years, but The Los Angeles Times noted Thursday it comes as China finds itself in the midst of several scandals affecting its food and drug ... [full story]
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May 30,2007
JERUSALEM - Israeli Vice Premier Shimon Peres announced his candidacy for the state presidency in Jerusalem on Wednesday with the support of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. The 84-year-old former prime minister made the announcement at a meeting of the Kadima party, saying it was a difficult decision to make because of his age, Haartez reported. "I decided to accept this position after numerous requests, first and foremost by the prime minister, (members of the Knesset), ... [full story]
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May 30,2007
KABUL, Afghanistan - The Taliban is working with al-Qaida in Afghanistan and learning attack and media techniques from the terror network, Afghan and former Taliban officials said. "The Taliban have changed immensely in the last year due to the mentoring they are getting from leading Arab jihadists in Pakistan with al-Qaida, both in the realm of battlefield tactics and media operations," Lutfullah Mashal of the Afghan National Security Council told The Washington Times. A former ... [full story]
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May 30,2007
BAGHDAD - The U.S. military turned over security responsibility for three northern Iraqi provinces to Iraq's own police and military on Wednesday. Dahuk, Erbil and Sulaymaniya provinces are predominantly Kurdish and have been relatively peaceful compared with the sectarian violence further south. After the change of command, seven of Iraq's 18 provinces were under domestic control, although U.S. forces have not entirely withdrawn from any of them. U.S. military spokesman U.S. Army Maj. Gen. William ... [full story]
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May 30,2007
GLYNCO, Ga. - U.S. President George Bush called for conservative lawmakers to drop their opposition to an immigration reform bill working its way through the U.S. Senate. Speaking at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Ga., Bush said Tuesday that arguments about the bill allowing illegal immigrants to remain in the country use the word "amnesty," which he said is not the case. "This bill is not an amnesty bill. If you want ... [full story]
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May 30,2007
BUENOS AIRES - A student doing research in court archives in Argentina found the passport Nazi official Adolf Eichmann used to enter the country. Eichmann's wife turned the document over to the court when she filed a complaint about his kidnapping by Israeli agents. Eichmann was hanged in Israel in 1962 for his part in organizing the deportation of Jews to death camps. The passport is now in the hands of the Holocaust Museum in ... [full story]
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May 30,2007
BAGHDAD - Coalition troops on Wednesday detained five terror suspects in Baghdad, including a man suspected of transporting weapons from Iran to Iraq. The man and four others were arrested in Sadr City, a heavily Shiite neighborhood in Baghdad, CNN reported. "Intelligence reports indicate the cell leader that was targeted and detained during the morning's operation is suspected of being a key weapons trafficker ... of small arms, mortars and other munitions, from Iran to ... [full story]
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