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Wall Street Journal – Worldwide News Briefs For January 25, 2007 January 25, 2007

Posted by notapundit in US News, World News.
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A SUICIDE CAR BOMBER STRUCK a predominantly Shiite neighborhood in central Baghdad, killing at least 26 people
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Lebanon’s army imposed a nighttime curfew after government and opposition supporters clashed at a Beirut university campus. One person was reported killed.
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Cheney’s spokeswoman testified that she told Libby that a prominent war critic’s wife worked for the CIA days before he said he learned it from a reporter.
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Two Ohio vote workers were convicted of cherry-picking clean precinct counts to avert a wider 2004 recount in the state’s largest county.
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Clashes in Guinea have killed 59 people this week as protests against the West African nation’s government continued.
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Russia’s Putin offered to build four new nuclear reactors for energy starved India, cementing his country’s traditional role as India’s main nuclear benefactor.
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A U.S. Navy vessel picked up signals from the flight data recorders of an Indonesian jetliner that crashed into the sea on New Year’s Day with 102 people onboard.
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A federal jury convicted anti-abortion extremist James Kopp, who is already in state prison for murdering an upstate New York abortion provider in 1998.
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Leaders at Davos are questioning whether fears from workers in developed countries about stagnating wages and job growth will lead to political backlash.
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Union membership dropped to 12% of the U.S. work force last year, the lowest percentage in recent history.
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Democrats hit a bump in quick-marching their minimum-wage bill through Congress. The Senate faces a filibuster if tax cuts aren’t added.
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U.S. drug companies that offer treatments for radiation exposure are attracting new federal attention after Alexander Litvinenko’s death in London from poisoning by polonium-210.
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China said Hu’s African tour is intended to boost trade and highlight aid initiatives, denying accusations it is overlooking rights abuses there.
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Israel’s Moshe Katsav said he would step aside temporarily to fight rape accusations, but rejected near-universal calls for him to quit as president.
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An NAACP official suggests bias explains Medicare’s nonpromotion of a heart drug for blacks. Some doctors say generics work as well.
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A former Mississippi sheriff’s deputy was arrested in the 1964 slayings of two black teenagers who were long believed to have been kidnapped and killed by the Ku Klux Klan.
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The NFL and its players union have agreed to more extensive drug testing and have added EPO to the league’s list of banned substances.

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