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Wall Street Journal – Worldwide News Briefs For January 29, 2007 January 29, 2007

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EX-WHITE HOUSE SPOKESMAN Ari Fleischer testified that Libby told him over lunch that the wife of a prominent war critic worked at the CIA.
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President Bush vowed the U.S. “will respond firmly” if Tehran escalates its military and economic ties with Iraq, in a warning that came as the latest move in a bitter standoff between the U.S. and Iran.
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U.S.-backed Iraqi troops killed 200 insurgents in Najaf who were allegedly plotting to kill pilgrims at a Shiite Muslim religious festival.
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A Palestinian suicide bomber attacked in the southern Israeli resort town of Eilat, killing himself and three people, in the first such attack in Israel in nine months.
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Democrats propose to halt more than $186 million in agricultural research grants in a 2007 spending bill that weeds out ‘earmarks.’
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Thailand’s suspension of patent protections on Sanofi and Bristol’s Plavix and Abbott’s Kaletra drew criticism from the pharmaceutical industry.
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Scientists from around the world gathered in Paris to finalize a report on climate change, expected to give a grim warning of rising temperatures and sea levels.
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World tourism rose 4.5% in 2006, with a record 842 million international tourist arrivals, the U.N. tourism watchdog said. But the outlook for future travel was less rosy.
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Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro was euthanized after complications from his breakdown at the Preakness last May.
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Hillary Clinton called for full Iraq withdrawal before Bush exits office as she hit the campaign trail to recast her image with Iowa voters.
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The African Union chose Ghana to head the 53-member bloc, turning aside Sudan’s bid for the second year in a row because of the worsening violence in Darfur.
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Robert Drinan, a Jesuit priest elected to Congress on an anti-war platform during the height of the Vietnam War, died in Washington at the age of 86.
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Pakistani troops went on alert after a suicide bomber in Peshawar killed 15 people near a Shiite mosque.
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At the closing session of the World Economic Forum, leaders appealed to governments and companies to keep their promises of aid to Africa.
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The Sinn Fein party voted to end decades of opposition to Northern Ireland’s Protestant-dominated police, removing an obstacle to restoring a power-sharing administration.
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‘Little Miss Sunshine’ won the Screen Actors Guild Award for best film. Helen Mirren of ‘The Queen’ and Forest Whitaker of ‘The Last King of Scotland’ also won awards, solidifying their positions as Oscar favorites.
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A study shows that giving hospitals bonuses for good performance — a favored idea in federal health policy — results in only modest improvements in the quality of care.
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Top commercial powers pledged to resume global trade talks that collapsed in July. Britain’s Blair said a deal was “more likely than not,” but WTO chief Lamy said the U.S., EU and others must make key concessions.
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Authorities have determined that the virulent H5 family of the bird-flu virus has killed dozens of chickens at a western Japan farm, the latest in a series of outbreaks in the country’s poultry.
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Emma Faust Tillman, the woman who became the world’s oldest known living person last week, has died. She was 114.

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