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Wall Street Journal – Worldwide News Briefs For February 2, 2007 February 2, 2007

Posted by notapundit in US News, World News.
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A NEW U.S. INTELLIGENCE ESTIMATE warns that the Iraq security situation will deteriorate without measurable progress in halting the violence. The military is investigating reports that a U.S. copter crashed near Baghdad.
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A senior Pentagon official resigned over controversial remarks in which he criticized lawyers who represent terrorism suspects, the U.S. Defense Department said.
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Bush allies fought to stymie a Senate rebuke on Iraq. Sens. Lieberman, McCain and Graham introduced a resolution endorsing additional troops and demanding Maliki show progress.
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Hundreds of workers in Iran have set up piping, control panels and electric cables for Tehran’s underground uranium enrichment plant, diplomats said Friday.
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A federal judge refused to throw out a lawsuit against the Army Corps of Engineers alleging that a controversial navigation channel caused flooding during Hurricane Katrina.
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A U.N. envoy recommended internationally supervised statehood for Kosovo, but Serbia’s president rejected the proposal, saying it ‘opens the possibility of independence’ for the province.
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At least 14 people were killed in Florida as severe thunderstorms and at least one tornado struck the center of the state, destroying homes and causing power outages.
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The Senate voted to boost the federal minimum wage $2.10 to $7.25 an hour over two years, but the business tax breaks paired with the bill face hurdles in the House.
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A U.N. global-warming paper gave the firmest assessment yet that human activity is the cause, dialing up pressure for action.
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Libby is fighting to keep his grand-jury testimony about the leak of a CIA operative’s name from being released and broadcast in the media.
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Resurgent violence in Gaza between Hamas and Fatah forces killed seven people, destroying a brief truce and forcing thousands to huddle in their homes to escape the crossfire.
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Putin said Russia is economically robust, a victim of unfair suspicions abroad and wary of U.S. intentions, during his annual address.
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Executive Tsang promised tax cuts and new jobs as he declared his candidacy for a second term as Hong Kong’s leader, and said he was open to a public debate with his opponent.
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The European Commission expressed disappointment at a U.S. plan to overhaul subsidies to its farmers. Farm products are at the heart of a global trade round expected to tear down trade barriers and boost global wealth.
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The CDC issued flu-pandemic guidelines that include a ranking system of progressively tougher responses like those for hurricanes.
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Federal officials unveiled a system for predicting the severity of the next world-wide outbreak of a super flu, drawing from the current hurricane-warning system.
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The Army Corps of Engineers has determined that 122 levees across the U.S. are at risk of failing. California led the list with 37.
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Scholastic scheduled July 21 for the release of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” and set a cover price of $34.99 for the novel.
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The chief of Thailand’s airports quit ahead of his evaluation before the company’s board, in the latest event in a cascade of bad publicity about the showcase facility.
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Gian Carlo Menotti, a Pulitzer-prize winning opera composer and founder of Italy’s Festival of Two Worlds, died at 95.

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