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DNA extractable from fingerprints " Even if the only evidence forensic analysts can pull from a crime scene is a fingerprint smudged beyond recognition, a new technique developed by Canadian scientists soon could harvest enough DNA from the print to produce a genetic identity.

The novel system can extract DNA in only 15 minutes, even if a print has been stored for a year. Scientists expect the invention to help crime-fighters solve mysteries, and already are in talks with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. In addition, researchers predict the technology could be at least twice as cheap as existing DNA collection methods." 
 UPI
07-31-2003 |
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Pentagon plans online terror bets "The Pentagon is planning to set up an online trading market in which bets could be made about future terrorist attacks and other major political developments."  BBC
07-29-2003 |
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US administration reaches out to communists, low-paid Iraqis "Promoting communists, doubling the salaries of the low-paid and banning the death penalty might not sound like the work of a US Republican administration, but then welcome to topsy-turvy post-war Iraq. ... Iraqi Communist Party official Numan Suhayel explains how the selection was made: "The Americans and the British sent a delegation to see us and then Hamid Majid met personally with Paul Bremer," he says."  Yahoo
07-28-2003 |
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US warned it faces 'third Gulf war' in Iraq "Five US soldiers were killed over the weekend in a spate of attacks by Iraqi militants, as a new study warned that the US may soon find itself in the midst of "a third Gulf war against the Iraqi people". ... CSIS military specialist Anthony Cordesman says the US has not learned the lessons of past conflicts, that "even the best military victories cannot win the peace". He writes: "Unless this situation changes soon, and radically, the United States may end up fighting a third Gulf war against the Iraqi people . . . It is far from clear that the United States can win this kind of asymmetric war." The study is likely to be a further blow to the US administration, already facing mounting criticism for chaotic reconstruction efforts in the country."  FT
07-28-2003 |
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California recall bid succeeds "The petition drive to recall Gov. Gray Davis has gathered enough valid signatures to force an election, Secretary of State Kevin Shelley said Wednesday evening. Election officials from the state's 58 counties reported more than 1.3 million valid signatures, more than the 897,158 needed to trigger the first recall of a governor in California history, said Shelley, who is responsible for administering the recall."  CNN
07-24-2003 |
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Three US soldiers killed in Iraq "Thursday's attack took place as a convoy from the 101st Airborne Division was travelling towards a village south-east of the city of Mosul, according to the US military. The soldiers came under small arms and rocket-propelled grenade fire. Two other soldiers were killed on Wednesday in separate attacks that also left eight wounded."  BBC
07-24-2003 |
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Saddam's Sons Confirmed Dead "Saddam Hussein's sons Odai and Qusai were killed Tuesday when U.S. soldiers stormed a house in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, U.S. military officials said Tuesday."  Fox
07-22-2003 |
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Identity theft explodes in US "More than seven million people in America have been the victim of identity theft, a report warns.

Research by IT consultancy Gartner Inc indicates identity theft - the use of someone else's personal details for financial gain - leapt 79% over the 12 months to June 2003." 
 BBC
07-22-2003 |
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Body 'matches' Iraq expert Police searching for the weapons expert suggested as the possible source for a BBC story on Iraq say the body they have found matches Dr David Kelly's appearance. "Earlier this week, Dr Kelly denied being the BBC's main source for a story claiming Downing Street had "sexed up" a dossier about Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. He appeared before the Commons foreign affairs committee on Tuesday. "  BBC
07-18-2003 |
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Iraq rebuilding 'could cost $90bn' "Iraq needs up to $90bn (£57bn) in investment to restore its economy to health, according to the latest assessment by experts."  BBC
07-17-2003 |
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U.S. May Call National Guard for Iraq Duty "The Pentagon could start a call-up of as many as 10,000 U.S. National Guard soldiers by this winter to bolster forces in Iraq and offset a lack of troops from allies, The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday. Missions in Iraq and Afghanistan have stretched the U.S. military thin, the report said, and soldiers there still face danger every day. One senior U.S. defense official, asked by the Journal if he had ever seen the Army stretched so thin, said: "Not in my 31 years" of military service."  ABC
07-17-2003 |
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U.S., N. Korea Drifting Toward War, Perry Warns - Former Defense Secretary Says Standoff Increases Risk of Terrorists Obtaining Nuclear   Washington Post
07-16-2003 |
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US to give missiles to Taiwan "THE US will deliver 200 advanced air-to-air missiles to Taiwan after it had held them in a US air base for three years to avoid upsetting China, a news report said today."  News Interactive
07-15-2003 |
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Perry Says U.S., N. Korea Are Drifting Toward War, Post Reports "Former U.S. Defense Secretary William Perry said the U.S. and North Korea are drifting toward war as soon as this year because the standoff over the North's nuclear weapons program is escalating, the Washington Post reported."  Bloomberg
07-15-2003 |
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India Refuses U.S. Request to Send Troops to Iraq "He said India was, however, ready to contribute to the rebuilding of infrastructure, health care, educational, communications and other civilians needs of the Iraqis. Political parties, including some in the ruling coalition, had said any Indian troops sent to Iraq would become part of an "occupation force" if they were not covered by a U.N. mandate."  Reuters
07-14-2003 |
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Nationalism, Patriotism, and Sovereignty "Today the concept of patriotism has been perverted so that it means nothing more than supporting the federal government in whatever it chooses to do, right or wrong. "My country, right or wrong" seems to be the prevailing "patriotic" attitude today. People say "How can you be patriotic if you don't support everything the government does?""  The Sierra Times
07-12-2003 |
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Bush Appointees Get Bonuses "Working at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission may not sound that glamorous — unless, of course, you were one of the six people who received an average bonus of $11,783 under a controversial Bush administration policy. The Washington Post reports 470 political appointees received $1.44 million in bonuses last year"  CBS
07-11-2003 |
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Bush Knew Iraq Info Was Dubious "..the President’s mistaken claim that Iraq tried to buy uranium from Africa was included in his State of the Union address -- despite objections from the CIA."  CBS
07-11-2003 |
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Rumsfeld reveals $6bn (AU $) a month price of war "The Pentagon has nearly doubled the estimated military cost of the war on Iraq to $US3.9billion ($5.9billion) a month as the former United States military commander for the country warned troop levels would not be reduced "for the foreseeable future"."  SMH
07-10-2003 |
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Two GIs killed in Iraq "The human cost of the U.S. war in Iraq rose again overnight, when two U.S. soldiers were killed in separate attacks as their convoys came under fire, military officials said. Meanwhile, the Pentagon said more than 1,000 U.S. troops have been injured since the war started, and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld told a Senate panel the occupation could cost $4 billion a month through September."  CNN
07-10-2003 |
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Iraq weapons 'unlikely to be found' Senior UK Whitehall sources no longer believe weapons of mass destruction will be found in Iraq, the BBC has learned  BBC
07-10-2003 |
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Bush Inc. The secretive Carlyle Group gives capitalism a bad name. But dismantling the whole system (see article) may be slightly over the top  Economist
07-09-2003 |
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Man Held as 'Combatant' Petitions for Release "Specialists in military law said that the legal challenge, coming just days after the Bush administration announced it was considering the use of military tribunals against six terrorism suspects, could present an important test of the executive branch's power to imprison suspects outside the reach of the civilian court system."  NY Times
07-09-2003 |
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Number of Americans killed in Iraq approaching death count from 1991 Gulf War "The Pentagon on Tuesday raised its count of Americans killed by hostile fire in Iraq since the war began in March to 143, a figure that approaches the 147 killed in the 1991 Gulf War.

When President Bush declared major combat operations had ended on May 1, the number killed in action stood at 114. Since then, guerrilla-style attacks have taken another 29 American lives, and Bush as well as U.S. military commanders have said the war is not yet over."
 
 SFGate
07-09-2003 |
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Big Brother Gets a Brain "The military is scheduled to issue contracts for Combat Zones That See, or CTS, as early as September. The first demonstration should take place before next summer, according to a spokesperson. Approach a checkpoint at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, during the test and CTS will spot you. Turn the wheel on this sprawling, 8,656-acre army encampment, and CTS will record your action. Your face and license plate will likely be matched to those on terrorist watch lists. Make a move considered suspicious, and CTS will instantly report you to the authorities."  Village Voice
07-09-2003 |
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Crash caused Lynch's 'horrific injuries' "The Army will release a report tomorrow on the ambush of the 507th Maintenance Company in Iraq that will show Pfc. Jessica Lynch and another female soldier suffered extensive injuries in a vehicle accident, but not from Iraqi fighters."  WashTimes
07-09-2003 |
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White House 'warned over Iraq claim' - The CIA warned the US Government that claims about Iraq's nuclear ambitions were not true months before President Bush used them to make his case for war, the BBC has learned.  BBC
07-09-2003 |
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Putin warns of 'catastrophe' from unilateralism "..it will lead to "chaos and catastrophe", Russian President Vladimir Putin said in remarks published here.

Putin was responding to a question on the US-led invasion of Iraq in an exclusive interview"
 
 
07-08-2003 |
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MSNBC Fires Savage on Anti-Gay Remarks  Miami Herald
07-07-2003 |
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Shootings of three US soldiers mark escalation of resistance "Three American soldiers were killed in separate attacks in Iraq in the last 24 hours amid signs that many Iraqis approve of the killing of the occupying soldiers."  Independent
07-07-2003 |
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New attacks kill two U.S. soldiers in Baghdad - Two American soldiers were killed in separate incidents in Baghdad overnight, U.S. military officials said Monday. Four others were wounded in an attack west of the Iraqi capital.   CNN
07-07-2003 |
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Website turns tables on government officials "Annoyed by the prospect of a massive new federal surveillance system, two researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are celebrating the Fourth of July with a new Internet service that will let citizens create dossiers on government officials."  Boston Globe
07-06-2003 |
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US and Europe set for clash over terrorist trials "The US faces another damaging diplomatic row with Europe over its decision to try six suspected al-Qaeda terrorists in secretive military tribunals.

The European Union's executive commission warned on Friday that applying the death penalty to any of the suspects detained at the US base at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba would risk undermining international support for the US-led war on terrorism."
 
 FT
07-05-2003 |
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Turkish fury at US Iraq 'arrests' "Turkey has protested to the United States, after accusing American troops of arresting 11 of its soldiers in northern Iraq."  BBC
07-05-2003 |
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Global Eye -- Troubled Sleep "The secret policemen snatched the citizen from his house. There were no charges, no warrants, no warnings. They spirited him away to a secret location; no one knew where he had gone, why he'd disappeared. The covert agents grilled him, in secret, for three months. They told him that if he didn't cooperate, he'd be declared an enemy of the state -- then they could salt him away in a military prison or the regime's concentration camp and hold him there, without charges, for as long as they wanted." 
 The Moscow Times
07-05-2003 |
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Discovery ups odds that Earth has twin Distant planet's orbit provides hint  Houston Chronicle
07-03-2003 |
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Mine Explosion Kills Marine in Iraq "More than 65 Americans have been killed since President Bush declared an end to major hostilities May 1, about a third of them in combat."  Fox
07-02-2003 |
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U.S. overseer in Iraq seeks reinforcements "The top American administrator in Iraq, confronting growing anti-U.S. anger and guerrilla-style attacks, is asking for more American troops and dozens of civilian officials to help speed up the restoration of order and public services."  Philly
07-02-2003 |
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US cuts aid over ICC immunity refusals "The United States has cut military aid to 35 countries over their refusal to exempt US troops from prosecution by the new International Criminal Court (ICC)."  ABC
07-02-2003 |
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Dot.com investors lost 'fair and square' - US Federal judges have thrown out lawsuits brought by investors who claimed they had been misled by Wall Street banks during the dot.com boom.  BBC
07-02-2003 |
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Mass protests held in Hong Kong over rights "..more than 250,000 people came out onto Hong Kong's streets on Tuesday to protest against an anti-subversion law planned for the territory."  FT
07-01-2003 |
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