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Mandarin Challenging English As Tongue of Diplomacy

China wants to raise the number of foreigners studying Mandarin to 100 million by 2010. | story
So-called Confucius Institutes are popping up all over the world to teach the language. | story

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Fresh Torture Claims Arise at Guantanamo

Amnesty International renews its request for the prison to be shut. | story
Also, the U.S. general at the center of the detainee abuse scandal refuses to answer questions in a court-martial. | story

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U.S. To Rely On Private Sector To Defeat Climate Change

Officials tell a global summit that fuel-efficient technologies will reduce greenhouse emissions. | story Meanwhile, German scientists say that plants may be producing greenhouse gases. | story

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Bowing to Pressure, Army Adds to Soldiers’ Armor

The move comes in the wake of a New York Times report that shamed the military over the issue. | story

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On Second Thought…

Bush now says he welcomes a hearing on domestic spying—while again warning Americans to watch what they say. | story

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Alito Leaves Door Open to Reversing ‘Roe’

The nominee signals he might revisit the abortion ruling. | story
In an editorial, the New York Times says that Alito has “given the American people reasons to be worried.” | editorial
Also, in a heated exchange, Ted Kennedy spars with Arlen Specter over Alito’s membership in a discriminatory Princeton club. | video

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UK Officer Assails U.S. Iraq Tactics

The brigadier general calls the U.S. military “weighed down by bureaucracy, a stiflingly hierarchical outlook” and a “predisposition to offensive operations.” | story

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Bush Slams Critics of Iraq Policy

In strong language, the president claims that some Democratic criticism may give “comfort to our adversaries.” | story

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National Review Calls Abramoff Scandal Purely Republican

In an editorial, the right-wing magazine calls any effort to tar Democrats a “misdirection.” | story

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Sunni Iraqis Protest Mosque Raid

The action, in search of kidnapped American journalist Jill Carroll, comes on the heels of a raid of a Sunni scholar group. | story

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