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Editor’s Notes

Bush on Wednesday contradicts
Sunday's briefing on Iranian weapons

New York -— At his press conference Wednesday 14 February 2007 in ice-covered Washington, D.C., President Bush was pressed by reporters on U.S. officials' claims at a Baghdad briefing on Sunday. These unnamed officials charged that not only were weapons from Iran killing American soldiers in Iraq, they were being used on orders from top Iranian leaders. — 798 words.

Moscow irks Washington by insisting
Syria be included in peace talks

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday renewed his call for a regional conference to put the Israeli-Palestinian peace process back on track. Putin's proposal would engage Syria in the talks, a prospect likely to unsettle Washington. — 467 words.

Engaging China will ease
trans-Atlantic tensions

Viewed from the other side of the world , , ,  and in light of recent developments, the differences within the West no longer seem so great. On a wide range of global issues, Americans and Europeans are coming together. As they do so, engaging a rising China will be one of their greatest challenges. — 763 words.

Profits are up but not wages says Hilary
Déjà vu for the U.S. economic cycle
Workers are last to feel the benefit

It is five years into an economic expansion and most Americans are still waiting for their share. Inflation is swallowing pay raises. Businesses are hiring, but forecasters worry the economy may be about to stall. "If this is a recovery," the leader of the political opposition complains, "I can hardly wait for the recession." This may sound like the stuff of headlines today. But it comes from 1996, when Bill Clinton was president and his rival was Bob Dole, the Republican nominee. The economic expansion in question, which got off to a sputtering start in March 1991, was to become the longest period of uninterrupted growth in U.S. history. — 1,483 words

One man's unipolar world
with “his friend George”

On the eve of his visit to Saudi Arabia, President Vladimir Putin told Arab news channel Al-Jazeera that Russia "no longer had any disagreements with Arab countries"; during last Saturday's security conference in Munich, Putin criticized what he referred to as today's "unipolar world," which "bears nothing in common with democracy." — 620 words.

EU endorses damning report
on CIA secret flights, torture

The European parliament has approved a damning report on secret CIA flights, condemning member states which colluded in the operations. The UK, Germany, and Italy were among 13 states that allowed the US to forcibly remove terror suspects, lawmakers said. — 532 words.

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True North Canuck Fact of the Day

When you think maple think Canada, then China

Though the maple leaf is Canada’s best-known symbol, the country is only home to 10 of the 125 species of the tree.  China, on the other hand, is home to more than two-thirds of the maple tree species in the world.

Trivia compiled by Randy Ray and Mark Kearney. Visit their Web site at: www.triviaguys.com
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