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Blair Will Leave Office in June

Tony Blair said Thursday that he would step down as British prime minister on June 27, closing a decade of power in which he fostered peace in Northern Ireland, presided over an unprecedented period of prosperity and followed the United States to war in Iraq.

Pope Uses First Brazil Trip To Urge Against Abortion

Pope Benedict XVI stressed church opposition to abortion minutes after arriving in Brazil, expressing confidence that Latin America's Roman Catholic leaders would take a strong stand against it at an important conference during his first papal trip to the region.

Majority in Iraq's Parliament Back Withdrawal Timetable

A majority of Iraqi lawmakers have signed onto draft legislation calling for a timetable for the withdrawal of foreign troops from Iraq and demanding a freeze on the number of such troops already in the country, lawmakers said Thursday.

King Herod's Tomb Found in Israel

For more than three decades, Israeli archeologist Ehud Netzer scraped at the ancient, man-made hillock. He searched the top.

Olmert Says Military Let Itself Down

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told an investigative panel that the Israeli military ""seriously let itself down"" in last summer's war in Lebanon, according to censored minutes of his testimony released Thursday.

Bank Decries Palestinian Immobility

The Palestinian economy cannot recover unless Israel dismantles a network of obstacles that has carved the West Bank into a dozen enclaves and restricted Palestinian access to more than half the territory, the World Bank said in an exceptionally harsh report.

Palestinian Government Asks Hamas to End 'Mickey' Show

The Palestinian government urged Hamas on Wednesday to shelve a children's show on a Hamas television station in which a Mickey Mouse look-alike calls for Israel to be vanquished and Islam to ""lead the world.""

Russia Rejects NHL Deal

Russia has refused to sign a new player transfer agreement with the NHL, opening the door to years of legal disputes and chaos.

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