Initial reactions by Senators on both sides of the aisle prompted speculation Tuesday that Monday's nomination of Under-Secretary of State John Bolton to be the new US ambassador to the UN could be problematic, or at least controversial. Senior Democrats such as Senator Joseph Biden and former Democratic presidential challenger Senator John Kerry expressed "surprise" [...]

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Senior Shiite political leaders said Tuesday that the trial of former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein for crimes against humanity should get under way before any vote is taken on a new permanent constitution for Iraq. Muwafaq al-Rubaie, a national security advisor to the outgoing government of Interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi and a member of [...]

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In a split 84-34 vote that is being claimed as a symbolic victory for the Bush administration, the UN General Assembly Tuesday urged governments to enact a total ban on human cloning , including the cloning of embryos for stem cell research. The US had worked with anti-abortion groups to support the proposal, which also [...]

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Explanation of the draft Anti-Secession Law, Wang Zhaoguo, vice chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), Tuesday, March 8, 2005. Excerpt: Using non-peaceful means to stop secession in defense of our sovereignty and territorial integrity would be our last resort when all our efforts for a peaceful reunification should prove futile. [...]

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