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Democrats Search for Exit Strategy From Iraq Showdown With Bush (Bloomberg via Yahoo! News)
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Thu, 19 Apr 2007 04:05:25 GMT

April 19 (Bloomberg) -- Congressional Democrats, while pushing proposals to get U.S. troops out of Iraq, are also seeking a political exit strategy from their impasse with President George W. Bush that doesn't split the party into two camps.

British diplomat sparks row in Australia over Iraq war (AFP via Yahoo! News)
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Thu, 19 Apr 2007 03:28:46 GMT

A row erupted in Australia Thursday after Britain's high commissioner said her government did not view the US-led invasion of Iraq as part of the "war on terrorism".

Iraq pledges $25M to help refugees (AP via Yahoo! News)
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Thu, 19 Apr 2007 03:10:31 GMT

The head of the U.N. refugee agency said Wednesday a decision by Iraq to assist its citizens who have fled the country was "a major step forward to allow for people to keep their hope alive."

Gates Urges Iraq to Hasten Push to Defuse Sectarianism (New York Times)
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Thu, 19 Apr 2007 02:18:53 GMT

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates called for Iraq?s government to make ?faster progress? on Sunni-Shiite reconciliation.

Bush, Democrats give no ground on Iraq (AP via Yahoo! News)
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Thu, 19 Apr 2007 03:08:53 GMT

President Bush sparred across the table with Democratic congressional leaders opposed to the Iraq war on Wednesday in a prelude to a veto showdown over a conflict that has claimed the lives of more than 3,200 U.S. troops.

No Solution in Sight as Bush and Lawmakers Discuss Iraq Spending Measure (New York Times)
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Thu, 19 Apr 2007 02:03:08 GMT

President Bush and Congressional leaders failed to resolve their differences over a timeline for removing most U.S. combat troops from Iraq next year.

Iraq's oil reserves could be almost double current estimates (AFP via Yahoo! News)
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Thu, 19 Apr 2007 00:48:47 GMT

Iraq's oil reserves could be almost twice as vast as current estimates, and its production could also double in five years, a report from consultancy IHS has showed, the Financial Times reported on Thursday.

Gunman's sister deals with Iraq aid (AP via Yahoo! News)
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Thu, 19 Apr 2007 01:35:53 GMT

The sister of the gunman responsible for the deadliest shooting rampage in U.S. history works as a contractor for a State Department office that oversees billions of dollars in American aid for Iraq.

Democrats Would Make Iraq Timetable in Bill 'Advisory' (Washington Post)
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Thu, 19 Apr 2007 01:08:12 GMT

Congressional Democratic leaders are moving to make their proposed timetable for withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq "advisory" as they seek to reconcile two versions of war spending legislation into a single bill that they plan to pass next week, according to several House members.

U.S. military deaths in Iraq at 3,311 (AP via Yahoo! News)
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Wed, 18 Apr 2007 23:57:14 GMT

As of Wednesday, April 18, 2007, at least 3,311 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count. The figure includes seven military civilians. At least 2,691 died as a result of hostile action, according to the military's numbers.