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Iraq Reimposes Freeze on Medical Diplomas In Bid to Keep Doctors From Fleeing Abroad (Washington Post)
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Sat, 05 May 2007 02:55:46 GMT

BAGHDAD -- Iraq is hemorrhaging doctors as violence racks the nation. To stem the flow, the Iraqi government has recently taken a cue from Saddam Hussein: Medical schools are once again forbidden to issue diplomas and transcripts to new graduates.

At Meeting on Iraq, Doubt and Detente (Washington Post)
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Sat, 05 May 2007 01:15:53 GMT

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt, May 4 -- Mutually suspicious and doubtful, Iraq's neighbors and benefactors nonetheless agreed here Friday on a shared vision for the beleaguered country's future and pledged to work together to help achieve it.

Democrats? Proposals Make Deal on an Iraq Bill Harder (New York Times)
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Sat, 05 May 2007 01:37:46 GMT

Attempts by Democratic presidential hopefuls to shape the war debate threaten to complicate efforts to reach a deal on an Iraq spending bill.

Democrats hold ground on Iraq talks (AP via Yahoo! News)
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Sat, 05 May 2007 00:53:49 GMT

Congressional Democrats have signaled they're not ready to back down in their confrontation with President Bush on Iraq, spurring Republicans to accuse them of causing political gridlock.

Veteran Killed In Crash Was Going Back To Iraq (WISC Channel3000.com via Yahoo! News)
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Sat, 05 May 2007 00:53:12 GMT

An area family is mourning the loss of Justin Exner, an Iraq war veteran from Adams who was killed in Wednesday's Beltline crash.

Lafayette Soldier Killed In Iraq (WRTV TheIndyChannel.com via Yahoo! News)
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Sat, 05 May 2007 00:42:58 GMT

A U.S. Army soldier from Indiana was killed this week when an explosive device detonated near his vehicle in Iraq, the Department of Defense said Friday.

Collins? Iraq Votes Reflect Dilemma for GOP Centrists Who Are Up in ?08 (New York Times)
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Fri, 04 May 2007 22:24:15 GMT

The decision on whether to stick with President Bush on the controversial war in Iraq is tough for a number of Republican senators, but particularly for those representing politically competitive or Democratic-leaning states where dissent against the war runs high.

Firms Protest Exclusion From Iraq Security Bid (Washington Post)
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Sat, 05 May 2007 02:51:45 GMT

Two private security contractors have lodged formal protests against the Army, claiming they have been unfairly excluded from competing for one of the largest security jobs in Iraq, according to government documents and sources familiar with the matter.

Suspicions remain after Iraq conference (AP via Yahoo! News)
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Fri, 04 May 2007 21:50:04 GMT

Iraq emerged from a vital conference Friday with a promise from Arab countries to stop foreign militants from joining Iraq's insurgency. But Baghdad didn't get the debt relief it wanted, and its Sunni Arab neighbors demand Iraq's Shiite-led government enact tough political reforms.

U.S. military deaths in Iraq at 3,362 (AP via Yahoo! News)
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Fri, 04 May 2007 23:24:53 GMT

As of Friday, May 4, 2007, at least 3,362 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 2,738 died as a result of hostile action, according to the military's numbers.