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NY Times Bestseller contradicts Dick Cheney’s claims

Is there a plan to create a network of superhighways to facilitate a merger of the United States, Mexico and Canada?

Republican Presidential Hopefuls Hold Debate in Iowa

All but one Republican Party presidential candidates are advocating continued U.S. military operations in Iraq, but most have expressed reservations about unilateral U.S. military action against major terrorist targets in Pakistan. Michael Bowman reports, the nine declared presidential contenders took part in a televised debate in Iowa, the first state to hold a contest in next year's primary election season.

Iran's Ahmadinejad: Not Worried About US Arms Deals

This week, US announced $20 billion deal with Saudi Arabia, other Arab states in Persian Gulf region.

Italy Calls Agreement With Getty Museum to Return Ancient Artifacts 'Historic'

Italy's culture minister is calling an accord reached with the J. Paul Getty Museum for the return of 40 ancient artifacts "historic" and a victory for artistic ethics. Sabina Castelfranco reports from Rome that Francesco Rutelli also says it is a blow to looters and art traffickers worldwide.

US Highway Bridge Collapses in Minnesota

A bridge spanning the Mississippi River in the Midwestern city of Minneapolis collapsed Wednesday, during the evening rush hour, dumping scores of vehicles into the river. At least four people died and local hospitals have treated dozens of people for injuries.

Russian Submarines Surface From North Pole Seabed

Researchers aboard two small Russian submarines have planted the country's flag nearly 4,300 meters below the North Pole. The mission was aimed at laying claim to vast mineral riches below the polar ice cap.

Rice Defends US Mideast Arms Sales Plans

US secretary of state says multi-billion-dollar plans will not upset regional arms balance or halt American democracy agenda among Arab states.

Bush Plan To Sell Arms to Gulf States Faces Congressional Opposition

A group of U.S. lawmakers has introduced legislation aimed at blocking President Bush's plan to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia and other Gulf States, arguing that the proposal would be destabilizing to the region.

US Increases Military Aid to Israel 25 Percent, Plans to Sell Arms to Gulf States

Under Secretary of State Nicholas Burns says sales of mainly defense systems reflect importance US attaches to role of those countries in broader Middle East.

Rice Announces Proposed Arms Deals with Egypt, Israel

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice made announcement in Washington before leaving Monday with Defense Secretary on trip to Middle East to seek support for stabilizing Iraq.

Israel Says No Objections to US Gulf Arms Deal

Israel's Prime Minister on Sunday said he has no objections to a proposed massive U.S. arms sale to Saudi Arabia and other Gulf States.

US to Announce New Middle East Arms Deal

U.S. officials say the Bush administration is expected to ask Congress to approve a major arms sale package for Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf nations, partly to counter Iran's rising influence in the region.

NASA Finds Evidence of Sabotaged Computer Bound for Space Station

Two weeks before the US space shuttle Endeavour is scheduled to lift-off, the US space agency NASA says a piece of equipment that was to fly on the mission was deliberately sabotaged. And as if that weren't enough, there were reports Thursday that astronauts flew while drunk.

Less Well-Known Contenders Struggle in US Presidential Race

A total of 17 contenders, nine Republicans and eight Democrats, are running for president in 2008. The bulk of media attention has focused on the better-known candidates with names like Clinton, Obama, Giuliani and McCain. Jim Malone reports on some of the other contenders clamoring for attention in a crowded field of White House hopefuls.

Republicans Search for Frontrunner in 2008 US Presidential Race

While Hillary Clinton remains the favorite for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination next year, Republicans are still searching for a frontrunner at this early stage in the 2008 election process.