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1:34pm

Fri May 27, 2011
The Two-Way

Diplomatic Reading: The G8 Leaders' Warnings To Gadhafi And Others

President Obama (center, back to camera) and leaders earlier today at the G8 summit in Deauville, France.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

As they pledged $40 billion to help countries that make reforms during this "Arab Spring" in North Africa and the Middle East, President Obama and the other leaders of the world's most powerful nations also issued a warning to "autocratic regimes in the Arab world" and to Iran.

As The Associated Press puts it:

"They will be shut out of rich-country aid and investment," AP writes, "while new democracies are encouraged to open their economies."

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1:33pm

Fri May 27, 2011
Politics

Obama Wields His ... Autopen?

As the news broke on Friday that President Obama signed the Patriot Act extension from France via autopen, you could almost hear thousands of Americans asking in unison, "What's an autopen?"

Well, it's a device that's often used by rock stars or sports heroes and yes, the President of the United States, usually to sign letters. This is the first time we know of that an autopen has signed a bill into law, though its use was carefully considered by the Justice Department in the George W. Bush administration.

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1:13pm

Fri May 27, 2011
The Two-Way

Gunmen Kill Iraqi Chief Of Anti-Hussein Committee

Originally published on Fri May 27, 2011 11:13 am

The head of Iraq's effort to purge Saddam Hussein loyalists from the government was assassinated Thursday night. Ali al-Lami had led the Justice and Accountability Commission since 2004.

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1:11pm

Fri May 27, 2011
Middle East

Syrian Forces Fire On Protesters, Killing At Least 8

Men throw stones at riot police during clashes in the coastal town of Banias, Syria, on Friday.
STR AFP/Getty Images

Syrian security forces opened fire on anti-government demonstrations Friday, killing at least eight people as thousands took to the streets despite the near-certainty they would face gunfire, tear gas and stun guns, human rights activists and witnesses said.

The casualties included three people in Qatana, a suburb of the capital, and four in the southern village of Dael, according to the Local Coordination Committees in Syria, which help organize the protests. One person also was reported killed near the border with Lebanon.

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12:57pm

Fri May 27, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Strong Warnings On Cigarettes Prompt Smokers To Consider Quitting

A Brazilian cigarette pack shows a pregnant smoker with the caption "The Ministry of Health warns: smoking during pregnancy is detrimental to child's health," while a woman lights a cigarette in the background.
Evaristo Sa AFP/Getty Images

Do smokers around the world really notice health warnings on cigarette packs?

Yes, especially if the warnings are graphic and rotated regularly to keep the messages fresh.

A survey of smokers conducted in 14 countries — ranging from Bangladesh to Uruguay — between 2008 and 2010 found that the warnings registered with most smokers. And among those smokers who noticed them, more than 25 percent said the messages led them to think about quitting.

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