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Some way to go before violence ends, Bush warns Americans
"The world is hearing the voice of freedom from the centre of the Middle East," the US president told reporters at the White House, four hours after the polls closed.
Protests as Ku Klux Klan robes go under the hammer
Klan robes fetched $1,425 (£800) and a KKK knife made $400 on Saturday in Howell, 55 miles west of Detroit and one of Michigan's least diverse towns with 29 African Americans out of 9,000 people.
Trickle of expats celebrate chance to vote
From the highway the huge golden arches of the fast food giant are prominent against Michigan's clear, blue winter sky. Yet the sign saying "Iraqi Elections" in English and Arabic against the backdrop of a snow-capped Holiday Inn is more striking.
Annan questioned by UN investigators
"The secretary general is part of the investigation, is a subject like anyone else involved in oil-for-food at the secretariat," said the UN spokesman, Fred Eckhard.
Trolley fire halts New York trains
Service on one of the subway's main services, the C line, which passes through its three most populous boroughs, was halted for up to five years after a shopping trolley containing wooden blocks was set alight on Sunday.
Black Americans suspect HIV plot
The paper's authors say these views are obstructing efforts to prevent the spread of HIV among African-Americans, the racial group most likely to contract the virus.
A fantasy of freedom
Last week the new United States secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice, listed Cuba, among others, as "an outpost of tyranny". A few days later President Bush started his second term with a pledge to unleash "the force of freedom" on the entire world. "The best hope for peace in our world is the expansion of freedom in all the world," he said
We can choose our identity, but sometimes it also chooses us
At any one time we have access to many identities, including race, sexuality, gender, nationality, class and religion. Far from being neutral, these identities are rooted in material conditions that confer power and privilege in relation to one another.
Murderer opts for execution
Michael Ross, 45, was convicted of kidnapping and strangling four teenage girls and raping three of them. He has also admitted killing four other women in the early 80s.
New black sheriff sacks opponents
The county's antebellum architecture has given way to suburban strip malls, and political dominance has passed from the white slaveowners to the African-American middle class.
Bring back the lash
This did not necessarily make the backlash more palatable or justifiable. The backlash is something rightwing people do. Like "kempt hair" and "couth behaviour", references to a "leftwing backlash" are rare indeed.
Bush paid TV pundit to push education plan
In an effort to promote its controversial education reform programme, No Child Left Behind, the education department paid Armstrong Williams "to regularly comment on NCLB during the course of his broadcasts" on a nationally syndicated television show.
Jury told of missile's effect
A weapons expert explained the precise effect the Russian-made rocket, allegedly smuggled into the US by Hemant Lakhani, from Hendon, would have had.
Judge claims age bias at 83
In his lawsuit Mr Opala insists he "enjoys good health and sound mental acuity" and was unfairly denied the "ceremonial duties" and higher salary that come with the top post. The salary hike amounts to $3,000 (£1,600), or less than 3% of his income.
Briton accused of trying to sell missiles
On the opening day of a trial in Newark, New Jersey, prosecutors alleged that Hemant Lakhani, 69, told an undercover FBI agent that the rockets could be used to shoot down 10 to 15 aircraft on the second anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks.
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