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Nominee's Stand Avoiding Tangle of Torture Cases

Fear of opening the door to criminal or civil liability for torture or abuse appeared to loom large in Michael B. Mukasey's answers to committee members.

Ex-F.B.I. Agent's Murder Trial Fizzles, as Does Chief Witness

Prosecutors said they would drop the murder case against a retired F.B.I. supervisor after tapes discredited the main witness, a gangster's mistress.

Blackwater Mounts a Defense With Top Talent From Capital

Blackwater Worldwide, its reputation in tatters and its lucrative government contracts in jeopardy, is mounting an aggressive legal, political and public relations counterstrike.

Photographs Slide Show: Halloween

Halloween celebrations from around the world

Unanswered Question of Mubarak's Successor
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Memo From Egypt
Unanswered Question of Mubarak's Successor

President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt, above on posters, has been in power for 30 years. The ruling party is silent on the issue of succession, which it considers to be delicate.

Rule for Marathoners Who Run to Their Own Tune

USA Track & Field has banned the use of headphones and portable audio players at its official races to ensure safety and prevent runners from having a competitive edge.

Immigration: From Talking Point to Sore Point

A plan to grant driver's licenses to illegal immigrants was fodder for Hillary Rodham Clinton's rivals Tuesday night.

In Rape Case, a French Youth Takes On Dubai

When it comes to the protection of foreigners, Dubai's criminal legal system remains perilous.


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Locked vs. Unlocked: Opening Up Choice

Locked vs. Unlocked: Opening Up Choice Increasingly, cellphone buyers are able to select the carrier they want.

Once Upon a Time, There Was a Slingbox

Once Upon a Time, There Was a Slingbox The Slingbox has a new version that is cheaper, takes up less space and is more flexible than the original.

In a Former Mining Colony, a Haven for Artists

Set on the high plains northwest of Mexico City, Mineral de Pozos is an unlikely place for a handful of foreign artists to settle.

Honda's Accord, All Grown Up

The all-new 2008 Accord should be cause for celebration.

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