Ceremony marks Syrian pullout from Lebanon - International News - MSNBC.com

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Good news from Syria today:


Ceremony marks Syrian pullout from Lebanon

RAYAK, Lebanon - Surrendering to international pressure and Lebanese street protests, Syria ended its 29-year military presence in its smaller neighbor on Tuesday with a farewell ceremony near their shared border, where a Syrian commander told Lebanese troops: “Brothers in arms, so long.” The soldiers responded, “So long.”

A commander of Lebanese soldiers then addressed his words to the Syrians, saying: “Brothers in arms, thank you for your sacrifices.” His soldiers repeated, “Thank you for your sacrifices.”

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I went to watch my brother Steve play tennis today at a tournament in Eden Prairie. He played really well - he won his first match, and lost the second - but he played well in both. I'm getting in to better shape, so i'll have to play him again soon. I know that he'll probably cream me though as I haven't played much in the recent past. Nice form stevie..

New Pope Elected on Second Day of Conclave

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Apr 19, 12:26 PM (ET)


(AP) White smoke billows from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican, Tuesday, April 19, 2005....

VATICAN CITY (AP) - White smoke poured from a chimney at the Vatican and bells tolled on Tuesday evening, announcing to the world that a new pope was elected in the first papal conclave of the new millennium.

Crowds in St. Peter's Square chanted: 'Viva il Papa!' or 'Long live the pope!'

'It's only been 24 hours, surprising how fast he was elected,' Vatican Radio said, commenting on how the new pope was elected on the second day of the conclave, after just four or five ballots.

More pilgrims streamed into St. Peter's Square, waiting to find out who was selected. Prelates gathered on the roof of the Apostolic Palace.

The bells rang 6:04 p.m. (12:04 p.m. EDT) ending confusion over the smoke signal that had risen from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel. White smoke is used to announce the election of a new pope, along with the ringing of bells, which was added for this conclave.

Niels Hendrich, a 40-year-old salesman from Hamburg, Germany, jumped up and down with joy and called his father on a cell phone. 'Habemus papam!' he shouted into the phone, using the Latin for: 'We have a pope.'

Iraqis Find Graves Thought to Hold Hussein's Victims

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The New York Times >Iraqis Find Graves Thought to Hold Hussein's Victims:

BAGHDAD, Iraq, April 14 - Investigators have discovered several mass graves in southern Iraq that are believed to contain the bodies of people killed by Saddam Hussein's government, including one estimated to hold 5,000 bodies, Iraqi officials say.

The graves, discovered over the past three months, have not yet been dug up because of the risks posed by the continuing insurgency and the lack of qualified forensic workers, said Bakhtiar Amin, Iraq's interim human rights minister. But initial excavations have substantiated the accounts of witnesses to a number of massacres. If the estimated body counts prove correct, the new graves would be among the largest in the grim tally of mass killings that have gradually come to light since the fall of Mr. Hussein's government two years ago. At least 290 grave sites containing the remains of some 300,000 people have been found since the American invasion two years ago, Iraqi officials say."

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The Minnesota River at Sunset near our house in Shakopee.

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Yesterday marked the passing of a good man - the pope. Even for us non-catholics - we could learn well by his example. Here is the pope meeting his would-be assassin and forgiving him for his actions. May he rest in peace. I'm sure God has a special place for him in heaven