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5/29/2006 9:10:00 AM -0400
Newstrack: Serbia may resume EU association talks without arresting Bosnian Serb war crime suspect Ratko Mladic, a government minister said Tuesday. Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut has said that if the Democratic Party does not support him in the upcoming primary, he will run as an independent instead. The British military in Afghanistan says their forces are short one-third of the helicopters that were pledged by NATO allies. Polish authorities Tuesday unveiled a monument to 39 Jews killed in a massacre 60 years ago, one year after the end of World War II. Staff at Washington's National Zoo is perplexed and in mourning over the death of a second adult male gorilla in the past three days. A gay pride parade planned in Jerusalem next month has drawn fire from ultra-Orthodox rabbis, Muslims and the Vatican, local media reported Tuesday. Shell and rocket fire were exchanged Tuesday between Israeli forces and Palestinian militants, but no injuries and little damage were reported. Ballot-counting in Mexico's presidential election was nearly complete Tuesday, and conservative candidate Felipe Calderon had a 1 percentage point lead. The Hamas-led Palestinian government is filing a war crimes lawsuit against Israel at the International Criminal Court at The Hague. A judge in Spain Tuesday began taking witness statements about a commuter train crash in Valencia that killed at least 41 people and injured 47 others.


Hidden sketches in da Vinci piece revealed

FLORENCE, Italy, May 29 (UPI) -- An Italian art scientist has discovered sketches by an unknown artist underneath Leonardo da Vinci's "Adoration of the Magi."

Using multispectrum imaging, Maurizio Seracini found the brown monochrome painting on top of da Vinci's under-drawings was carried out by a minor artist about 20 years after da Vinci had finished and abandoned the preparatory work, The Times of London reported.

The presence of da Vinci's own under-drawings have already been recreated from the work, showing knights at battle, an elephant and workers rebuilding a ruined temple.

Da Vinci was commissioned to do the Renaissance work by a community of monks in Scopeto, near Florence, in 1481, and historians agree the monks were probably shocked when they saw the work being developed by the 29-year-old artist.

"They almost certainly didn't want a bloody battle going on a few inches from the Madonna's head," Seracini said.

A video of Seracini's findings is available online at florence.tv.


Analysis: North Korea's missile threat

7/3/2006 9:22:00 AM -0400
When it comes to diplomacy North Korea, under its "dear leader" Kim Jong-Il, has written its own book.

Bush may seek law of war changes in UCMJ

6/29/2006 7:58:00 PM -0400
The Supreme Court Thursday said there can be no fewer legal protections for U.S. enemies than those provided by the Uniform Code of Military Justice and ...



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