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The US has won the unanimous backing of the UN Security Council for its plans for reconstruction in Iraq. Paul Bremer, the US administrator in Iraq has made it clear that he wants women to be active participants in the new government. Muslim countries traditionally offer few leading roles for women. Does the selection of the first Muslim woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize change the equation? Can democracy be realized in Muslim nations if women there do not have equal rights? We get views from Benazir Bhutto, former Prime Minister of Pakistan, an associate professor of political science, specialized on the issues of Islam and democracy, the founder and president of Women-s Learning Partnership, the director of an Islamic Center and a former U.S diplomat.
  • Making News: More Deaths in Iraq Affect Soldier Morale
    Four more US soldiers have been killed in Iraq bringing to more than 100 the number of US personnel who have died in attacks since President Bush announced the end to major hostilities.
  • Reporter's Notebook: David Blaine Nears the End of his Stunt
    Illusionist David Blaine is nearing the end of his 44 day long fast in a plastic box high atop the river Thames in London. The 30 year old showman-s latest death defying stunt has attracted both fascination and ridicule from Britons. Blaine has previously been buried alive and encased in a block of ice, but calls this both the hardest and -most beautiful- thing he-s done. It has is also potentially life threatening with experts warning that Blaine risks a heart attack if he does not eat the right things when he comes out on Sunday.

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