Barack Obama makes travel plans for Europe and the Middle East

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Friday, July 18, 2008

Barack Obama makes travel plans for Europe and the Middle East

Obama’s first major trip overseas next week is drawing major media attention, though the itinerary is still a mystery. Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian territories, Iraq, Afghanistan, Germany, France and the United Kingdom, have been mentioned as possible stops, and three TV networks — CBS, ABC and NBC — have requested that their nightly news anchors tag along.

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The latest restaurant trend: Eat now, pay whatever

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Army documents reveal shoddy electrical work as Iraq's primary noncombat hazard

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