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U.S. suffers deadly month:
BAGHDAD A roadside bomb killed a U.S. soldier Wednesday in Baghdad, making May the deadliest month for the American military since September. At least 20 U.S. service members have died this month, compared with 25 in September, according to an Associated Press tally. April had at least 19 U.S. troop deaths.
U.N. predicts economy decline:
UNITED NATIONS The United Nations predicted Wednesday the global economy will shrink 2.6 percent this year as a result of the world financial crisis a considerably deeper downturn than the 0.5 percent contraction forecast in January. The U.N. said developing countries have been disproportionately hard hit by the crisis.
Castro hits Cheneys defense:
HAVANA Fidel Castro criticized former Vice President Dick Cheney for defending U.S. interrogation methods against terror suspects, saying in comments published Wednesday torture should never be used to extract information. Castro accused the U.S. of terrorism against Cuba after the 1959 revolution, citing U.S. plans to overthrow him.
Russian capsule blasts off:
BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan A Russian space capsule lifted off Wednesday over Central Asia on a landmark mission to expand the permanent human presence in space. The Soyuz craft carrying a Canadian, Russian and Belgian began a two-day journey to the international space station.
GOP doesnt foresee filibuster:
WASHINGTON The top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee said Wednesday he doesnt foresee a filibuster against Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, even though he thinks her legal philosophy should be closely examined. "The nominee has serious problems," Sen. Jeff Sessions said in an interview.
GMs bondholder offer fails:
DETROIT A General Motors bankruptcy filing seemed inevitable after a rebellion by its bondholders forced it to withdraw Wednesday a plan to swap bond debt for company stock. GM has until Monday to complete a restructuring that includes debt reduction, labor cost cuts and plant closures. A Chapter 11 reorganization is likely.
Man pleads in Levy killing:
WASHINGTON A man serving a prison sentence for attacking women in a Washington park pleaded not guilty Wednesday to killing federal intern Chandra Levy. …