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The KPFA Evening News, Weekdays – May 6, 2005

British prime minister Tony Blair leads his Labor Party to an unprecedented third straight electoral victory but the anti-war vote cuts his majority in parliament from 161 seats to just 66… could mean an early end to Blair’s political career

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah Party beats back a strong challenge from the Islamic militant group Hamas in local elections…..a new formation, the Palestinian National Initiative, is trying to provide an alternative to both

At least another 25 people killed in Iraq….more than 270 have perished since the new Iraq government was announced 8 days ago….here in the U.S. a new movement called counting the cost will try to raise awareness about the human cost of the war

Another lawsuit over the treatment of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba…..Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and other top Pentagon officials are sued for ten million dollars for the alleged torture of four Britons there

California prison paroles file a lawsuit against the Schwarzenegger administration, claiming it’s violating a court order requiring the consideration of alternatives to incarceration for parole violators

And the U.S. economy adds 274-thousand jobs last month — one hundred thousand more than expected…but the unemployment rate remains stuck at 5.2 percent

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