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A compilation of brief news reports for Tuesday, March 27, 2007.

US Senate endorses spending bill with Iraq withdrawal date

By defeating an amendment that would have stricken language for a withdrawal date of March 31, 2008, the US Senate endorsed a spending bill that provides $121.6 billion mostly for the ongoing efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan. The House version of the bill has a mandatory withdrawal date of September 30, 2008. President George W. Bush has publicly stated that he would veto any legislation that included a withdrawal date. The Senate will soon vote on the bill.

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Tony Snow's cancer spreads to liver

White House Press Secretary Tony Snow survived colon cancer two years ago, but reported today that the disease has spread to his liver. "I'm gonna beat it again," he vowed.

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Intelligence officers in Pakistan killed

Five members of Pakistan's ISI agency were killed in Bajaur, a tribal region. They died when masked men, riding on motorcycles, fired guns and lobbed hand grenades at their vehicle.

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