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Gen. David Petraeus, who has led US troops in Iraq for the past year, was named Wednesday to succeed Navy Adm. William Fallon as the commander of US Central Command. Fallon stepped down in March after reported differences over Iran policy with President Bush.

Delta Air Lines Inc. and Northwest Airlines reported Wednesday combined first-quarter losses of $10.5 billion, largely because of soaring fuel prices. Delta, which emerged from bankruptcy a year ago, announced plans last week to acquire Northwest.

President Bush met with Jordan's King Abdullah II at the White House Wednesday before a meeting Thursday with Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas. The Middle East diplomacy is a prelude to Bush's trip next month to the region to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Israel's founding.

Ben-ami Kadish, a former US Army mechanical engineer, was arrested Tuesday on charges that he slipped as many as 100 classified documents about nuclear weapons to Israeli contacts between 1979 and 1985. Kadish allegedly accepted no money in return.


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