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Highlights from the world's press

By Carlyle Laurie for CNN
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Space talk

(CNN) -- The Washington Post reports "President Bush has signed a new National Space Policy that rejects future arms-control agreements that might limit U.S. flexibility in space and asserts a right to deny access to space to anyone 'hostile to U.S. interests.'

"Freedom of action in space is as important to the United States as air power and sea power," the policy asserts in its introduction.

A senior administration official who spoke off the record said: "This policy is not about developing or deploying weapons in space. Period."

The New York Times on the other hand focused on the removal of two of Iraq's top police commanders from their posts on Tuesday.

The writer says: "Their removal comes at a crucial time for Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki, who has come under intense American pressure to purge Iraq's security forces of the militias and death squads that operate within their ranks."

Iraqi stalemate

The UK's Independent leads with the headline: "Are these the only two people in the world who don't think the war in Iraq is a disaster?" The article refers to U.S. President George Bush and UK Prime Minister Tony Blair.

The paper says: "George Bush and Tony Blair were looking more isolated than ever last night as the ground shifted further under their strategy of remaining in Iraq "until the job is done."

"The president and the prime minister were left clinging to the dream of establishing a lasting democracy in Iraq as their advisers urged them to look for a new, more realistic, exit strategy."

Cancer scare

The Daily Telegraph says according to a new report: "Breast cancer screening may be doing more harm than good.

"The research found that for every 2,000 women invited to have mammograms, one would have their life prolonged but 10 would endure potentially devastating and unnecessary treatment."

Prof. Baum, from University College, London, told The Daily Telegraph: "Up until now, my position has been that women should make an informed choice based on the facts of benefits to one women in 1,000 over 10 years on the one hand and the risks of over-diagnosis and false positives on the other. This latest evidence shifts the balance even further towards harm and away from benefits."

'Pop Queen'

The Sun says, "Pop queen Madonna said last night she adopted Malawian tot Davie Banda so he could 'escape an extreme life of hardship and poverty.'"

She issued a statement saying: "She and husband Guy Ritchie began the adoption process "many months" ago.

It added: "I did not wish to disclose my intentions to the world prior to the adoption happening as this is a private family matter.

"After learning there were over one million orphans in Malawi, it was my wish to open up our home and help one child escape an extreme life of hardship, poverty and, in many cases, death, as well as expand our family."


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Madonna, pictured in London on Monday, faces criticism over her bid to adopt a Malawian baby.

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