Morning Buzz: April 30, 2007

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This morning's top stories:

  • Five U.S. service members were killed in Iraq over the weekend, making April the deadliest month for U.S. troops this year, the AP reports.
  • A NATO offensive in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province, totaling more than 3,000 troops, is trying to rout the Taliban from its stronghold in the region.
  • Two Lebanese female painters are confronting sexual taboos in a new exhibit of pop art on display in a Christian suburb north of Beirut.
  • Egypt is requesting the temporary return of some of the most sacred artifacts from its ancient culture, such as the Rosetta Stone, for two new displays of Egyptian art to open at the end of the decade.
  • A report just out from the Bureau of Justice Statistics has found that police, while equally likely to pull over people of any ethnicity, tend to search and arrest blacks and Hispanics at higher rates, according to CNN.