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November 15, 2006
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U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) was named to a leadership position in the Senate Democratic caucus. Schumer, who is Jewish, was awarded the newly created post of vice-chairman of the Democratic conference after he defied expectations as leader of the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee and Democrats won six seats in elections last week — enough to gain control of the Senate.

Al-Jazeera is set to launch an English-language news channel. The Qatar-based satellite channel, watched in its original Arabic format by some 50 million viewers, will launch Wednesday. Al-Jazeera, which has come under fire for its anti-American reporting from Iraq and for broadcasting videos of Osama Bin Laden, intends to compete with other global channels like CNN and the BBC.

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