Good Vibrations

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HAPPY LANDINGS: Condoleezza Rice arrives in Berlin — part of her fence-mending visit to Europe

When Condoleezza Rice boarded the plane for Europe last week, it marked the first time in almost two years that an American diplomat had come to the Continent accompanied by good news out of Iraq. As the newly minted Secretary of State began a weeklong tour of eight European countries plus Israel and the West Bank, she was relieved that the Iraqi election had seen an unexpectedly high turnout and relatively low violence. Rice also brought with her a reassuring message: "President Bush has emphasized his desire to reinvigorate our relations across Europe," she said at the British Foreign Office in...

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