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ASSOCIATED PRESS: The investigating judge in the case of the Iraqi journalist who threw shoes at President George W. Bush says the man shows signs of being beaten. Judge Dhia al-Kinani said Friday that the journalist had bruises on his face and around his eyes.The journalist, Muntadhar al-Zeidi, was wrestled to the ground after throwing the shoes during a Sunday news conference with Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Al-Zeidi is in custody bushshoeduck_2.jpgand is expected to eventually face charges of insulting a foreign leader. The judge says the journalist has not raised a formal charge relating to his injuries. He also confirmed that al-Zeidi has written a letter to al-Maliki requesting a pardon. MORE

INTERNATIONAL HERALD TRIBUNE: NABLUS, West Bank The head of a large West Bank family wants to reward the Iraqi journalist who lobbed his shoes at President George W. Bush by sending him a bride. Ahmad Salim Judeh says if journalist Muntadhar al-Zeidi is interested the family is willing to send one of their daughters to Iraq along with her dowry. The 75-year-old Judeh says doing so “would be our honor.” He also said Friday that the 500-member clan had raised $30,000 for al-Zeidi’s legal defense. Al-Zeidi has become something of a folk hero in the Middle East since throwing his shoes at Bush at a Baghdad press conference Sunday. News stations across the Arab world have repeatedly shown footage of the incident. Al-Zeidi is unmarried. MORE

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