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27 November Saturday
omaha.com
Al-Zarqawi aide, arms captured
BAGHDAD, Iraq - A lieutenant of Iraq's most feared insurgent leader, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, was captured this week, the country's national security minister said Thursday, and U.S. forces unearthed the largest cache of weapons yet - ranging from grenades to parts of missile batteries - in the former insurgent stronghold of Fallujah
26 November Saturday
omaha.com
Germans, wary of warfare, debate role of their military
BERLIN - Jannes Zimmermann, 19, wrote a letter to his draft board saying that the idea of being trained to kill another human being was morally repugnant
Germany - unlike the United States, Britain and France - still has a draft. Military service is mandatory for males. But for every four men who are conscripted, five more are classified as conscientious objectors. An even larger number avoid any kind of service with medical exclusions, many of which are questionable.
26 NOvember Friday
omaha.com
Green Zone is hit in mortar attack
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - A mortar attack killed four employees of a British security firm and wounded 15 others in the Green Zone, a fortified area that houses the U.S. and Iraqi leadership, the company and British officials said Friday.
26 November Friday
omaha.com
Iraq extends olive branch to some former Baathists
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Iraqi authorities will try to contact some former Baath Party members who fled after Saddam Hussein's fall, but will not meet with those believed to be playing key roles in the insurgency, a senior Iraqi official said Thursday
26 November Friday
omaha.com
Jailed leader won't run for Arafat post
RAMALLAH, West Bank - Jailed Palestinian uprising leader Marwan Barghouti abandoned plans Friday to run in upcoming presidential elections, throwing his support behind Mahmoud Abbas, the candidate of the ruling Fatah party, Palestinian officials said.
26 November Friday
omaha.com
Meeting on political crisis ends with claim of progress, but no solution reached
KIEV, Ukraine - Ukraine's two rivals for power failed in nearly three hours of talks Friday to resolve the political stalemate over who will lead the bitterly divided nation, and opposition candidate Viktor Yushchenko told a huge rally that he was insisting on a new election
26 November Friday
omaha.com
Not a Cold War, but perhaps a coolish one
MOSCOW - Not since the Cold War, perhaps, have the political differences between Russia and the West been so stark as they are in Ukraine's disputed presidential election
26 November Friday
omaha.com
Ukrainian opposition blocks government buildings
Hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian opposition supporters took to the streets of Kiev on Friday, blocking and occupying government buildings as EU leaders arrived to mediate the standoff between the opposition and Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych over last week's presidential election.
26 November Friday
omaha.com
Uranium dispute reportedly settled
VIENNA, Austria (AP) -Iran and European negotiators have apparently salvaged a deal committing Tehran to freezing all parts of a program that can make nuclear-weapons grade uranium, diplomats said Friday
26 November Friday
omaha.com
WHO: Bird Flu Could Cause Next Pandemic
BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) - After almost a year of trying to bring Asia's bird flu under control, World Health Organization experts are now warning the disease is the most likely candidate to cause the world's next pandemic, with the possibility of as many as 7 million deaths.
28 November Sunday
theomahachannel.com
Opposition Threatens To Block Ukraine President's Movements
KIEV, Ukraine -- There is more fallout from Ukraine's disputed presidential election.

The opposition is warning the outgoing president that it will block his movements unless he fires his prime minister within 24 hours. The prime minister, Viktor Yanukovych, was the winner in last week's presidential vote that has bitterly divided the former Soviet republic
28 November Sunday
theomahachannel.com
AP: Iran Agrees To Freeze Uranium Enrichment
VIENNA, Austria -- Iran has apparently backed down on its demand to exempt some of its equipment from a halt on uranium enrichment programs
28 November Sunday
theomahachannel.com
Iraq Interim Gov't: Elections Must Go Ahead On Time
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Iraq's deputy prime minister says elections in January must go ahead as scheduled, although sticking to that timetable will be difficult.
27 November Saturday
omaha.com
Bush May Have Been Target Of Colombian Assassins
BOGOTA, Colombia -- Colombia's defense minister says President George W. Bush could have been a target for assassination last week
27 November Saturday
theomahachannel.com
Iraq Wants Iran To Tighten Borders
TEHRAN, Iran -- A top Iraqi official has been briefing Iranian officials on his country's ongoing problems with militants and demanding help from Tehran in curbing the infiltration of terrorists over the border into Iraq.
27 November Saturday
theomahachannel.com
Pakistan Backs Off Bin Laden Hunt
PESHAWAR, Pakistan -- The Pakistan army says it is withdrawing troops from the area where Osama bin Laden and a top aide are believed to be hiding
27 November Saturday
theomahachannel.com
Shiite Religious Leaders Reject Call To Delay Elections
BAGHDAD -- Shiite Muslim religious leaders in Iraq are rejecting any delay in holding elections.One prominent Shiite figure said the timing of the vote is "non-negotiable."

Their comments follow calls by Sunni Muslim politicians
29 Nov
omaha.com
Al-Sadr's militia thrives as Shiite political machine
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Followers of radical Islamic cleric Muqtada al-Sadr are trying to re-energize support for him in the movement's stronghold in Baghdad's Sadr City by reaching out to its 2 million mainly Shiite residents with relief work, protection and spiritual counseling
29 Nov
omaha.com
Bin Laden deputy vows to continue fight against United States
CAIRO, Egypt (AP) - Osama bin Laden's top deputy vowed in a videotape aired Monday to keep fighting the United States until Washington changed its policies
29 NOv Mon
omaha.com
Car bomb kills 7 Iraqi security forces
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - A car bomb exploded Monday at a police checkpoint in western Iraq, killing seven government security force members and injuring nine in the latest strike against the country's fledgling police and National Guard troops, Iraqi officials said.
29 NOv
omaha.com
Chances of survival 'slight' for trapped Chinese miners
BEIJING (AP) - The chances of saving 141 trapped coal miners were "extremely slight," an official said Monday as rescuers pumped noxious fumes from the mine after a gas explosion in central China. Twenty-five miners were confirmed dead.
29 Nov
omaha.com
Climate may be cause of prehistoric bison's extinction
WASHINGTON (AP) - Big game hunters may be off the hook in the latest twist of a prehistoric whodunit that tries to explain why bison populations sharply crashed thousands of years ago
29 Nov
omaha.com
Iraqi insurgents may be expanding north
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Iraq's most feared terror group claimed responsibility Sunday for slaughtering members of the Iraqi security forces in Mosul, where dozens of bodies have been found.

The claim raised fears that the terror group has expanded to the north after the loss of its purported base in Fallujah.
29 Nov
omaha.com
Israelis hint at Gaza cooperation
JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel is prepared to coordinate its pullout from the Gaza Strip with a new Palestinian government, officials said Sunday. That would be a shift from Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's concept of "unilateral disengagement" and a sign that Israeli-Palestinian cooperation may be restored after the death of Yasser Arafat
29 Nov
omaha.com
Jordan's king strips half brother of his title
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) - King Abdullah II stripped his half brother and heir apparent of his title as crown prince in an abrupt shake-up Sunday aimed at redeeming the full power the king inherited from his late father.
29 Nov
omaha.com
Nuke resolution on Iran softened
VIENNA, Austria (AP) - In an effort to defuse a dispute that had threatened to go to the Security Council, the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency passed a toned-down resolution Monday on policing Iran's commitment to freeze all programs linked to uranium enrichment
29 Nov
omaha.com
Pakistan tests new missile
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) - Pakistan test fired a new version of its medium-range, nuclear-capable missile today, a top government official said.
29 NOv
omaha.com
Romanian election heads toward runoff
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) - Exit polls showed no clear winner in Romania's presidential election Sunday, forcing a runoff next month
29 Nov
omaha.com
Suspected Taliban kill 3 relief workers
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) - Suspected Taliban militants stormed the office of an Afghan relief organization early Sunday, killing three workers and wounding four police officers, officials said.
29 NOv
omaha.com
Ukraine prime minister says he'd support another vote
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - Ukrainian Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych said Monday he would support another presidential vote if allegations of fraud in last week's election are proven, while the Supreme Court debated an opposition appeal challenging the validity of the results.
30 Nov
omaha.com
Pilgrim's Pride stock sale to aid ConAgra
ConAgra Foods Inc. could soon receive millions more from the sale of its chicken division a year ago to Pilgrim's Pride Corp.

Pilgrim's Pride told the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday that it would sell at least 10 million shares to the public on behalf of ConAgra. It also asked the commission for permission to sell an additional 1.5 million shares for ConAgra.
30 Nov
omaha.com
Ag subsidies rose 27% in '03
Just under two-thirds of Nebraska farmers received government payments last year, but the lion's share went to about 20 percent of the producers.

In a study issued annually, the Environmental Working Group reported Monday that total subsidies paid to U.S. farmers in 2003 topped $16.4 billion, an increase of 27 percent over 2002.
30 Nov
omaha.com
ComFed has new president
A banker from Buffalo, N.Y., is the new president and chief operating officer of Commercial Federal Corp. of OmahaFrederick R. Kulikowski, 46, had been senior vice president for business banking at M&T Bank Corp., a $52 billion bank holding company. He also had managed consumer banking and the 650-office branch network of M&T, which stands for Manufacturers and Traders
30 Nov
omaha.com
EU still has deadlock on biotech corn
BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) - European Union governments failed to break a deadlock Monday on whether to allow imports of a corn modified by U.S. biotech giant Monsanto Co. to resist rootworms, despite a ruling last month confirming its safety
30 Nov
omaha.com
Wall Street on edge as inflation concerns grow
NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks finished mixed in a volatile session Monday as investors worried that the continued fall of the U.S. dollar would spur inflation and hurt the overall economy
29 Nov
omaha.com
Robots may take some jobs, create others
R2-D2 and C-3PO may still be years away from reality, but robot vacuum cleaners, medical robots, surveillance robots, underwater robots and demolition robots are here now.
And rather than replacing the human work force, robots are creating a booming job market for engineers, software developers and other technical professionals, experts say
30 Nov
omaha.com
Weak dollar a concern in Europe, Asia
VIENNA, Austria (AP) - The euro's growing strength against the U.S. dollar is "unwelcome," the European Central Bank chief said Monday as the 12-nation European currency hovered just below a record high.
30 Nov Tues
omaha.com
Annan unaware of son's oil-for-food link
UNITED NATIONS (AP) - Secretary-General Kofi Annan said he was unaware his son received $30,000 a year for over five years from a Swiss-based company under investigation in connection with suspected corruption in the U.N. oil-for-food program in Iraq
30 Nov
omaha.com
Bhutan to ban all tobacco sales
NEW DELHI, India (AP) - The tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan - which strictly preserves its forests, banned television until a few years ago and admits only a few thousand tourists a year - on Dec. 17 will become the first country in the world to ban all smoking in public and all sales of tobacco, according to a government spokeswoman here.
30 Nov
omaha.com
Congo to bolster Rwandan border
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) - Congo said Monday that it would send up to 10,000 reinforcements to its eastern border with Rwanda, where reports of invading Rwandan troops have raised fears of a resumption of the five-year regional war
30 NOv
omaha.com
Cuban dissidents suddenly freed
HAVANA (AP) - Several of the 75 Cuban dissidents arrested in a broad crackdown last year were freed Monday without warning, according to friends, relatives and local rights activists.
30 Nov
omaha.com
Hundreds dead in Philippines
MANILA, Philippines (AP) - The death toll from landslides and flash floods in the eastern Philippines jumped to nearly 340 on Tuesday after a second rainstorm hit a region still reeling from last week's deadly typhoon
30 Nov
omaha.com
Iran says it hasn't abandoned its right to enrich uranium
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran said Tuesday that it has not abandoned its right to enrich uranium, noting that its agreement with the U.N. nuclear agency to suspend the processing is for several months
30 Nov
omaha.com
Rebels' terror wears down Iraqi forces
MOSUL, Iraq - Iraqi police and national guard forces, whose performance is crucial to securing January elections, are foundering in the face of coordinated efforts to murder and intimidate them and their families, say U.S. officials in the provinces facing the most violent insurgency.
30 Nov
omaha.com
Red Cross sees abuse at Guantanamo
WASHINGTON - The International Committee of the Red Cross has charged in a confidential report to the U.S. government that the American military has intentionally used psychological and sometimes physical coercion "tantamount to torture" on prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
30 Nov
omaha.com
Six Americans on plane missing in Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - The U.S. military said today that it was searching for six Americans who were aboard an aircraft missing over Afghanistan
30 Nov
omaha.com
Southeast Asia takes new step toward unity
VIENTIANE, Laos (AP) - The small nations of Southeast Asia signed a deal with China on Monday to create the world's biggest free-trade area, aiming to erase tariffs by 2010, a key step in their vision of a trade bloc to rival Europe or North America.
30 NOv
omaha.com
Ukrainian opposition breaks off talks with government
KIEV, Ukraine - Opposition supporters on Tuesday abruptly broke off compromise talks over Ukraine's disputed presidential election after pro-government lawmakers blocked a no-confidence motion seeking to topple the prime minister, who was declared the victor in last week's vote despite allegations of massive fraud
30 Nov
omaha.com
Ukrainian president proposes new vote to break stalemate
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - Facing a relentless tide of opposition protests, President Leonid Kuchma said Monday that a new election might be the only way out of a crisis that threatens to split this former Soviet republic into a pro-Russian east and a pro-Western rest of Ukraine
30 Nov
omaha.com
Violence follows Hamas truce talk
JERUSALEM (AP) - A local Hamas leader indicated Monday that the group would not attack Israelis during the Palestinian presidential campaign and would consider a formal truce with the Jewish state.

But hours after Sheik Hassan Yousef spoke, two Hamas militants were killed trying to attack an Israeli military post in the Gaza Strip.
Newsweek
30 Nov
No Guts, No Glory, No Peace

In exclusive interviews, Ariel Sharon and Mahmoud Abbas survey the future
Dec. 6 issue - Yasir Arafat's death has opened an unexplored landscape of hopes and hazards for Israeli and Palestinian leaders. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, having just quelled a revolt within his own Likud Party over plans for a unilateral withdrawal from Gaza, is trying to ignore assassination threats. And the going is no less risky for the new Palestine Liberation Organization leader, Mahmoud Abbas (a.k.a. Abu Mazen), who narrowly escaped death in a Gaza gunfight only three days after Arafat died. Last week NEWSWEEK's Lally Weymouth talked with Sharon at his Shikmim Farm outside Tel Aviv and with Abbas at his Ramallah office. Both leaders spoke about the need to steer history on a new course
30 Nov
MSNBC
Ridge’s tenure at DHS yields mixed results

Bottom line:
No more terrorist attacks since 9/11
WASHINGTON - Tom Ridge, the nation's first secretary of homeland security, resigned Tuesday, leaving behind a mixed record. Although the nation is undeniably safer for the work of his agency, it is still "not safe enough," as Ridge has said on several occasions
iraq
1 Dec
omaha.com
Enemy becomes more effective
WASHINGTON - November was the bloodiest month for U.S. troops in Iraq since April, with at least 135 losing their lives and more than 50 falling in the two-week battle to evict insurgents from Fallujah.
iraq
dec 1
omaha.com
Insurgent violence surges again
BAGHDAD, Iraq - A resurgence in armed actions broke out Tuesday in areas west of Fallujah along a key highway leading to Jordan, just weeks after a massive U.S.-led military offensive in the city
iran
dec 1
omaha.com
Iran says it won dispute on uranium
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran claimed victory in its nuclear dispute Tuesday, saying it had diplomatically isolated the United States while preserving its own right to enrich uranium.
UN
1 dec
omaha.com
Panel identifies global threats, gives proposals to fight them
UNITED NATIONS (AP) - In a highly awaited report prompted by the divide over the Iraq war, an international panel made 101 recommendations Tuesday on how to deal with threats in the 21st century, including through the use of pre-emptive military strikes
Ukraine
1 Dec
omaha.com
Parliament passes vote of no-confidence against Ukrainian government
KIEV, Ukraine - Ukraine's parliament brought down the government of Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych with a no-confidence motion Wednesday in a show of the opposition's strength in the country's spiraling political crisis.
iraq
dec 1
omaha.com
Some fear disinformation in Iraq risks U.S. credibility
WASHINGTON - On the evening of Oct. 14, a young Marine spokesman near Fallujah, Iraq, appeared on CNN and made a dramatic announcement.

"Troops crossed the line of departure," 1st Lt. Lyle Gilbert declared, using a common military expression signaling the start of a major campaign
iraq
1 Dec
omaha.com
Bloody month in Iraq shows enemy is a tough one
WASHINGTON - November was the bloodiest month for U.S. troops in Iraq since April, with at least 135 losing their lives, including more than 50 who fell in the two-week battle to evict insurgents from Fallujah
Canada - bush
1 Dec
omaha.com
Bush says merci to Canada
HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (AP) - President Bush said Wednesday that the United States and Canada have a vital interest in the success of democracy in Iraq, saying that "a new day of freedom, of hope and self-government is on the way
Iraq
1 Dec 2004
omaha.com
Crackdown in Iraq's 'triangle of death' nets 210 suspects
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Multinational troops have arrested 210 suspected militants in a weeklong crackdown against insurgents in an area south of Baghdad known as the "triangle of death," the U.S. military command said Wednesday.
Iraq
1 Dec
omaha.com
Diplomat indicates U.S. stands firm on Iraqi elections
BAGHDAD, Iraq - The top U.S. diplomat in Iraq said Tuesday that security conditions here would improve enough to allow national elections to proceed in January as scheduled
China
1 Dec
omaha.com
Mine explosion toll reportedly hits 166
BEIJING (AP) - The death toll in a massive coal mine explosion in central China rose today to 166 after scores of missing miners were declared dead, government radio reported
Ukraine
1 Dec
omaha.com
Ukraine still stuck in neutral
KIEV, Ukraine - The official winner of Ukraine's disputed presidential election, Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich, said Tuesday that he was prepared to accept a new election, in which he wouldn't run, so long as his challenger also stepped aside.
Iraq
2 Dec
www.nytimes.com
U.S. to Increase Its Force in Iraq by Nearly 12,000
WASHINGTON, Dec. 1 - The American military presence in Iraq will grow by nearly 12,000 troops by next month, to 150,000, the highest level since the invasion last year, to provide security for the Iraqi elections in January and to quell insurgent attacks around the country, the Pentagon announced Wednesday
Iran
2 Dec
nytimes.com
Arms Inspectors Said to Seek Access to Sites in Iran
VIENNA, Dec. 1 -International inspectors are requesting access to two secret Iranian military sites where intelligence suggests that Tehran's Ministry of Defense may be working on atomic weapons, despite the agreement that Iran reached this week to suspend its production of enriched uranium, according to diplomats here.
Ukraine
2 Dec
nytimes.com
A New Election for Ukrainians Appears Likely
KIEV, Ukraine, Dec. 1 - Ukraine appears to be headed toward holding a new election under an agreement announced Wednesday night to adopt a sweeping reorganization of political power.
Palestine
2 Dec
nytimes.com
Prisoner Enters Palestinian Race for New Leader
JERUSALEM, Dec. 1 - Marwan Barghouti, an imprisoned Palestinian leader, reversed a decision Wednesday night and entered the race for the presidency of the Palestinian Authority. The surprise move instantly made the Jan. 9 vote competitive and potentially divisive
U.N.
1DEc
nytimes.com
U.N. Report Urges Big Changes; Security Council Would Expand
UNITED NATIONS, Nov. 30 - The United Nations on Tuesday proposed the most sweeping changes in its history, recommending the overhaul of its top decision-making group, the Security Council, and holding out the possibility that it could grant legitimacy to pre-emptive military strikes
Iraq
1 Dec
nytimes.com
In Falluja's Ruins, Big Plans and a Risk of Chaos
As military officials here prepare to start letting the first residents return to Falluja, possibly as soon as mid-December, they face an unusual challenge: how to win back the confidence of the people whose city they have just destroyed. Their task will be made harder by the need to deter returning insurgents, who will try to sabotage the reconstruction with attacks, commanders say
Israel
2 Dec
omaha.com
Budget defeat leaves Sharon scrambling
JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel's parliament voted against the nation's budget Wednesday, triggering a political crisis that could topple Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's government.
Iraq
2 Dec
omaha.com
Bush says Iraqi elections must be held on schedule
President Bush said Thursday that Iraq's elections must not be delayed from their scheduled date of Jan. 30, rejecting calls from 17 political parties there to postpone them until security at the polls can be ensured
Canada - Bush
2 Dec
omaha.com
Bush's anti-terror blueprint gets muted response in Canada
HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (AP) - President Bush asked Canadians on Wednesday to move beyond their deep opposition to the Iraq war and get behind his vision of democracies blooming from Baghdad to the West Bank
Iraq
2 Dec
omaha.com
Commanders want experienced troops as part of buildup
WASHINGTON - The increase in U.S. troop levels in Iraq announced Wednesday is larger than many officers had expected and reflects both the insurgents' deadly resiliency and poor performance by Iraqi security forces, commanders and military specialists said.
Military
2 Dec
omaha.com
Government argues to hold combatants
WASHINGTON (AP) - Under detailed questioning by a federal judge, government lawyers asserted Wednesday that the U.S. military can hold foreigners indefinitely as enemy combatants at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, even if they aided terrorists unintentionally and never fought the United States
Israel
2 Dec
omaha.com
Hagel says U.S. must aid Palestinians
WASHINGTON - Sen. Chuck Hagel said Wednesday that the United States must work harder to help ensure open and fair elections in January when Palestinians choose a new president.
Iran
2 Dec
omaha.com
Military sites in Iran raise nuke worries
VIENNA, Austria - International inspectors are requesting access to two secret Iranian military sites where intelligence suggests that Tehran's ministry of defense may be working on atomic weapons, despite an agreement that Iran reached this week to suspend its production of enriched uranium, diplomats said.
Ukraine
2 Dec
omaha.com
Opposition in Ukraine gains some momentum
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - Ukraine's opposition scored key victories Wednesday in its bid to scrap a disputed presidential election as Parliament voted no confidence in the government and European-brokered talks provided momentum toward holding a new ballot.
Israel
2 Dec
omaha.com
Palestinian unity begins to fracture ahead of vote
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) - Jailed Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouti declared his candidacy for president Wednesday, a stunning last-minute reversal that shook up Palestinian politics ahead of the Jan. 9 vote to choose Yasser Arafat's successor
U.N.
2 Dec
omaha.com
Powell says U.N. forces should get tough in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) - Heavy gunfire sounded near Haiti's presidential palace Wednesday as Secretary of State Colin Powell met with the country's interim leaders. Powell said international peacekeeping troops need to come down hard on street toughs and those who carry out political violence in Haiti
Israel
2 Dec
omaha.com
Sharon says Israel would only retaliate
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) - Israel will not attack Palestinians if the situation remains calm and Israel is not provoked, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said Thursday
Israel
2 Dec
omaha.com
Sharon seeks new coalition
JERUSALEM - The coalition government of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon began to totter Wednesday, jeopardizing his plan to withdraw Jewish settlers from the Gaza Strip.
Iraq
2 Dec
omaha.com
Sunni leader backs election timetable
BAGHDAD, Iraq - Interim President Ghazi al-Yawer, a Sunni Muslim tribal sheik, added his voice Wednesday to calls for national elections to be held in Iraq as scheduled on Jan. 30. That placed him at odds with a number of Sunni parties, which are concerned that violence in their political heartland will make voting there impossible
U.N.
2 Dec
omaha.com
U.N. ambassador resigns
WASHINGTON (AP) - U.N. Ambassador John Danforth submitted his resignation today, an official said
U.N.
2 Dec
omaha.com
U.N. members reject call for Annan to resign post
UNITED NATIONS (AP) - U.N. member states voiced support for Secretary-General Kofi Annan after a U.S. senator called for him to resign over possible fraud in Iraq's oil-for-food program
Afghanistan
2 Dec
omaha.com
U.S. Embassy sees Afghan kidnap plots
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Militants based in Pakistan are planning to infiltrate relief organizations and companies in Afghanistan as part of a plot to abduct U.S. citizens, the U.S. Embassy warned Wednesday
Ukraine
2 Dec
omaha.com
Ukrainians await Supreme Court ruling on presidential election
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - Tens of thousands of opposition supporters partied in Kiev's main square Thursday, erecting a Christmas tree and waving orange flags in a show of confidence as the Supreme Court heard final arguments on whether to overturn disputed election results.
Sudan
3 Dec
omaha.com
Ahead of exit, Danforth has eyes on peace in Sudan
UNITED NATIONS - John Danforth, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, has resigned less than six months after taking the job, citing a desire to spend more time with his wife, Sally, who has undergone a painful recovery from a fall last year that left her ankle badly broken
Iraq
3 Dec
omaha.com
Al-Zarqawi group takes credit for fatal strikes
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Insurgents launched two major attacks Friday against a Shiite mosque and a police station in Baghdad, killing 30 people, including at least 16 police officers
Alien asteroid
3 Dec
omaha.com
Alien asteroids may have been captured by the sun
The sun may have captured thousands or even millions of asteroids from another planetary system during an encounter more than 4 billion years ago, astronomers reported Thursday.

Such an interstellar ballet would explain many mysteries of the outer solar system - including the strange behavior of the recently discovered Sedna, the system's most distant known object, which occupies an elongated orbit far beyond Pluto
Cancun
3 Dec
omaha.com
Cancun killings cause shake-up
CANCUN, Mexico (AP) - Federal prosecutors fired their top agent here and arrested a local police official in the wake of nine drug-related slayings last week, the latest signs that drug violence and corruption have returned to this Caribbean coast resort
Iraq
3 dec
omaha.com
Pentagon targets rare infection in injured troops
A nasty, fairly rare infection is turning up in troops wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan, prompting U.S. health officials to push for stronger infection control in stateside military hospitals
Bosnia
3 Dec
omaha.com
EU takes over Bosnia peacekeeping
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) - The European Union began its biggest-ever military operation Thursday, formally taking over NATO's peacekeeping mission in Bosnia with 7,000 troops
Philippines
3 DEc
omaha.com
Hundreds still missing after Philippine storms
REAL, Philippines (AP) - Flash floods and landslides triggered by back-to-back storms that lashed the northeastern Philippines had killed more than 600 people by Friday, with nearly 400 still missing, military officials said
Iran
3 DEc
omaha.com
Iran reported to be developing long-range missiles
WASHINGTON - Iran is developing more advanced ballistic missiles that could deliver nuclear weapons to targets as far as Berlin, an Iranian opposition group and U.S. intelligence officials said Thursday. They said that Tehran also is shielding from international inspectors two military complexes believed to be part of its clandestine atomic bomb program
Iran
3 DEc
omaha.com
Iranians rise in defense of 'Persian' Gulf
TEHRAN, Iran - They were just two small words, in parenthesis, on a National Geographic map.

But that's all it took to get fiercely proud Iranians to rise up this week against what they see as an attack on their history.

In its latest world atlas, National Geographic added the name "Arabian Gulf" beneath "Persian Gulf" on a map of the body of water that laps the coasts of Iran and its Arab neighbors.
Palestine
3 Dec
omaha.com
Palestinians hit Barghouti run
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) - A day after jailed uprising leader Marwan Barghouti shocked his compatriots by announcing he'll run for president, many Palestinians denounced him Thursday for endangering unity in the post-Yasser Arafat era
Haiti
3 Dec
omaha.com
Peacekeepers patrol Haitian streets
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) - U.N peacekeepers patrolled streets here as gunfire rang out Thursday, a day after a prison riot and shootouts killed a dozen people and left dozens injured during a visit by Secretary of State Colin Powell
Rwanda
3 Dec
omaha.com
Signs grow of Rwandan intrusion
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) - U.N. air and ground patrols have photographed freshly made encampments and well-equipped soldiers in eastern Congo, U.N. officials said Thursday, bolstering unconfirmed suspicions that Rwanda has made good on a threat to send troops into its larger, weaker neighbor to pursue rebels
Sudan
3 Dec
omaha.com
Sudan says rebels in the north aren't letting up
KHARTOUM, Sudan -- Sudan on Thursday accused rebels in North Darfur of continuing attacks that have forced the withdrawal of the aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres and affected thousands of people
Osama bin Laden
3 Dec
omaha.com
Trail is cold, but hunt is on for Osama bin Laden
KABUL, Afghanistan -- For a time, the U.S. military in Afghanistan was talking as if it would smoke Osama bin Laden out of a cave on the rocky Pakistan border within months, perhaps even ahead of President Bush's re-election
Iraq - Fallujah
3 Dec
omaha.com
U.S. gains cache of rebel information
WASHINGTON - The expulsion of Iraqi guerrillas and foreign fighters from Fallujah has provided the U.S. military with a treasure-trove of intelligence that is giving commanders insights into the next phase of the insurgency and helping them reshape the counterinsurgency campaign, senior Pentagon and military officials said
Ukraine
3 Dec
omaha.com
Ukraine awaits court ruling on disputed election results
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - Tens of thousands of opposition supporters partied in Kiev's main square Thursday, erecting a Christmas tree and waving orange flags in a show of confidence as the Supreme Court heard final arguments on whether to overturn disputed election results
Ukraine
3 Dec
omaha.com
Ukraine high court orders new run-off election
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - The Supreme Court declared the results of Ukraine's disputed presidential run-off election invalid on Friday and ruled that the run-off should be repeated on Dec. 26, bringing cheers and fireworks from tens of thousands of opposition supporters massed in Kiev's main square
China
3 DEc
omaha.com
Communists seek less decadence, more zeal
BEIJING - As China moves ever deeper into free-market economics, the Communist Party has decided it must re-preach its ideology to members to hold onto its leading role in society.
Rwanda and Congo
4 Dec
omaha.com
Congo leader replies to Rwanda threats
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) - Congo President Joseph Kabila accused Rwanda on Friday of trying to create a military confrontation to disrupt his effort to move the country toward 2005 elections
Kosovo
4 Dec
omaha.com
Ex-rebel officer to lead Kosovo
PRISTINA, Serbia-Montenegro (AP) - Kosovo lawmakers named former rebel commander Ramush Haradinaj prime minister of the new government Friday, ignoring concern that a U.N. tribunal might indict him for war crimes.
Sudan
4 Dec
omaha.com
Land law sows fear for Darfur
NYALA, Sudan - Darfurians, driven from their ancestral homeland by government-backed militias, could lose their property if authorities invoke a little-known law, say human rights groups
U.N.
4 Dec
omaha.com
Nations voice support for Annan
UNITED NATIONS (AP) - Russia, China, Britain, France, Germany and dozens of other countries rallied to support U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan after a U.S. senator called for his resignation. But the United States stayed quiet
Iraq
4 Dec
omaha.com
Rebels target Baghdad police stations
BAGHDAD, Iraq - Insurgents staged nearly simultaneous attacks Friday on police stations at opposite ends of Baghdad, killing at least 20 people, freeing dozens of prisoners and emptying a police arsenal in a demonstration of the insurgency's strength in the heart of the country
Philippines
4 Dec
omaha.com
Storms kill 600 in Philippines
REAL, Philippines (AP) - Rescuers searched for 400 people still missing and scrambled to reach the stranded Friday after back-to-back storms set off flash floods and landslides that killed more than 600, military officials said.
Philippines
5 Dec
omaha.com
Aid arrives in wake of Philippines storms
REAL, Philippines (AP) - Helicopters delivered food to famished survivors and picked up casualties as the weather cleared on Saturday in villages ravaged by back-to-back storms that left 640 people dead and nearly 400 missing in the northern Philippines
Ukraine
5 DEc
omaha.com
Compromise falls apart in Ukraine
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - Opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko suffered a defeat in Parliament Saturday when his foes blocked electoral laws he had wanted for a new presidential runoff
Palestine
5 Dec
omaha.com
Continued Israeli raids hurt peace chances, Qureia says
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) - Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia said Saturday that continuing Israeli military raids were hampering efforts to restart the peace process
Iraq - rebels
5 DEc
omaha.com
Iraqi, Kurdish forces fall victim to rebel bombings
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Suicide car bombers struck Iraqi police and Kurdish militiamen in Baghdad and northern Iraq on Saturday, killing a total of at least 15 people. A U.S. soldier died in a separate attack.
Iraq - oil
5 Dec
omaha.com
Oil industry under attack from rebels, other Iraqis
KIRKUK, Iraq (AP) - When Saddam Hussein's lieutenant heard that an oil pipeline had been sabotaged in Qushqia, his order was swift: Blow up the village. Under Saddam, nobody messed with oil.
Osama bin Laden
5 DEc
omaha.com
Pakistan's sacrifice wins Bush's praise
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush on Saturday defended Pakistan's cooperation in the hunt for Osama bin Laden despite the inability of U.S. and Pakistani troops to find the al-Qaida leader
Mozambique elections
5 Dec
omaha.com
Ruling party's candidate leading
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Mozambique's governing party, Frelimo, and its presidential candidate, Armando Guebuza, appeared Saturday to be headed for a sweeping victory in the nation's third national elections since a 16-year civil war ended in 1992.
Iraq - Russion Pres opinion
5 Dec
omaha.com
Putin lashes out at the U.S.
NEW DELHI (AP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin sharply criticized the United States, accusing it of a double-standard in fighting terrorism and questioning whether any election in Iraq can be democratic when fighting is raging in the country
Iraq - soldiers' stories
5 Dec
omaha.com
Soldiers tell of struggle in deadly urban battle
FALLUJAH, Iraq - Capt. Sean Sims watched artillery shells explode in a blast of sand and rubble, close enough to hear but too far to see what they hit. It was Sims' first daylight look at the rebel-held city of Fallujah, just hours before he would lead his men deep into its heart.
Iraq - soldiers killed
5 Dec
omaha.com
Two U.S. soldiers killed, 4 hurt in Iraq
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Two U.S. soldiers were killed and four wounded when their patrol came under attack in the northwestern city of Mosul, the military said Sunday.
Ukraine - Russian Pres
3 Dec
nytimes.com
Putin Backs Ukrainian Leader, Dismissing Call for New Runoff
KIEV, Ukraine, Dec. 2 - President Vladimir V. Putin waded deep into Ukraine's electoral crisis on Thursday, dismissing the challenger's demand for a repeat of the disputed presidential runoff election and criticizing European efforts to mediate
Ukraine
4 Dec
nytimes.com
Ukrainian Court Orders New Vote for Presidency, Citing Fraud
KIEV, Ukraine, Dec. 3 - Ukraine's Supreme Court overturned the results of the country's disputed presidential election on Friday, saying they were marred by "systemic and massive violations," and ordered a new runoff between the main candidates by Dec. 26
Ukraine - Putin
13 Dec
msnbc.com - Newsweek
Putin's Pratfall
Russia's leader thought Ukraine was in his pocket—until Ukrainians showed how badly he had miscalculated. But the former KGB colonel still isn't about to abandon his dream of bringing back the Kremlin's glory days of worldwide influence
U.N.
13 Dec
msnbc.com - Newsweek
When the U.N. Fails, We All Do

'In a sense things got better after the peacekeepers left,' Rusesabagina told me. 'People realized no one was going to help them'
Rusesabagina, an "ordinary" Rwandan, a hotel manager, who was able to shelter and save more than 1,200 people—Tutsis and Hutus—in the midst of the Rwandan genocide. He is a Rwandan Schindler, who in a series of amazing improvisations—using contacts, skills and herculean effort—managed to keep his flock alive
Spain terrorists
6 Dec
omaha.com
Bombs rock Spain after calls from Basque group
MADRID, Spain (AP) - Small bombs exploded Monday in seven cities around Spain after telephone warnings from callers claiming to speak on behalf of the armed Basque separatist group ETA, the Interior Ministry said
Iraq killed 17
6 DEc
omaha.com
Ambush killing 17 among latest attacks on Iraqis working with U.S.
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Gunmen on Sunday ambushed a bus carrying unarmed Iraqis to work at a U.S. ammo dump near Tikrit, killing 17. That raised the toll from three days of intensified insurgent attacks to at least 70 Iraqi dead and dozens wounded
Egypt Israel
6 Dec
omaha.com
Egypt, Israel prisoner swap signals thaw in relations
CAIRO, Egypt (AP) - In a series of dramatic steps capped Sunday by a high-profile prisoner swap, Israel and Egypt are moving rapidly to improve relations, seizing the opportunity for a Middle East peace deal presented by Yasser Arafat's death
Saudi Arabia Us Consulate
6 Dec
omaha.com
Jiddah assault leaves eight dead
IDDAH, Saudi Arabia (AP) - Islamic militants threw explosives at the gate of the heavily guarded U.S. Consulate in Jiddah in a bold attack Monday, then forced their way into the building and held civilians at gunpoint, prompting a gunbattle.
Iraq vote
6 DEc
omaha.com
On-time vote in Iraq seen as major defeat for rebels
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush expressed determination Monday to see Iraq hold elections Jan. 30 and said they would show that terrorists cannot stop the march of democracy
Ukraine
6 Dec
omaha.com
Ukraine runs protests with order, precision
KIEV, Ukraine - As upheavals go, Ukraine's bloodless, two-week-old "orange revolution" may be the most well run in recent history
Ukraine leader
6 Dec
omaha.com
Ukraine's leader backs repeat vote
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - Ukraine's outgoing President Leonid Kuchma said Monday he will honor the Supreme Court's call for a repeat presidential runoff, even while pressing ahead with constitutional changes that would weaken the presidency as he faced the possibility of victory by the popular opposition candidate
Iraq insurgents
6 Dec
nytimes.com
Wave of Violence by Iraqi Rebels Kills 80 in 3 Days
BAGHDAD, Iraq, Dec. 5 - Militants surrounded a bus full of unarmed Iraqi contractors employed by American forces as they rode to work on Sunday morning and gunned down 17 of them. It was the latest in a series of increasingly brazen attacks that have left more than 80 people dead in the past three days and deepened the sense of growing mayhem here as the January elections approach
Iraq - CIA intelligence
7 Dec
nytimes.com
2 C.I.A. Reports Offer Warnings on Iraq's Path
WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 - A classified cable sent by the Central Intelligence Agency's station chief in Baghdad has warned that the situation in Iraq is deteriorating and may not rebound any time soon, according to government officials.
afghanistan
7 DEc
nytimes.com
At Inauguration, Karzai Pledges 'New Chapter' for Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan, Dec. 7 - Hamid Karzai was sworn in today as Afghanistan's first popularly elected president, three years after American-backed resistance fighters swept the Taliban government from power
Saudi Arabia
7 Dec
omaha.com
Saudis vow to continue terror fight
JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia (AP) - Militants lobbing explosives forced their way into the heavily guarded U.S. Consulate in Jiddah on Monday before Saudi security forces stormed the compound and fought a gunbattle to end a four-hour standoff. Eight people, none American, were killed
Iraq - troops
7 Dec
omaha.com
Rumsfeld hopes troops will be home in 4 years
KUWAIT CITY (AP) - Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld voiced hope Monday - but did not predict - that American troops would be out of Iraq by the end of President Bush's second term
Ukraine power deal
7 Dec
omaha.com
Deal on power in Ukraine fails
KIEV, Ukraine - Ukraine's fractious lawmakers reached a tentative agreement on Monday to end a political stalemate before a new presidential election this month. But President Leonid Kuchma and the two presidential contenders failed to approve the deal after hours of talks that stretched into this morning
Palestine - Israel
7 DEc
omaha.com
Polls see a dead heat for Palestinian presidency
JERUSALEM - The two leading Palestinian presidential candidates, Mahmoud Abbas and Marwan Barghouti, appear to be in a dead heat before next month's election to replace the late Yasser Arafat, according to two opinion polls Monday
Iran president
7 DEc
omaha.com
Iranian president says democratic reform fails
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran's embattled president, Mohammad Khatami, conceded Monday that his democratic reform program had failed, saying he'd bowed to the will of hard-liners to avoid riots and preserve the ruling clergy.
Ukraine romance
7 Dec
omaha.com
Amid the rigors of revolution, love blooms
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - Freezing temperatures. Close quarters. A lack of hot water and clean bathrooms. These are the ingredients of romance.
Ukraine power deal
7 Dec
omaha.com
Deal on power in Ukraine fails
KIEV, Ukraine - Ukraine's fractious lawmakers reached a tentative agreement on Monday to end a political stalemate before a new presidential election this month. But President Leonid Kuchma and the two presidential contenders failed to approve the deal after hours of talks that stretched into this morning.
Aghanistan
7 Dec
omaha.com
Hamid Karzai sworn in as Afghan president
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Hamid Karzai was sworn in Tuesday as Afghanistan's first popularly elected president, calling for sustained help from the international community to bolster a young democracy that still faces the twin threats of terrorism and drugs.
Iraq insurgents
7 Dec
omaha.com
Insurgents hunt for collaborators within Baghdad
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Brazen gunmen firing automatic weapons roamed Baghdad's streets Monday within blocks of the country's most fortified sites, including the U.S. Embassy and the Iraq government's headquarters.
Iran
7 Dec
omaha.com
Iranian president says democratic reform fails
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran's embattled president, Mohammad Khatami, conceded Monday that his democratic reform program had failed, saying he'd bowed to the will of hard-liners to avoid riots and preserve the ruling clergy.
Iraq - insurgents from other countries
7 dec
omaha.com
Iraqi blasts foreigners' connection to attacks
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Iraq's deputy prime minister expressed growing impatience Tuesday with neighboring countries for not doing enough to keep foreign fighters from joining the insurgency here.
Palestine
7 Dec
omaha.com
Polls see a dead heat for Palestinian presidency
JERUSALEM - The two leading Palestinian presidential candidates, Mahmoud Abbas and Marwan Barghouti, appear to be in a dead heat before next month's election to replace the late Yasser Arafat, according to two opinion polls Monday.
Ukraine - Putin
7 Dec
omaha.com
Putin promises Ukrainians he'll butt out
Only days after mocking calls for a new vote, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday that he would work with whomever Ukrainians elect president.
Saudi Arabia effects
7 Dec
omaha.com
Saudi assault may spark more raids, analysts say
JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia (AP) - Its confidence shaken, Saudi Arabia pledged anew to ensure stability in the kingdom and said Tuesday that four militants behind a deadly assault on the U.S. consulate in Jiddah the day before were Saudis.