Daily Read Board - 18JUN05
Durbin 'regrets' Gitmo remarks - WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin expressed a conditional "regret" yesterday for his remarks linking Guantanano Bay interrogations to Adolf Hitler, Josef Stalin and Pol Pot after Vice President Dick Cheney and the American Legion unleashed another day of rebukes of the Senate's No. 2 Democrat.
Last two battleships' friends, foes bring out the big guns - The Navy wants to let go of its last two battleships. But a group called the United States Naval Fire Support Association is doing its best to torpedo that plan. Both sides are firing salvos across newspaper op-ed pages.
Threat Closes U.S. Consulate in Nigeria - LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) - The United States temporarily closed its consulate in Lagos because of a terrorist threat, a U.S. military official said Friday, and those of Britain, Germany, Italy, Russia and other nations followed suit.
al-Qaida No. 2 Disparages U.S. on Reform - CAIRO, Egypt (AP) - Al-Qaida's No. 2 leader released a new video, broadcast on Al-Jazeera television Friday, in which he disparaged the U.S. concept of reform in the Middle East and said armed jihad is the only way to bring change in the Arab world.
Afghan Minister Says al-Qaida Regrouping - KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida network is regrouping and preparing to bring Iraq-style bloodshed to Afghanistan, the defense minister said Friday, warning his country may face intense violence ahead of key legislative elections this fall.
Runoff likely in Iranian election - TEHRAN -- Iran headed toward the first runoff presidential election in its current history as a key government official today predicted that none of the seven candidates, including the favorite contender, Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani, would win enough votes for outright victory.
EU Talks on Its Future Budget Collapse - BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) - Talks on the European Union's budget collapsed in acrimony Friday, abruptly ending a summit that diplomats had hoped would pull the EU out of its constitutional dilemma. Top European leaders blamed each other for the breakdown but agreed the bloc was "in a deep crisis."
N. Korea May Return to Nuke Talks in July - SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Il said Friday his communist nation could rejoin disarmament talks as soon as next month and might someday renounce nuclear weapons, but needs to be treated with respect first.
Rice: Israel Must Not Sabotage Peace Hopes - SHANNON, Ireland (AP) - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice warned Israel on Friday not to complicate the path to peace with the Palestinians through new Jewish settlements just as the date approaches for Israelis to fulfill a promise to leave other, established settlements.
About 50 Insurgents Killed in Iraq - QAIM, Iraq (AP) - U.S. Marines said Saturday that about 50 insurgents have been killed so far in the American military's latest campaign to stop foreign fighters infiltrating Iraq from neighboring Syria. About 100 insurgents have also been captured in the operation that began Friday in Karabilah, about 200 miles west of Baghdad.
Palestinians Create Mixed Electoral System - RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) - The Palestinian parliament passed a compromise election law Saturday afternoon, removing a major hurdle to holding new legislative elections that had been scheduled for next month but were postponed indefinitely.
Clashes in Egypt Leave Two Dead - EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) - Egyptian security forces in the Sinai mountains clashed Friday with suspects in deadly attacks last year on Red Sea resorts. Security officials said a soldier and a fugitive were killed and four other soldiers were wounded.