The Week That Was

February 03, 2002

The Crisis

President Bush said in the State of the Union address that thousands of trained terrorists are "spread throughout the world like ticking time bombs - set to go off without warning" and called Iran, Iraq and North Korea an "axis of evil" for their support of terrorist activities.

Afghan officials said that U.S. Special Forces mistakenly attacked Afghan allies while going after two suspected Taliban compounds late last month.

An assault by Afghan fighters supported by U.S. Special Forces killed six al-Qaida fighters who had been holed up in a Kandahar hospital for weeks.

Winter Olympics officials are tightening security for the games in Salt Lake City after Justice Department officials requested changes.

The Bush administration denied interim Afghan President Hamid Karzai's request that the U.S. take a military role in peacekeeping forces, but offered help in training the country's police and soldiers.

Twelve employees of New York's Port Authority and five others were charged with filing false claims to receive benefits from Sept. 11 relief funds.

Two days of fighting between rival warlords - who opposed the Taliban - left at least 61 dead in the eastern Afghan town of Gardez.

The Nation

Amtrak threatened to discontinue all long-distance train service in October if Congress doesn't give it $1.2 billion in the next budget year.

The General Accounting Office said it would go to court to compel the White House to disclose information about meetings Vice President Dick Cheney's energy task force held with industry executives.

The Federal Reserve decided not to decrease interest rates, in a sign that policy-makers believe the economy, which grew in the last quarter, is getting stronger.

The Bush administration classified a developing fetus as an "unborn child," a way to extend prenatal care to low-income pregnant women. Abortion rights activists called the move part of an attempt to establish "fetal personhood."

Janet Reno, the former U.S. attorney general running for governor of Florida, fainted at a speaking engagement in Rochester, N.Y., but later told reporters in Miami, "I feel great."

Toys 'R' Us plans to lay off 1,900 and close 64 stores to try to return to profitability.

Linda Lay, wife of Enron chief executive Kenneth L. Lay, said in a television interview that her husband did nothing wrong, and that their family was struggling to maintain "liquidity."

Global Crossing Ltd., a company that spent $15 billion building worldwide high-speed Internet lines, filed for bankruptcy.

Noelle Bush, the daughter of the Florida governor Jeb Bush and niece of the president, was arrested for using a phony prescription to try to buy the drug Xanax.

A 19-year-old was sentenced to 21 years in prison on second-degree murder charges as one of three teen-agers who dropped a 22-pound chunk of concrete off a highway overpass near Tampa, Fla., that killed a University of Alabama professor in 1999.

A California jury found that the Ford Explorer has a "defect in design" that makes it liable to roll over, but that the defect was not responsible for a 1997 accident that paralyzed Catherine Gozukara and crushed her husband's leg.

Flight attendants at Delta Air Lines voted against representation by the Association of Flight Attendants, a major blow to the union that had spent four years and millions of dollars in one of the largest labor organizing efforts in decades.

The World

Thousands of international business, political, academic and religious figures gathered amid tight security in New York for the 32nd Annual World Economic Forum.

Defying the international community, Zimbabwe's parliament approved harsh restrictions on the country's news-gathering organizations.

The Roman Catholic Church in Ireland announced a $110 million fund to compensate children abused by priests, brothers and nuns over several decades.

More than 600 were killed when a fire caused spectacular explosions at a munitions dump in Lagos, the capital of Nigeria. Most drowned fleeing the blaze.

A Swedish court ruled a 35-year-old man who privately donated his sperm to a lesbian couple is the legal father of the three children and must support them financially.

A Palestinian became one of the first female suicide bombers, killing herself and one Israeli in an explosion in Jerusalem's shopping district. One of the 113 injured had escaped without injury from the World Trade Center on Sept. 11.

Pope John Paul II said Roman Catholic lawyers must refuse divorce cases.

A Hong Kong man was sentenced to two years in prison by a Chinese court for "illegal business" after he imported Bibles into China for use by a banned evangelical group.

An Ecuadorean Boeing 727 crashed in the Andes of southern Colombia, killing all 92 aboard.

Five senior Russian officers and nine others died when their military helicopter crashed in Chechnya.

Angola said that all of its troops had been withdrawn from Congo, where they had been fighting on the government's side in that country's protracted civil war.

The Region

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