The Week That Was

April 27, 2003

The World

Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz, a longtime member of Saddam Hussein's inner circle, surrendered to U.S. troops.

France proposed an end to civilian sanctions against Iraq but said the embargo could not formally end until the United Nations certified that Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction.

Two members of the news media were being investigated amid accusations of taking looted souvenirs out of Iraq. Several U.S. servicemen were investigated in the disappearance of as much as $900,000 of the more than $600 million discovered in Baghdad.

The U.S. military warned various would-be leaders in Iraq, including a self-proclaimed mayor of Baghdad and Shiite militants assuming authority in many areas, not to take on positions of power.

Iran was warned by the United States not to interfere in Iraq by encouraging Shiite fundamentalists to seize powers. Iranian officials denied any interference.

The first oil flowed from Iraqi oil wells since fighting started.

Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld denied reports that the United States will seek permanent military bases in Iraq.

Jay Garner, the retired general chosen by the Bush administration to lead Iraq's interim authority, toured Baghdad under heavy security, promising to restore services quickly. Garner was later welcomed by the Kurds in the north, where he has often visited.

President Bush praised the cooperation of Syria after weeks of escalating verbal assaults on that country by administration officials.

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was convicted of dozens of charges of theft and fraud for obtaining fraudulent insurance policies and funeral plans for poor women and then taking money from those accounts.

Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo was re-elected in a vote marred by accusations of fraud.

Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and new Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas reached a deal on a Cabinet, an important step in re-starting the peace process.

A suicide bomber in a town north of Tel Aviv killed a security guard at a train station and wounded 13 others.

China quarantined thousands of Beijing residents in an effort to control SARS, and the World Health Organization warned against visiting China and Toronto because the infectious lung disease.

Expatriate singer Nina Simone, whose rejection of racism in her native America informed her critically acclaimed work, died in France at 70.

North Korea said that it already has nuclear weapons, in talks between the United States and North Korea in Beijing.

Serbian police charged former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic and eight others in the death of Ivan Stambolic, a former Serbian president who disappeared in 2000.

The OPEC oil cartel decided to reduce output by 7 percent.

The Nation

President Bush said he will nominate Alan Greenspan for a fifth term as head of the Federal Reserve Board.

American Airlines CEO Donald J. Carty resigned after a flap over paying large executive bonuses at a time most of the struggling airline's workers were being asked to take pay cuts.

A story about a branch manager embezzling $1 million caused a run on Abacus Federal Savings Bank in New York's Chinatown, though bank officials and federal regulators said the institution is sound.

Speaking in Ohio, President Bush insisted on a tax cut of at least $550 billion over 10 years.

Banker Frank P. Quattrone, the former head of Credit Suisse First Boston, was charged with obstructing justice.

Weight loss could help prevent 90,000 cancer deaths a year, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

An object floating away from the space shuttle Columbia while it was in orbit, seen in footage of the vessel, was identified as a seal from the leading edge of the left wing.

A team of student journalists at the University of Illinois concluded that former White House counsel Fred F. Fielding was the "Deep Throat" source used by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein in their reporting on the Watergate scandal.

Southwest Airlines posted a $24 million first-quarter profit as many of its competitors sank further into debt.

The Supreme Court agreed to take a case that could - as the Bush administration urges - limit the Miranda ruling that ensures criminal suspects are aware of their rights.

Scott Peterson pleaded not guilty to charges of killing his pregnant wife, Laci, whose body - along with that of a nearly full-term, male fetus - were pulled from the San Francisco Bay near where Peterson said he was fishing on Christmas Eve, the day he reported her missing.

Sen. Rick Santorum, a Pennsylvania Republican, faced criticism for remarks in an interview equating homosexual acts with incest and bigamy.

The Region

James Sheets, an eighth-grader at Red Lion Area Junior High School south of York, Pa., who was armed with three revolvers, shot and fatally wounded Principal Eugene Segro before killing himself.

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