The Week That Was

October 05, 2003

The World

With no other countries stepping forward to provide troops for Iraq, Pentagon officials said it was increasingly likely that fresh American forces -- either National Guard or active duty -- would have to begin replacing U.S. soldiers early next year.

A female U.S. soldier died in a bold daylight attack just outside an Army base in Tikrit, Iraq. She was the fourth woman to die in Iraq or Kuwait since the war began.

An ailing Pope John Paul II appointed 31 new cardinals, enlarging the body that will choose his successor and further solidifying his conservative influence on the Roman Catholic Church.

A power failure that left most of Italy without electricity for several hours was blamed for at least three deaths.

Four Serb former paramilitary soldiers were convicted of war crimes. Three were sentenced to 20 years in prison and one to 15 years in the 1992 killing of 16 Muslim civilians in Bosnia.

The Israeli government approved a plan for building barriers deep inside the West Bank to secure several large Jewish settlements, despite opposition from the Bush administration.

Three militant Israeli settlers were sentenced to 12 to 15 years in prison for parking an explosives-laden trailer outside a Palestinian girls school in East Jerusalem last year.

Ali Ghufron, known as Mukhlas, a top organizer of last year's deadly nightclub attacks on Indonesia's Bali island, was sentenced to death, the third death sentence handed out for the Oct. 12 attack that killed 202.

North Korea, for the first time, announced that it has processed spent fuel rods that could be used to make nuclear bombs.

Gunmen fatally shot Jose Castillo, a Liberal Party candidate for mayor, as he left his home in Soledad, Colombia, the 15th assassination of a candidate in Colombia's upcoming state and municipal elections.

South African novelist J.M. Coetzee, known for the spare, psychologically tense portrayals of the cruelties of his native land, won the Nobel Prize for literature.

Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern said his government will ban smoking in all workplaces, including pubs, in January.

A Belgian court convicted 18 men in that country's largest terrorism trial ever, including a former professional soccer player who was a member of al-Qaida, for plotting to bomb a Belgian air base used by NATO.

The Nation

Nearly seven in 10 Americans believe that a special prosecutor should be named to investigate allegations that Bush administration officials illegally leaked the name of an undercover CIA agent, according to a Washington Post/ABC News poll.

Arnold Schwarzenegger apologized for his behavior on "rowdy movie sets" after a Los Angeles Times article said seven women allege that the California gubernatorial candidate groped them while they were working on his films.

Independent candidate Arianna Huffington dropped out of the California recall race, saying it was her best hope of preventing Arnold Schwarzenegger from becoming governor.

A federal judge said that since prosecutors will not allow terror suspect Zacarias Moussaoui to interview al-Qaida detainees, they cannot seek the death penalty or try to link him to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

Conservative talk-show host Rush Limbaugh resigned from his job on an ESPN National Football League commentary show, after making comments denounced as racist about Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb.

The number of Americans without health insurance rose last year for the second consecutive year to 43.6 million, an increase of 2.4 million from 2001, according to the Census Bureau.

Elia Kazan, one of the most honored and influential directors in Broadway and Hollywood history, died at 94.

Donald O'Connor, an entertainer who combined comedy and acrobatics in the show-stopping "Make 'Em Laugh" number in the classic movie Singin' in the Rain, died. He was 78.

David Kay, head of the U.S. search for Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, told Congress that he has turned up no chemical or biological weapons and evidence of only a rudimentary nuclear program.

The Labor Department reported that businesses added 57,000 jobs in September, the first gains in eight months.

A group of Libertarians announced a project to persuade 20,000 Americans to move to New Hampshire and work to transform it into a "free state" with fewer laws, smaller government and greater liberty.

The Region

Sniper suspects John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo came face to face in a Virginia courtroom for the first time since they were charged nearly a year ago in killings that terrified the Washington region. Malvo refused to reveal if he will testify against Muhammad.

Prince George's County State's Attorney Glenn F. Ivey said his office was considering criminal charges against the parents of a 4-year-old boy who fatally shot his 5-year-old sister with a semiautomatic handgun.

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