The Week That Was

October 19, 2003

The War

The U.N. Security Council approved a U.S. resolution, seen as a major concession to win international support in Iraq, that gives Iraq's Governing Council until Dec. 15 to set a timetable for holding elections and writing a new constitution.

Eight people including the bomber were killed when a car bomb targeted the Baghdad Hotel, home to U.S. officials and members of the Iraqi Governing Council. Another car bomb exploded near the Turkish Embassy - killing the driver and wounding more than a dozen - in an apparent protest of plans to bring Turkish troops to Iraq as peacekeepers.

A U.S. soldier was killed and two others wounded in a rocket-propelled grenade attack in Tikrit, Iraq. Another U.S. soldier died in Jalyula 80 miles to the east of Tikrit when insurgents ambushed a convoy.

Three Americans and 10 Iraqis were killed in a firefight outside the headquarters of a Shiite cleric in Karbala, a city holy to Shiites that is south of Baghdad. Another American was killed by a roadside bomb in Baghdad that also injured two.

Suspected Taliban fighters killed at least seven and wounded two in an attack on a government office in the southern Afghan province of Zabul.

The Senate defied the Bush administration and voted to require Iraq to repay as much as $10 billion in aid, while the House was prepared to approve the full $87 billion request for Iraq without any payback.

The Department of Homeland Security ordered a search of all commercial airliners after box cutters were found stashed in two Southwest Airlines planes in an apparent challenge to security authorities.

The World

Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat appointed an acting security chief over interim Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia's opposition.

More than 1,200 Palestinians were left homeless after a three-day Israeli operation in the Rafah refugee camp in Gaza aimed at tunnels used by weapons smugglers.

The United States vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution that would have condemned Israel for building a barrier that cuts into the West Bank.

Saudi Arabia announced it would hold its first elections, to create local councils.

Serbians celebrating a wedding by firing their guns into the air shot down a small aircraft, injuring its two occupants.

China became the third nation to launch a man into space as Yang Liwei, 38, spent 21 hours in orbit before his capsule landed in the Gobi Desert.

Fijians of the island of Viti Levu planned to apologize to the descendants of a British missionary whom they cooked and ate in 1867 because he violated a taboo, which still exists, against touching a person's head without permission.

The Nation

Two-year-old twins from Egypt who had been joined at the head were separated in 34 hours of surgery in Dallas.

The Supreme Court said it will decide whether the Pledge of Allegiance is unconstitutional because of the phrase "One nation under God." The court also refused to let the federal government punish doctors for recommending marijuana to ill patients, a victory for the nine states that allow medical use of the drug.

Bill Shoemaker, the Hall of Fame jockey who rode more than 8,800 winners, including four Kentucky Derby champions, in a career spanning five decades, died at his home in Arcadia, Calif. He was 72.

Doctors removed the feeding tube from a Florida woman, Terri Schiavo, 39, who suffered severe brain injuries after her heart stopped 13 years ago, after her husband obtained a court order that was opposed by her parents and others, including Gov. Jeb Bush.

An advisory panel to the Food and Drug Administration recommended that silicone breast implants be allowed back on the market 11 years after they were banned as a health risk.

President Bush has raised almost $84 million for his re-election campaign since starting formal fund raising in May.

Howard Dean raised nearly $15 million in three months, a record for a Democratic primary candidate.

The Region

Federal prosecutors subpoenaed five years of records from members of the Baltimore City Council, apparently in a probe of gifts from people with business before the council and of nepotism in hiring.

With a robber holding a pistol to a church secretary's head, a Northeast Baltimore priest was forced to open a rectory safe and hand over thousands of dollars from Sunday collection baskets.

John Allen Muhammad entered innocent pleas as jury selection began in Virginia Beach in the death-penalty trial of the 42-year-old sniper suspect.

More than 80 city teachers who let their professional certificates lapse were sent termination letters as Baltimore school officials attempt to pare the number of surplus teachers working in the system.

Magellan Health Services, the mental health insurance giant, said it would move its corporate headquarters from Columbia to Connecticut.

Quote

"The person who is in charge is me."

President Bush, speaking to Tribune Broadcasting in a White House interview to counter criticism of the administration's Iraq policy

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