The Week That Was

January 25, 2004

The World

Israeli warplanes bombed two Hezbollah bases in southern Lebanon in retaliation for a missile attack at the border a day earlier that killed an Israeli soldier.

Alitalia, the Italian national airline, had to cancel more than 350 flights because of an eight-hour strike by airline workers.

Local Afghan officials said a U.S. helicopter attacked a house in a village in southern Afghanistan, killing 11 people, including four children and three women. The American military said its information showed that only five armed militants died.

At least two seamen were killed and 16 were missing after a freighter with a mainly Filipino crew capsized in the North Sea near the western Norwegian port of Bergen.

Two American soldiers were killed and a third critically wounded when mortar fire hit their camp in central Iraq. In other incidents on the same day, gunmen ambushed a vehicle carrying Iraqi women who worked at a U.S. military laundry, killing four; killed two Iraqi policemen at a checkpoint; and wounded the security chief of the Spanish troops.

Shiite Muslim marchers in Baghdad demanded that Saddam Hussein be treated as a war criminal, not a prisoner of war.

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon praised his country's ambassador to Sweden for vandalizing a work of art on display in Stockholm that depicted a Palestinian suicide bomber on a ship in a pool of red water. The Israeli-born artist who made it with his Swedish wife said it represented the ability of lonely, weak people to do horrible things.

Amnesty International said North Koreans have been executed in public for stealing food.

An Israeli businessman seeking approval for a development on a Greek island was accused of bribing Ariel Sharon by allegedly giving the prime minister's son a lucrative job and making payments to the family ranch. Sources said charges against Sharon are being considered.

Scientists scrambled to fix a problem with the Mars Spirit rover after it stopped sending intelligible data to Earth.

Officials in Thailand said two people were confirmed to have the avian influenza that has infected at least five in Vietnam.

The Nation

Rep. Richard A. Gephardt, the former House Democratic leader and 14-term congressman, abandoned his second bid for the presidency after finishing fourth in the Iowa caucuses.

The remaining Democratic candidates refrained from attacking each other in the final debate before the New Hampshire primary, as former front-runner Howard Dean tried to recover from what many saw as an over-the-top outburst while speaking to supporters after his loss in Iowa.

Martha Stewart waved to her supporters, strode into a Manhattan courthouse and repeated a plea of innocent at the start of her stock-trading trial.

The judge in the murder case against Scott Peterson moved the trial about 90 miles away to the San Francisco Bay area because of hostility toward Peterson in his dead wife's hometown.

A member of the Winston-Salem (N.C.) City Council placed a one-ton granite monument to the Ten Commandments in front of City Hall while it was closed for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Mayor Allen Joines said the city would quickly remove the monument.

President Bush defended his decision to invade Iraq and "the sanctity of marriage" in his State of the Union address.

Residential construction picked up in December, helping to make 2003 the best year for homebuilders in the United States since 1978, with 1.85 million units built.

The Salvation Army received $1.5 billion in the will of Joan B. Kroc, widow of the founder of McDonald's, who died last fall.

In what U.S. prosecutors in New York said was a death blow to the Bonanno crime family, 27 men were indicted on a variety of charges, including murder charges for 10.

In a case involving an Alaskan zinc mine, the Supreme Court, in a 5-4 vote, said the Environmental Protection Agency has power over state environmental agencies that allow unreasonable pollution by industry.

The recording industry sued 532 computer users - most identified only as John Doe - it said were illegally distributing songs over the Internet.

Republicans ended a Democratic filibuster and the Senate approved by a vote of 65-28 a $373 billion spending bill for the fiscal year that began four months ago.

Former South Dakota Rep. William J. Janklow, who resigned his seat after being convicted of second-degree manslaughter for killing a motorcyclist when he ran a stop sign, was sentenced to 100 days in jail and three years of probation, fined $5,400 and ordered to pay $50 for each day he spends in jail.

The Region

The Howard County school board said it will not renew the contract of Superintendent John R. O'Rourke, who was hired three years ago.

Claude A. Allen, the Virginian nominated last year to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals for what Maryland's U.S. senators say is a Maryland seat, was re-nominated by President Bush.

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