The Week That Was

August 01, 2004


"We need to make America once again a beacon in the world. We need to be looked up to and not just feared."

The World

More than 70 people were killed and scores injured when a car bomb exploded outside a police recruiting center in the Iraqi city of Baquba.

As U.S. Secretary of State Colin L. Powell made a surprise visit to Baghdad to mark a political convention that will gather 1,000 delegates in a step on Iraq's journey to democracy, Iraqi officials acceded to a U.N. recommendation and postponed the gathering for two weeks due to the rising violence and accusations that the delegate selection process was unfair.

Ahmed Khalfan Ghaliani, an al-Qaida suspect sought in connection with the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, was arrested by Pakistani forces after a 10-hour shootout.

Thirteen Iraqi insurgents died in a battle between U.S. Marines in Fallujah, according to the U.S. military.

A Jordanian catering and construction company, Daoud and Partners, pledged to stop working in Iraq a day after two of its employees, both truck drivers, were kidnapped near the Syrian border by a group calling itself the Mujahedeen Corps in Iraq.

Oil prices rose as the Russian company Yukos said it might stop exporting oil after its top shareholder, Leonid B. Nevzlin, was charged with murder and attempted murder.

The European Union joined the United States in calling for United Nations sanctions against Sudan if it does not rein in the pro-government Arab militias accused of ethnic cleansing against black Africans in its western Darfur region.

A French court in Bordeaux annulled the country's first gay marriage, declaring that "a difference of sex is a condition of marriage under French law."

The American and Israeli embassies in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan, were hit by coordinated bomb attacks that killed at least two people and wounded several more.

Doctors Without Borders said it would withdraw from Afghanistan after 24 years, protesting the failure to arrest the killers of five of its staff.

Floods in Bangladesh killed at least 1,600 and left millions homeless.

Francis Crick, who along with James Watson discovered the double helix structure of DNA, died at 88.

The Nation

The FBI canceled health benefits it said were mistakenly given to the same-sex partner of a female agent in Connecticut, asserting the bureau's rule against benefits for same-sex spouses.

Ground castor beans containing trace amounts of the poison ricin were found in two jars of baby food in California. The jars also contained notes referring to a local police officer.

A Muslim charity, the Holy Land Foundation, was charged by federal prosecutors with funneling $12.6 million over six years to Hamas, a group labeled a terrorist organization by the U.S. government.

Bob Edwards, former host of NPR's Morning Edition, signed to host a program on XM, a satellite subscription radio channel.

The Region

Colene Y. Daniel, a former Johns Hopkins Health System executive, was named head of Maryland General Hospital.

Federal prosecutors lodged criminal charges against four former executives at Columbia-based U.S. Foodservice in connection with a scheme to inflate earnings by more than $800 million.

Nearly a third of the seniors who received a diploma in June from Walbrook High Uniform Services Academy may not have met graduation requirements, and hundreds of other students may have been wrongly promoted to the next grade, city school officials said as police confiscated school records.

Maryland closed down Parkville-based Netcon & Earthkins Inc., the operator of group homes for the developmentally disabled, because of alleged substandard care.

Hundreds of passengers were stranded at Baltimore-Washington International airport when debt-ridden Ghana Airways suspended operations.

Last month went on record as the wettest July in 59 years with almost 9 inches of rain recorded at BWI.

An Allegany County grand jury cleared the staff of Western Correctional Institution of criminal charges in connection with the April 30 death of inmate Ifeanyi A. Iko, 50.

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