News From The Front 11/26/04

Iraq / Afghanistan
U.S. Sends in Secret Weapon: Saddam's Old Commandos

Reuters - 2 hours, 55 minutes ago
Twenty months after toppling Saddam Hussein, U.S. troops still battling his followers in the heart of Iraq's old arms industry are hitting back with a new weapon -- ex-members of Saddam's special forces

Calls for Iraq Poll Delay Fuel Tension
Reuters - 1 hour, 11 minutes ago
Iraq's main Shi'ite parties insisted on Saturday that elections should go ahead on Jan. 30 as planned, rejecting mounting calls from Sunni and secular politicians to postpone the polls because of guerrilla violence.

Iraq Determined to Keep Election Date
AP - 2 hours, 17 minutes ago
Prime Minister Ayad Allawi's spokesman said Saturday the government was determined to hold the Jan. 30 elections on time despite calls by Sunni Muslim politicians to delay the balloting for six months because of deteriorating security

Guerrillas Attack U.S., Iraqi Forces North of Baghdad
Reuters - Sat Nov 27, 7:09 AM ET
Guerrillas attacked a U.S.-Iraqi base, a police station and a National Guard post in the town of Khalis north of Baghdad on Saturday but were driven back by U.S. and Iraqi forces, witnesses and the U.S. army said

Abizaid pays Thanksgiving Day visit to troops in Afghanistan
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AFP) - The top US commander in the region made a Thanksgiving Day visit to an army brigade in Afghanistan that lost two soldiers the day before in a roadside bombing in southern Oruzgan province.

Deadly Afghan Blast Follows Hostage Drama

KABUL, Afghanistan - A bomb ripped through a U.S. patrol in southern Afghanistan (news - web sites) on Wednesday, killing two American soldiers and wounding another, a reminder of the country's insecurity after a newly resolved hostage drama.

Question of the Day

(Is it just me or Bush has been eating too much stuffing ? -- law)

Election Woes
Ukraine Parliament Calls Election Invalid
AP - 1 hour, 37 minutes ago
Ukraine's parliament on Saturday declared invalid the disputed presidential election that triggered a week of growing street protests and legal maneuvers, raising the possibility that a new vote could be held in this former Soviet republic

Other News
Pope Returns Relics of Orthodox Saints

Pope John Paul II, seeking to heal rifts with other Christians, on Saturday handed over the relics of two Orthodox saints that were brought to Rome from ancient Constantinople centuries ago

Resource Hungry China Makes Big Push Into Africa
Reuters - Fri Nov 26, 8:13 AM ET
Crumbling sport stadiums still stand in many African capitals, the enduring symbols of China's Cold War courtship of the world's poorest continent during the 1960s and 1970s. Now the Chinese are back in Africa, promoting business deals and strengthening diplomatic alliances in a strategic push that analysts say marks sharp new competition for the continent's rich resources. From west African oil fields, where Chinese companies rub shoulders with Western multinationals, to central African mines, Beijing's Africa outreach is raising eyebrows in some Western capitals which sense a serious new player on the continent.

"The China Price"
BusinessWeek Online - Fri Nov 26, 4:00 PM ET
..the U.S.-China Economic & Security Review Commission, a congressionally appointed panel, convened.. to discuss power but decline. One after another, economists, union officials, and small manufacturers took the microphone to describe the devastation Chinese competitors are inflicting on U.S

Colombian Rebels Planned to Kill President Bush
Reuters - 16 minutes ago
President Bush was targeted for assassination by Colombia's biggest Marxist rebel group this week when he visited the Caribbean port city of Cartagena, a top Colombian official said on Saturday

New W Order
U.S. Won't Attend Conference on Land Mines
The United States will not attend a major review conference next week about a 1997 international treaty on land mines because of the cost of participation and disagreement with crucial elements of the pact.

Superbug widespread in Irish hospitals: report
The anti-biotic resistant superbug MRSA is widespread in many Irish hospitals according to a report issued by the country's National Disease Surveillance Centre

Flu Pandemic Inevitable, Plans Needed Urgently -WHO
Every country in the world must come up urgently with a plan to deal with an inevitable influenza pandemic likely to be triggered by the bird flu virus that hit Asia this year, a top global health expert said on Friday.

FDA Reviews When Bayer Revealed Drug Risks
In a move that could lead to a criminal investigation, the government is checking its records to determine if drug maker Bayer AG was forthcoming about safety concerns with its cholesterol-lowering Baycol drug that surfaced within months of it hitting the market.

Audit: Halliburton Lost Track of Property
A third or more of the government property Halliburton Co. was paid to manage for the U.S.-led Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq could not be located by auditors, investigative reports to Congress show.

Bush Calls on Americans to Volunteer, Give
President Bush issued a holiday-season call on Americans to volunteer and give to charity — "to share our blessings with the least among us." He singled out for special praise those who have given time and energy to U.S. troops stationed around the world


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