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December 4, 2002
A peek in the palace
U.N. inspectors make a surprise visit to one of Saddam Hussein's residences of splendor.

Protests demand Aristide's ouster
PETIT-GOAVE, Haiti -- Police fired tear gas to break up demonstrations Tuesday by thousands of antigovernment demonstrators, as President Jean-Bertrand Aristide's supporters wielded whips and hurled rocks to drive away government opponents. At least 14 people were reported injured.

Bush's global warming posture draws criticism
WASHINGTON -- Bush administration officials mapped out a strategy Tuesday for researching climate change and its causes over the next five years -- studies that critics say are just a means to delay the toughest decisions on global warming until after President Bush leaves office.

Postal Service's security criticized
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Postal Service deposits totaling $65-billion a year are vulnerable to theft, robbery and mishandling because of inadequate security and failure to follow procedures, according to a report to Congress on Tuesday.

Papers tell of Boston abuse, coverups
BOSTON -- For more than 40 years, Catholic Church officials here overlooked abuse ranging from the molestation of girls studying to become nuns to drug use by priests with parish youth to homosexual rape, according to thousands of pages of confidential archdiocese documents made public Tuesday.

Official says cleric covered up sex abuse
PHOENIX -- Phoenix Bishop Thomas O'Brien once advised the family of a teenage boy who allegedly was sexually abused by a priest in 1979 and 1980 not to contact authorities, a prosecutor said Tuesday.

Nation in brief
Damages award in Ford case set aside

CIA can kill citizens aiding al-Qaida
WASHINGTON -- American citizens working for al-Qaida overseas can legally be targeted and killed by the CIA under President Bush's rules for the war on terrorism, U.S. officials say.

Saudi Arabia disputes terrorism allegations
WASHINGTON -- Saudi Arabia went on the diplomatic offensive Tuesday, announcing new measures to deny funds to terror groups and disputing allegations it has done a poor job in keeping the money out of terrorists' hands.

Iraqi boat trades fire with 2 Kuwaiti vessels
KUWAIT CITY -- An Iraqi vessel traded gunfire with two Kuwaiti coast guard boats Tuesday in northern Kuwaiti waters, near a border that has been tense but relatively peaceful since the 1991 Persian Gulf war.

Turkey -- sort of -- offers bases for strike on Iraq
ANKARA, Turkey -- Turkey's foreign minister said Tuesday that his country would allow the United States to use military bases in the country for a strike against Iraq, but his ministry later said that his comments were not a firm commitment.

Breast cancer risk found for some women
WASHINGTON -- Women with certain gene mutations have more than a 60 percent lifetime risk of developing breast cancer. Now a new study suggests the risk is even greater for these women if they used oral contraceptives at an early age or before 1975.

World in brief
95-year-old Palestinian is killed by soldiers

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