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February 9, 2003
CQ News: Midday
  • Pilot Programs on Cyberattack Data Should Be Expanded, Lawmakers Say
  • Iraq: Another Iraqi site opened to reporters
    SARGET, Iraq -- Ansar al-Islam, the militant Islamic group that occupies a small portion of northern Iraq, briefly opened access Saturday to a primitive military compound that the United States has described as a poisons and explosives factory that is supported by both Baghdad and al-Qaida.
    Annan touts U.N. as answer to Iraq issue
    WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan urged the United States on Saturday to work with other countries to avoid a new Persian Gulf war. He also warned Iraq that if it doesn't cooperate the U.N. could make "a grim choice."
    It's mostly quiet on the campus front
    NEW YORK -- The threat of war with Iraq has sparked debate on U.S. college campuses, but those conversations seem more likely to happen over a late-night pizza than at an antiwar demonstration.
    Rumsfeld has harsh words for allies, U.N.
    The secretary tells France and Germany their "inexcusable" actions make action against Iraq more likely.
    It's not just a job, it's an adventure
    Journalists preparing to cover the war start with military training.

    Shuttle Disaster: More questions than answers
    SPACE CENTER, Houston -- One week after the space shuttle Columbia broke apart as it streaked over Texas just minutes from home, NASA still has more questions than answers.
    A shared space mission, but worlds apart
    Kennedy and Johnson space centers work together, but have very different cultures.

    Death toll rises from Colombia club blast
    BOGOTA, Colombia -- Colombia's government blamed leftist rebels Saturday for a car bomb that ripped through an exclusive social club, killing 32 people, including six children, and injuring 162 in the worst terrorist attack in Bogota in more than a decade.

    Bethlehem Steel okays sale of mills to ISG
    PHILADELPHIA -- Bethlehem Steel's board voted unanimously Saturday to sell its mills to International Steel Group, a deal that could bring the once-mighty industrial giant out of bankruptcy and create the nation's largest steelmaker.

    Nation in brief: Couple held without bail in National Guard spy case
    SPOKANE, Wash. -- National Guard intelligence officer Rafael Davila admits he spent years bringing home secret and top-secret documents, stacking them in his basement and finally in a rented storage locker. He told the FBI he just wanted to read them.

    Washington journal: Intelligence report wrangling persists
    It has been nearly two months since the joint House-Senate investigation of pre-Sept. 11 intelligence failures completed its final report. And inquiry staff director Eleanor Hill is still wrangling with the administration over how much of the 800-page report can be made public.

    GOP still trying to finish budget
    WASHINGTON -- Republicans trying to reach final agreement on a compromise $390-billion package financing most federal agencies this year hope to push it through Congress this week.

    Fighting terror: Security tightens to head off possible threat
    NEW YORK -- Police stepped up security at airports, subways and hotels Saturday, one day after the nation was put on heightened terrorist alert and law enforcement officials indicated New York was a possible target.

    Arafat: Palestinians ready to talk
    JERUSALEM -- Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat -- shunned by the Israeli government for more than a year -- on Saturday welcomed the renewal of high-level contacts between the two sides and called for more talks.

    Lawyers' group urges death penalty changes
    SEATTLE -- Six years after urging a halt to executions, the American Bar Association is ready to issue states another challenge: fix shoddy defense systems for murder suspects.

    Obituaries of note

    Canada Report: Federal budget, with new health care deal, expected Feb. 18
    Canadians will learn about the country's financial state of affairs and whether tax cuts are planned when the federal budget is delivered this month.

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