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March 29, 2003
[an error occurred while processing this directive] Iraq: Report: Bechtel is in running for rebuilding
WASHINGTON -- The Bechtel Group has emerged as one of the top two contenders for the major contract to reconstruct Iraq, the New York Times reports, quoting unnamed people involved in the bidding.

Iraq: France insists it desires U.S. win
PARIS -- France's government angrily insisted Friday that it hopes U.S.-led forces win the war in Iraq, signaling fear in Paris that its image as an untrustworthy friend could seriously damage long-term relations with Washington.

Iraq: Bickering over U.N.'s role extends into postwar Iraq
WASHINGTON -- The United States and Britain stand shoulder to shoulder in fighting the war, but President Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair have distinctly different views of how to deal with Iraq once the shooting stops.

Iraq: Iraqis cope with war, or prepare for it
In Baghdad, another explosion killed civilians, and the Iraqis blamed it on coalition forces, which said they are studying reports. In the north, Kurds improvised gas masks, and opposition leaders urged Iraqis to prepare for a revolt against Saddam Hussein.

Iraq: E-mail provides sense of comfort for military families
Ondria Sanders-McDonald doesn't know exactly where the Army has stationed her brother in the Middle East, or what dangers he faces during the war with Iraq.

Iraq: Bombs pound Iraqi targets from the air
The air war intensified Friday with earth-shattering power, but the ground war bogged down, slowed by the zeal of Iraqi resistance fighters and the mud of northern Iraq.

Iraq: U.S. forces break siege in holy city of Najaf
OUTSIDE NAJAF, Iraq -- With fire on the city's western end casting dark, oily smoke into the night sky, American forces prepared this morning to move deeper into Najaf, one of Saddam Hussein's key strongholds south of Baghdad.

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Humanitarian aid arrives

Dispatch from the 101st: Near firefight is no place for car repairs
WITH U.S. FORCES NEAR NAJAF, Iraq -- Chief Warrant Officer 2 Alfred G. Bermea had news, and it wasn't good: A ball joint on the back tire of a Humvee packed with ammo had blown.

FBI wants 10 new world offices to help fight terrorism
WASHINGTON -- The FBI plans to open offices in Kabul, Jakarta and eight other foreign capitals as part of a decadelong overseas expansion that officials say is crucial to meet the global threat of al-Qaida and other terrorist groups.

Report touts 'race-neutral' college admissions policy
WASHINGTON -- As Supreme Court arguments near, the Bush administration is aggressively encouraging schools to avoid race-based admissions programs like those at the University of Michigan, which it contends are unconstitutional.

Long-ago molestation case tests statute of limitations
SAN FRANCISCO -- An elderly man accused of molesting two daughters nearly 50 years ago, creating a home life so dysfunctional that his two sons became molesters themselves, is at the center of a Supreme Court challenge that could affect cases nationwide.

Hijacker surrenders after plane diverted to Greece
ATHENS, Greece -- A hijacker saying he was armed with explosives commandeered a domestic Turkish flight late Friday and forced it to land in Greece. He surrendered hours later and more than 200 people aboard were freed unharmed, officials said.

World in brief: Powell rejects S. Korean official's call for a Nixon-like initiative
WASHINGTON -- President Richard Nixon's dramatic opening to China three decades ago could serve as a model for a similar initiative by the Bush administration with North Korea, South Korea's top diplomat said Friday.

Leaders duke it out -- on video game
CARACAS, Venezuela -- Wham! President Hugo Chavez delivers a jarring left to opposition leader Carlos Ortega. Pow! Ortega recovers with a blow to the groin. Crowds cheer as a police helicopter hovers.

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