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Iraq Has Government, Next Leader Declares
BAGHDAD, April 27 -- Prime Minister-designate Ibrahim Jafari ended three months of political paralysis Wednesday by announcing he had formed a government and would ask the newly elected National Assembly to approve it.
05/02/2005 06:02 AM
Italy Opens Its Own Probe of Agent's Slaying in Iraq
ROME, April 27 -- Dissatisfied with the results of a joint investigation with the United States, Italy on Wednesday began its own probe into the March 4 killing of one of its intelligence agents by U.S. troops in Baghdad.
05/02/2005 06:02 AM
Iraqi Legislator Slain, Underscoring Danger
BAGHDAD, April 27 -- After one attempt on her life, Lamia Abed Khadouri Sakri went underground, moving out of the home she shared with a brother who was crippled in the attack, colleagues say.
05/02/2005 06:02 AM
Iraqi Unit Brings Calm To a Rebel Stronghold
BAGHDAD -- The Iraqi platoon slips in darkness down a path from an abandoned rail yard to a cemetery in Haifa, a Baghdad district long notorious for insurgent ambushes.
05/02/2005 06:02 AM
Italian Premier Faces Uproar Over U.S. Probe of Iraq Slaying
ROME, April 26 -- Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi fended off opposition attacks Tuesday over reports that the U.S. military had absolved its soldiers of any blame in killing an Italian intelligence agent who had just rescued a hostage in Iraq.
05/02/2005 06:02 AM
Iraqi Leaders Give 6 Cabinet Posts to Sunnis
BAGHDAD, April 27 -- Iraq's new Kurdish and Shiite Arab political leaders agreed to a cabinet split Tuesday, giving six posts to the holdout Sunni Arab minority, top politicians involved in the negotiations said.
05/02/2005 06:02 AM
Pentagon Plays Down New Rise in Iraq Violence
Top Pentagon officials yesterday acknowledged a recent jump in insurgent violence in Iraq but described the escalation as nowhere near the peak levels of the past year and disputed suggestions that it represents a lack of progress.
05/02/2005 06:02 AM
Islamic Activists Sweep Saudi Council Elections
JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia, April 23 -- Saudi Arabia's limited 10-week experiment with electoral democracy ended here Saturday in a sweeping victory for slates of Islamic activists marketed as the "Golden List," who used grass-roots organizing, digital technology and endorsements from popular religious leaders to defeat their liberal and tribal rivals, even here in Jiddah, for decades Saudi Arabia's most diverse and business-driven city.
05/02/2005 06:02 AM
Targeting Value in Eastern Europe
Julian Mayo, whose Eastern European stock holdings have helped his mutual fund outperform all of his U.S. peers since 2000, bought shares of Turkish companies for the first time on optimism the country will join the European Union.
05/02/2005 06:02 AM
Iraqi Tips Lead to Arrest of 6 in Helicopter Downing
BAGHDAD, April 23 -- Assisted by tips from Iraqi civilians, U.S. soldiers on Saturday arrested six men suspected of shooting down a civilian helicopter carrying 11 people, including six American security contractors, U.S. military officials said.
05/02/2005 06:02 AM
Rights Groups Reject Prison Abuse Findings
Human rights groups expressed dismay yesterday over the Army's findings exonerating U.S. generals of prisoner abuse in Iraq, and renewed requests for an independent probe to examine the culpability of senior military and civilian defense officials.
05/02/2005 06:02 AM
Insurgent Violence Escalates in Iraq
Ambushes and kidnappings targeting Iraqis and foreigners have surged this month while the new government is caught up in power struggles over cabinet positions.
05/02/2005 06:02 AM
For Some, Seder Passes Over Home Cooking
The matzoh balls float in a peppery poblano broth. The chopped liver comes stuffed in jalapeqo peppers. The gefilte fish is fried and served on a squiggle of green sauce. Soft jazz plays in the background.
05/02/2005 06:02 AM
FBI to Fire Dissident Agent
The FBI has moved to fire a veteran agent who alleged that the bureau had mishandled domestic investigations of the Islamic Resistance Movement, also known as Hamas, the Palestinian group designated a terrorist organization by the U.S. government.
05/02/2005 06:02 AM
Car Bomb Kills Nine At Shiite Mosque
BAGHDAD, April 22 -- Worshipers gathered the remains of children from pools of blood on the tile floor of a Shiite Muslim mosque Friday after a bombing killed at least nine people in the latest fighting under an Iraqi leadership preoccupied with forming a new government.
05/02/2005 06:02 AM
Private Security Workers Living on Edge in Iraq
With more hired guns in Iraq than in any other U.S. conflict since the 1991 Persian Gulf War, armed contractors admit their role is cloudy and controversial.
05/02/2005 06:02 AM
Senior Army Officers Are Cleared in Abuse Cases
An Army inspector general's report has cleared senior Army officers of wrongdoing in the abuse of military prisoners in Iraq and elsewhere.
05/02/2005 06:02 AM
Army Soldier Is Convicted In Attack on Fellow Troops
An Army sergeant who wanted to stop U.S. troops from killing his fellow Muslims was convicted by a military jury yesterday of murdering two colleagues and wounding 14 other soldiers in a chaotic grenade and rifle attack two days after the United States invaded Iraq.
05/02/2005 06:02 AM
Insurgents Down Civilian Helicopter Near Iraqi Capital
BAGHDAD, April 21 -- Insurgents shot down a helicopter with a heat-seeking missile north of the Iraqi capital Thursday, killing all six American security contractors and five others on board, according to U.S. officials and insurgents.
05/02/2005 06:02 AM
Sectarian Strife Rises in Iraq
The bodies of 19 Iraqi soldiers were found piled in a soccer stadium in western Iraq. At the same time, police announced the discovery of 58 corpses, also suspected victims of insurgents, floating in the Tigris River.
05/02/2005 06:02 AM