Daily Read Board - 24 JUN05
Military brass hit Kennedy for saying war is 'quagmire' - The nation's top military leaders clashed with Sen. Edward M. Kennedy yesterday, challenging his assertion that the Iraq war has descended into a Vietnam-like "quagmire."
General Says Iraq Insurgency Still Active - WASHINGTON (AP) - The Iraqi insurgency is as active as six months ago and more foreign fighters are flowing in all the time, the top U.S. commander in the Middle East said Thursday, despite Vice President Dick Cheney's insistence that the insurgency was "in its last throes."
House pushes Navy to buy more ships in 2006 - Amid mounting concerns that the domestic shipbuilding industry is taking heavy hits, House authorizers and appropriators have dramatically increased the Navy's ship buys for next year, helping to feed a sector that is becoming more anemic just as China pours billions into its fleet.
Iran Plans to Resume Uranium Enrichment - TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran will resume uranium enrichment activities at some point, no matter who wins the presidential runoff race, the Foreign Ministry spokesman said Friday.
Blix: Iran Years Away From Nuke Weapons - STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) - Former chief U.N. weapons inspector Hans Blix said Thursday it would take many years for Iran to achieve the capability to produce highly enriched uranium needed for an atomic bomb.
Iranians Pack Polls in Presidential Vote - TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iranians packed polling stations Friday in a tight presidential race between a moderate cleric who became the default choice for reformists and a hard-liner seeking to reclaim the values of the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Related: A Glance at Issues for Next Iran Leader | Main Duties, Powers of Iranian President
Iraq PM Says U.S. Forces Must Stay for Now - WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S.-led multinational force must stay in Iraq until Iraqi forces are fully prepared to defend the country by themselves, Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari said Thursday.
Sunni Arabs Endorse 15 for Iraq Committee - BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Iraq's Sunni Arabs endorsed a list of 15 men Thursday to represent the minority on a Shiite-dominated committee drafting the new constitution.
Rice Urges Syria on Securing Iraq Border - LONDON (AP) - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told Syria on Thursday to follow through on a pledge to secure its border with Iraq, pressing Damascus anew to help keep terrorists out of the war.
Groups Demand Lebanese President Resigns - BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) - The anti-Syrian coalition, fresh off its election victory, blamed Lebanon's president Thursday for the assassinations of several opponents of Damascus and demanded his resignation.
Two Thai Rubber Workers' Throats Slashed - BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) - Attackers in southern Thailand slashed the necks of a couple, almost severing their heads in the latest killings attributed to Islamic separatists in the region, police said Friday.
Armed Men Set Afghan Girls' School on Fire - PADKHWAI RAGHANI, Afghanistan (AP) - Armed men broke into a girls' school south of the Afghan capital and set it on fire, the latest attack on education for girls in the conservative country, officials said Thursday.
N. Korea Rebuffs Date for Nuclear Talks - SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - Top North Korean envoys declined to set a date for returning to international nuclear disarmament talks but returned home Friday with a pledge of food aid from Seoul and accords on resuming family reunions and other cooperation across their tense border.
U.S. Wants China to Pressure N. Korea - WASHINGTON (AP) - A senior Bush administration official suggested Thursday that China put economic pressure on North Korea to induce it to reopen nuclear weapons negotiations.
Italy Judge Orders Arrest of 13 CIA Agents - ROME (AP) - An Italian judge ordered the arrests of 13 people in the purported CIA abduction of an imam, who then was sent to Egypt, the Milan prosecutor's office said Friday.
Leaders of Europe's Socialist Parties Meet - VIENNA, Austria (AP) - Leaders of Europe's Socialist parties gathered in Vienna on Friday to assess the European Union's latest crisis and discuss how to strengthen ties between the bloc and its 450 million citizens.