Daily Read Board - 25JUN05
Bush rejects timetable for Iraq pullout - President Bush yesterday rejected calls from Congress to set a timetable for withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq, reassuring Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari that the United States will remain in the war-torn nation until the mission is complete.
Reshuffling the military - HONOLULU — The plan to realign U.S. military forces in Asia and the Pacific would enhance the roles of Hawaii and Guam, tighten the alliance with Japan and streamline the posture in South Korea.
Iraqi Police Find Eight Beheaded Bodies - BAQOUBA, Iraq (AP) - Iraqi security forces discovered the bodies of eight beheaded men Friday in two villages north of Baghdad, army officers said.
Ahmadinejad's Rise in Iran Spans Two Years - TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is the meteor of Iranian politics, rising from provincial governor to mayor of the capital and now to president - all in two years, backed by hardliners in the clerical regime.
President-Elect Wants Modern, Islamic Iran - TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - The winner of Iran's presidential election, whose landslide victory dealt a setback to reformers, said Saturday he seeks to make his country a "modern, advanced, powerful, and Islamic" model for the world.
Radical Islamists Cheer Hardliner's Win - JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) - Indonesian radical Islamists cheered the news that a hardliner had won Iran's presidential election, while Muslims in Pakistan said the victory was the response to a U.S. foreign policy that has bolstered Islamic extremism in the region.
Terrorists in Iraq seen from Africa - Military officials say close to a quarter of foreign fighters captured in Iraq come from northern Africa, validating fears that ungoverned swaths of the continent are serving as both a pipeline and safe haven for Islamist radicals.
France joins U.S. on Syria demands - LONDON -- France joined the United States yesterday in calling for a firm stance against Syrian involvement in Lebanon, where Washington says Damascus' intelligence services are still active and plotting against anti-Syrian figures.
Anti-terror stand firm despite attack - An attack in Mauritania by Islamic terrorists this month has not diminished the West African nation's commitment to stand alongside Washington and others in the global fight against terrorism, the country's ambassador to the United States said.
Putin Amendment May Allow Third Term - MOSCOW (AP) - Lawmakers are considering an electoral amendment next week that could open the way for President Vladimir Putin to run for a third term, prompting the opposition to accuse his supporters of trying to cling to power.
World opinion of America in slow recovery - International opinion of the United States is slowly recovering from the lows recorded after the 2003 invasion of Iraq, a new poll shows, but most Western nations have a more favorable image of China than America.
Hong Kong Leader Seeks to Rebuild Trust - HONG KONG (AP) - Hong Kong's new leader on Saturday pledged to rebuild trust in the government, a day after he was sworn into office in Beijing in the first leadership change since Britain returned the territory to China eight years ago.
African Union Sidesteps Zimbabwe Situation - HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) - The African Union on Friday sidestepped international demands to act against a so-called urban renewal campaign in Zimbabwe that has left as many as 1.5 million people homeless, while President Robert Mugabe defiantly congratulated police on the operation.
U.N. to Boost Troop Levels in Ivory Coast - UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The U.N. Security Council voted Friday to send more peacekeepers to Ivory Coast in an attempt to get the West African country's peace process back on track, while the country's president said the rebels should make the first move toward peace.