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March 30 2005
 

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Romanian abductees shown in tape in Iraq
Swissinfo – Switzerland
… “I think we are not dealing with regular bandits. unwaveringly supported the war in Iraq, providing logistical support and troops. …

www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2005-03-30-medal-honor_x.htm
Valor in Iraq earns Medal of Honor
USA Today – USA
By Deborah Sharp, USA TODAY. Sgt. 1st Class Paul Ray Smith of Tampa left his wife and two children to go to the war in Iraq. At 33 …

www.theage.com.au/news/Breaking-News/Iraq-casualty-
makes-last-flight-home/2005/03/31/1111862522122.html

Iraq casualty makes last flight home
Age (subscription) – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
Australia’s first military casualty of the Iraq conflict has been flown home aboard an RAAF aircraft whose crew wanted the honour of carrying their former …

www.theage.com.au/news/Iraq/Child-malnutrition-soars
-in-Iraq/2005/03/31/1111862507677.html

Child malnutrition soars in Iraq
Age (subscription) – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
The war in Iraq and its aftermath had almost doubled malnutrition rates among many Iraqi children, a United Nations specialist on hunger told the world’s major …

finance.news.com.au/story/0,10166,12710836-31037,00.html
Iraq wheat contract ‘not suspended’
NEWS.com.au – Australia
THE nation’s wheat marketer, the AWB, today rejected reports that Australia’s contract to export one million tonnes of wheat to Iraq had been suspended. …

www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle.asp?xfile=data/focusoniraq/
2005/March/focusoniraq_March145.xml&section=focusoniraq

Iraq parliament chaos exposes deep rifts amid new violence
Khaleej Times – Dubai,United Arab Emirates
But in a sign of growing tensions, the US State Department acknowledged Wednesday that a US citizen had been taken hostage earlier this week in Iraq along with …

QUESTIONS linger after Annan cleared in Iraq probe
Financial Express – Bombay,India
UNITED NATIONS, MARCH 30: Questions raised by a probe of the UN oil-for-food
program for Iraq may have given critics more ammunition against the world
body …
www.financialexpress.com/fe_full_story.php?content_id=86585

IRAQ’S Leaders Seek Way Out of Deadlock on Govt.
ABC News – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq’s quarrelsome politicians went back to the drawing
board Wednesday to try and form a government after failing even to appoint
a …
abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=625587

ROMANIANS abductees shown in tape in Iraq
Swissinfo – Switzerland
… along with the three Romanian journalists kidnapped in Iraq on Monday.”.
Romanian journalists,” Pike said. He declined to give any further information.

www.swissinfo.org/sen/swissinfo.html?siteSect=143&sid=5642252

VALOR in Iraq earns Medal of Honor
USA Today – USA
By Deborah Sharp, USA TODAY. Sgt. 1st Class Paul Ray Smith of Tampa left
his wife and two children to go to the war in Iraq. At 33 …
www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2005-03-30-medal-honor_x.htm

GUNMEN Target Pilgrims to Major Iraq Religious Festival
Scotsman – UK
Gunmen fired on more Shiite Muslim pilgrims making their way to a major
religious festival in southern Iraq, killing one person and fuelling fears
that …
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2005-03-31T014602Z_01_CHA106336_RTRUKOC_0_IRAQ-ROMANIANS-USA.xml

US citizen kidnapped in Iraq
Reuters.uk – UK
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A US citizen was kidnapped in Iraq on Monday along with three Romanian journalists, the US State Department has said. …

abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=627302
Gunmen Fire on Shiite Pilgrims in Iraq
ABC News – USA
Iraqis gather around a burned car after an insurgent attack in Mosul, Iraq Wednesday, March 30, 2005. Four insurgents got out of …

www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200503/s1335096.htm
AWB denies Iraq wheat contract suspended
ABC Online – Australia
The Australian Wheat Board (AWB) has denied its million tonne wheat contract with Iraq has been suspended but that no decisions on future contracts will be …

news.xinhuanet.com/english/2005-03/31/content_2765869.htm
Large American troop withdrawal from Iraq depends on reduced …
Xinhua – China
WASHINGTON, March 30 (Xinhuanet) — US commanders could recommend a significant reduction of American troops in Iraq if violence is low through the remaining …

www.financialexpress.com/fe_full_story.php?content_id=86585
Questions linger after Annan cleared in Iraq probe
Financial Express – Bombay,India
UNITED NATIONS, MARCH 30: Questions raised by a probe of the UN oil-for-food program for Iraq may have given critics more ammunition against the world body …

news.xinhuanet.com/english/2005-03/31/content_2765768.htm
Al-Jazeera shows video of Romanian journalists kidnapped in Iraq
Xinhua – China
CAIRO, March 30 (Xinhuanet) — The pan-Arab satellite channel al-Jazeera on Wednesday showed a videotape of three Romanian journalists kidnapped in Iraq. …

www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/meast/03/30/iraq.main/
Iraq attacks aimed at US forces
CNN – USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — Insurgents targeting US forces killed seven civilians Wednesday, police said, during attacks in the northern city of Mosul and the Iraqi …

news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4395525.stm
Children ‘starving’ in new Iraq
BBC News – E,UK
Increasing numbers of children in Iraq do not have enough food to eat and more than a quarter are chronically undernourished, a UN report says. …

www.nytimes.com/2005/03/30/international/middleeast/30cnd-iraq.html
Insurgents in Iraq Launch Attacks on Shiite Pilgrims and School
New York Times – USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq, March 30 – A car bomb exploded outside a primary school west of Baghdad today, killing a guard, as insurgents launched attacks on pilgrims …

www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200503/s1334822.htm
Iraq suspends Australian wheat deal
ABC Online – Australia
Iraqi trade Minister says Iraq has suspended a contract to buy one million tonnes of Australian wheat after Australian officials made remarks that suggested …

www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_31-3-2005_pg4_8
Powell says US was ‘too loud’ over Iraq
Daily Times – Pakistan
BERLIN: The United States made errors in presenting its case for war against Iraq, but Saddam Hussein had to be removed, former US Secretary of State Colin …

news.xinhuanet.com/english/2005-03/30/content_2765671.htm
US working with Romania on release of abductees in Iraq
Xinhua – China
… The US government is working closely with Romania to try to secure the release of three Romanian journalists and a US citizen kidnapped in Iraq, visiting US …

www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4902147,00.html
Expert: Malnutrition Affects Iraq Kids
Guardian – UK
… led invasion toppled Saddam Hussein, a hunger specialist told the UN human rights body Wednesday in a summary of previously reported studies on health in Iraq. …

abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=626309
Gunmen Attack Iraq Checkpoint, Killing 6
ABC News – USA
An Iraqi flag waves over Shiite worshipers crowding into Karbala, Iraq, Wednesday, March 30, 2005, during the ritual morning in Karbala, Iraq, Wednesday, March …

news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4394455.stm
Iraq MPs regroup to break impasse
BBC News – E,UK
… Adnan al-Janabi, a minister of state close to interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi, said Iraq’s Transitional Administrative Law (TAL), the so-called “interim …

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2005/03/
30/uinterrog.xml&sSheet=/portal/2005/03/30/ixportaltop.html

Iraq interrogation techniques exposed
Telegraph.co.uk – UK
General Ricardo Sanchez, then senior commander of US forces in Iraq, approved 29 interrogation techniques when he signed the document in Sept 2003 . …

informationweek.com/story/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=159907951
Content Management Added To Iraq Military Portal
Information Week – USA
The US military deploys Xythos Software’s WebFile Server to improve the ability of soliders stationed in Iraq to share information. By Larry Greenemeier. …

www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/
JPArticle/ShowFull&cid=1112152821948

Romania working to free journalists in Iraq
Jerusalem Post – Israel
President Traian Basescu said Wednesday that authorities were working in Romania and abroad to try to free three Romanian journalists kidnapped in Iraq. …

abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=625914
Powell: US Too Blustery Before Iraq War
ABC News – USA
… Former Secretary of State Colin Powell said the Bush administration was sometimes “too blustery” in its rhetoric during the buildup to the Iraq war, but he …

abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=625587
Iraq’s Leaders Seek Way Out of Deadlock on Govt.
ABC News – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq’s quarrelsome politicians went back to the drawing board Wednesday to try and form a government after failing even to appoint a …

www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2005/03/30/national/w050735S04.DTL
US Holds About 10,500 Prisoners in Iraq
San Francisco Chronicle – USA
… Writer. The United States is holding about 10,500 prisoners in Iraq, more than double the number held in October, the military says. …

www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2005/03/30/MNGN6C0J9S1.DTL
Boxer wants deadline for leaving Iraq
San Francisco Chronicle – USA
Barbara Boxer, back from a visit to Iraq, called on President Bush Tuesday to set a deadline for pulling US troops out of that country and letting the Iraqis …

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RT1-CRO-0-NF82&page=0&id=agionline-eng.italyonline

IRAQ: TROOP REDUCTION WAS ON AGENDA-BERLUSCONI
Agenzia Giornalistica Italia – Italy
(AGI) – Reggio Calabria, March 30 – A reduction of troops present in Iraq by the end of the day “is on the agenda,” and the controversies caused by the …

www.newkerala.com/news-daily/news/features.php?action=fullnews&id=91905
Iraq to import electricity from Egypt and Jordan
New Kerala – Ernakulam,Kerala,India
[World News] Nicosia, Mar.30 : The Iraqi Electro Company, a private company in Iraq, has reached preliminary agreement with the National Electric Company of …
Annan vows truth in Iraq oil-for-food scandal
Hindustan Times – India
… Annan has vowed to clear the name of the United Nations after a new report found serious wrongdoing by the head of the former UN oil-for-food programme in Iraq …

www.suntimes.com/output/iraq/cst-nws-iraq30.html
Much yelling, no progress for Iraq government
Chicago Sun-Times – USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — In a chaotic session marred by shouting, finger-pointing and walkouts by Iraq’s top leaders, the new parliament failed Tuesday to choose a …

breakingnews.iol.ie/news/story.asp?j=138245390&p=y38z46x96
US officer says killing injured Iraq was ‘honourable’
Ireland Online – Ireland
A US army tank company commander told his court-martial today that his shooting of an unarmed Iraqi wounded in a chase was “honourable” and “the right …

sify.com/news/fullstory.php?id=13705556
Iraq parliament chaos exposes deep rifts
Sify – India
Iraq’s ethnic and religious groups were huddled in meetings as they attempted to resuscitate a political process that has become deadlocked two months after …

www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/ArticleNews/TPStory/
LAC/20050330/WORLD30-2/TPInternational/Africa

Top soldier in Iraq okayed illegal methods, ACLU says
Globe and Mail – Canada
Washington — The former top US military chief in Iraq authorized the use of illegal techniques during interrogations, the American Civil Liberties Union said …

www.aljazeera.com/cgi-bin/news_service/middle_east_full_story.asp?service_id=7769
ACLU: US commander in Iraq authorized abusive interrogation …
Aljazeera.com – London,UK
The former US army chief in Iraq authorized tough techniques to intimidate detainees during interrogations, including using guard dogs and placing prisoners in …

seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2002224337_medal30.html
First Medal of Honor for Iraq war to be given
Seattle Times – USA
The first Medal of Honor awarded for service in Iraq will be presented next Monday, White House spokesman Scott McClellan announced yesterday. Sgt. …

www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/world/11262134.htm
Marine killed in Iraq
Kansas City Star – MO,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — A US Marine was killed in a nonhostile incident in Iraq, the military said Tuesday. The Marine, assigned to the …

www.freep.com/news/nw/iraq30e_20050330.htm
Tension gets in way of forming Iraq government
Detroit Free Press – USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — In a chaotic session marred by shouting and finger-pointing, the new parliament failed Tuesday to choose a speaker, and some leaders said that …

www.zaman.com/?bl=hotnews&alt=&trh=20050330&hn=17982
Rumsfeld Clarifies He Did not Accuse Turkey over Iraq
Zaman Online – Istanbul,Turkey
By Anadolu News Agency (aa). US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has said that he did not accuse Turkey of refusing to allow …

www.indystar.com/articles/9/233122-8009-010.html
Annan cleared in Iraq inquiry
Indianapolis Star – USA
… UNITED NATIONS — An investigation into the UN oil-for-food program in Iraq has found no evidence that UN Secretary General Kofi Annan improperly influenced …

www.telegraphindia.com/1050330/asp/foreign/story_4551031.asp
Iraq democracy goes under cover
Calcutta Telegraph – Calcutta,India
Within minutes of the start of Iraq’s second session of parliament today the meeting was suddenly declared secret and journalists were kicked out after …

www.nzherald.co.nz/index.cfm?c_id=2&ObjectID=10117822
Memo shows US inmate interrogation plans in Iraq
New Zealand Herald – New Zealand
WASHINGTON – The top US commander in Iraq authorised prisoner interrogation tactics more harsh than accepted army practice, including using guard dogs to …

www.nytimes.com/2005/03/30/international/middleeast/30oil.html
Panel Says Annan Didn’t Intervene in Iraq Contract
New York Times – USA
UNITED NATIONS, March 29 – The commission investigating the oil-for-food program in Iraq reported Tuesday that Secretary General Kofi Annan had not influenced …

www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1043129,00.html
A Power Vacuum in Iraq?
TIME – USA
… embarrassing spectacle. But the reason for the deadlock is not simply a failure of Iraq’s elected leaders to achieve consensus. The …

www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/
2005/March/middleeast_March815.xml&section=middleeast

No deal on Iraq govt yet
Khaleej Times – Dubai,United Arab Emirates
BAGHDAD — Iraq’s parliament erupted in acrimony at only its second sitting on Tuesday and journalists were thrown out after lawmakers berated leaders for …

www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200503/s1334282.htm
Downer admits meeting Iraq weapons official
ABC Online – Australia
Foreign Affairs Minister Alexander Downer has confirmed he met an Australian official from the Iraq Survey Group (ISG) who allegedly warned him of politically …

www.swissinfo.org/sen/swissinfo.html?siteSect=143&sid=5639028
US Iraq interrogations planned high up
Swissinfo – Switzerland
… Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, then the senior commander in Iraq, was released. … Sanchez authorised unlawful interrogation techniques for use in Iraq, and in. …

www.nytimes.com/2005/03/30/international/middleeast/30iraq.html
Delay Possible on Iraq Charter as Talks Falter
New York Times – USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq, March 29 – A meeting of the Iraqi national assembly fell apart along ethnic and sectarian lines Tuesday after members began hurling angry …

www.usatoday.com/news/world/iraq/2005-03-29-abrams-tank-a_x.htm
Tanks take a beating in Iraq
USA Today – USA
… But since the March 2003 invasion of Iraq, with tanks in daily combat against the unexpectedly fierce insurgency, the Army says 80 of the 69-ton behemoths have …

www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/politics/11261111.htm
President, first lady promote emerging democracies in Afghanistan …
Kansas City Star – MO,USA
… lady Laura Bush to Afghanistan to promote women’s rights while President Bush used a Rose Garden address to extol “freedom on the march” in Iraq and beyond. …

www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,151872,00.html
Amputee Soldier Returns to Changed Iraq
FOX News – USA
… Sgt. Kofi Antwi, a 13-year Army veteran who was serving with the 1st Regiment, 7th Cavalry (search), before being wounded in Iraq. …

PANEL Says Annan Didn’t Intervene in Iraq Contract
New York Times – USA
UNITED NATIONS, March 29 – The commission investigating the oil-for-food
program in Iraq reported Tuesday that Secretary General Kofi Annan had
not influenced …
www.nytimes.com/2005/03/30/international/middleeast/30oil.html

A Power Vacuum in Iraq?
TIME – USA
… embarrassing spectacle. But the reason for the deadlock is not simply
a failure of Iraq’s elected leaders to achieve consensus. The …
www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1043129,00.html

THREE Romanian journalists kidnapped in Iraq
Jerusalem Post – Israel
… said Tuesday in a development that could test the resolve of President
Traian Basescu, whose administration recently dispatched an extra 100
troops to Iraq. …
www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull&cid=1112066448685

DOWNER admits meeting Iraq weapons official
ABC Online – Australia
Foreign Affairs Minister Alexander Downer has confirmed he met an Australian
official from the Iraq Survey Group (ISG) who allegedly warned him of
politically …
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200503/s1334282.htm

US Iraq interrogations planned high up
Swissinfo – Switzerland
… Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, then the senior commander in Iraq, was released.
… Sanchez authorised unlawful interrogation techniques for use in Iraq,
and in. …
www.swissinfo.org/sen/swissinfo.html?siteSect=143&sid=5639028

abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=624424
Iraq Lawmakers Fail to Agree on Speaker
ABC News – USA
… an Iraqi family drives away with their possession after they were evicted from a former Iraqi government residential complex in Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, March 29 …

wireservice.wired.com/wired/story.asp?section=Breaking&storyId=1011255&tw=wn_wire_story
Iraq Government Deadlock Sparks Parliament Fury
Wired News – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq’s parliament erupted in acrimony at only its second sitting on Tuesday and journalists were thrown out after legislators berated …

www.swissinfo.org/sen/swissinfo.html?siteSect=143&sid=5638710
Bush urges compromise in Iraq parliament
Swissinfo – Switzerland
By Steve Holland. WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President George W. Bush has predicted that Iraq’s parliament will choose a new. three decades …

  
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