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THE WEEK THAT WAS

The World

Iraqis in the British-controlled southern town of Basra rioted over lack of electricity and gasoline. A British solder was later killed and two others injured by a bomb.

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U.S. forces in Afghanistan mistakenly killed two Pakistani border guards while pursuing suspected Taliban troops.

A 16-year-old Israeli was killed by an antiaircraft shell fired by Hezbollah troops in southern Lebanon. Israeli warplanes then struck suspected Hezbollah positions.

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Israeli troops killed Islamic Jihad leader Mohammed Sidr in a gunbattle in Hebron.

Record heat continued to grip Europe.

Hambali, an Indonesian who is said to be the top al-Qaida figure in Southeast Asia, and the man behind the bombing in Bali last year that killed 202, was captured in Thailand, U.S. officials said.

A bus bombing in southern Afghanistan killed 15, including six children, on the day that 20 people were killed in fighting between Taliban soldiers and government troops in the east, and two university students died in Kabul when a bomb they were constructing exploded.

A U.S. soldier was killed and two were wounded in a bomb attack 12 miles north of Baghdad. Another soldier died, and a second was wounded when their vehicle struck a homemade bomb near Tikrit.

One Iraqi died when U.S. troops fired into a Baghdad crowd during a protest after soldiers on a helicopter tore an Islamic banner from a tower. U.S. officials said the force of the helicopter's rotors blew down the banner and issued an apology.

About 200 additional U.S. troops were sent to Liberia to aid West African peacekeeping troops. Rebels in Monrovia agreed to open the port.

The Nation

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Herb Brooks, coach of the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team that defeated the Soviet Union in a stunning upset, died in a car crash at age 66.

Utah Gov. Michael O. Leavitt was nominated by President Bush to lead the Environmental Protection Agency.

California officials estimated that its gubernatorial recall election will cost the cash-strapped state $66 million.

Fox News Network sued comic writer Al Franken for using its copyrighted slogan "fair and balanced" in the title of his new book - Lies and Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right.

The Federal Reserve decided to leave the key federal interest rate at 1 percent, a 45-year low.

A British arms dealer, Hemant Lakhani, was charged in New Jersey with selling a surface-to-air missile to federal agents posing as terrorists.

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The Treasury Department sent letters to U.S. citizens who went to Iraq as human shields before the war, informing them that spending money in that nation was a crime that could be punished by 12 years in prison and $275,000 in civil penalties.

Financier Warren Buffett and former Secretary of State George Shultz signed on as advisers to Arnold Schwarzenegger's campaign for California governor.

The chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court said he would defy a federal order to remove a monument to the Ten Commandments that he had installed in the judicial building.

A Justice Department investigation concluded that lax security in the FBI helped Robert Hanssen continue his espionage for the Soviet Union for more than 20 years.

A report by the National Academy of Sciences recommended more study before introducing Asian oysters into the Chesapeake Bay to replenish the oyster population, which has been depleted by parasites.

President Bush said current tax cuts appear to be helping the economy recover, and he does not plan more reductions.

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The Region

Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley began running two 30-second television advertisements, promoting his candidacy in the September primary.

The NCAA placed the University of Maryland's football program on one-year probation as punishment for an assistant coach giving a recruit from Gilman School $335.

Maryland will stop giving state employees up to a $600 401(k) matching payment to save about $20 million.

A model airplane built by retired Johns Hopkins engineer Maynard L. Hill, with a guidance system designed by Columbia resident Joe Foster, successfully flew across the Atlantic Ocean.

Federal prosecutors subpoenaed records from CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield in an investigation into the insurer's unsuccessful attempt to convert to a for-profit operation.

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Commission gave Maryland officials permission to shoot another 525 mute swans to reduce the population of the bird whose eating habits are deemed detrimental to the Chesapeake Bay's aquatic grasses.

In the first release of campaign finances, Mayor Martin O'Malley had $2 million on hand for the September primary, while opponent Andrey Bundley had $23,000.

St. John's College in Annapolis received the largest gift in its history, $10 million from financier Ronald H. Fielding.

After a tearful courtroom apology for the killing of a Virginia couple in Ocean City last year, Erika Sifrit was sentenced to life plus 20 years for her first-degree murder conviction.

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"I will always remember you wherever I am, and I say, God willing, I will be back."

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Charles Taylor, in resigning, under rebel pressure, as president of Liberia


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