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THE WEEK THAT WAS

The World

In less than 12 hours, a pipeline supplying most of Baghdad's water was blown up, a huge fire that was set disrupted an oil pipeline and a mortar attack on a prison killed six Iraqis and wounded 59 others.

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A U.S. soldier was killed by an explosive in Baghdad and two others were wounded when their convoy was attacked near Tikrit.

A Palestinian cameraman working for Reuters news agency in Iraq was shot to death by U.S. troops.

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Fourteen European tourists were released after being held hostage in the desert for a half-year by Islamic militants in Algeria.

Liberian government officials and rebels signed a peace accord ending the three-year civil war that has drawn U.S. troops to the country. Businessman Gyude Bryant was selected to oversee the two-year power-sharing they agreed upon.

The U.S. military announced the capture of another of Saddam Hussein's top henchmen, Ali Hassan al Majid, a cousin of Hussein, known as "Chemical Ali," who was No. 5 on the Pentagon's most-wanted list.

Secretary of State Colin L. Powell said the United States wanted a new United Nations that could call on countries to send more troops to Iraq, but he made clear that Washington will not relinquish any control over the military force in the country.

France's director general for health, the equivalent of surgeon general of the United States, resigned after more than 5,000 deaths in the country were blamed on the heat wave that struck France and much of the rest of Europe.

A Moroccan court sentenced four men to death for their part in a bombing that killed more than 30 people.

A Brazilian farmer, 39, went to a clinic in Monte Claros because of an earache and ended up having a vasectomy after mistakenly believing that the doctor had called his name.

Gyude Bryant, a 54-year-old businessman with a modest political record, was the surprise choice to head the interim government in Liberia.

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A U.S. soldier was killed during a combat operation and another wounded by a bomb in Afghanistan.

The Argentine congress approved revocation of 15-year-old amnesty laws that have prevented prosecution of military officers for acts of violent political oppression during the 1976-1983 dictatorship

The Nation

Kathy Boudin, the '60s radical member of the Weather Underground who served 22 years in prison for an armored car holdup in which three men were killed in Rockland County, N.Y., in 1981, was granted parole.

More than 160 Roman Catholic priests in the Milwaukee Archdiocese petitioned the church to admit married men to the priesthood.

A New Jersey postal worker was charged in the deaths of his two boys. He is accused of leaving them in a sport utility vehicle with the windows closed.

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A crane struck an overhead power line in Telford, Pa., at a concrete plant, electrocuting the crane operator and two co-workers who tried to save him.

Most Americans think teachers aren't paid enough, and support for school voucher programs is in decline, according to the 35th annual poll conducted by the Gallup Organization and Phi Delta Kappa International, a professional group that advocates for public education.

A ruptured pipeline in Arizona forced thousands of drivers into round-the-block lines at gasoline stations.

U.S. Rep. Bill Janklow, a major force in South Dakota politics, allegedly ran a stop sign at a rural intersection and killed a motorcycle rider. According to state police, the former Republican governor was exceeding the speed limit.

Craig Pritchert and Nova Guthrie, wanted for a two-year, $500,000 bank robbery spree in the Southwest, were arrested in Cape Town, South Africa.

The Region

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William Hyde, 62, a former Carroll County schools superintendent, was found guilty of raping and molesting a girl.

The Maryland School Assessment program listed 131 elementary and middle schools - 76 in Baltimore - as failing state standards, but said 13 schools improved enough to be taken off the list.

Mute swans, blamed by Maryland wildlife officials for eating too much of the grass that serves as a habitat for fish, crabs and other creatures, got a stay of execution until Sept. 2 from a federal judge seeking information in a suit to stop the official shooting of 525 swans.

A former Baltimore police detective and a guard at the city jail were among 32 people indicted in federal court, accused of roles in a large and violent drug operation.

A rowhouse fire in Northwest Baltimore killed three people.

Federal authorities said they broke up a marijuana ring that operated on the west side of Baltimore with the indictment of 32 people.

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Baltimore health officials canceled plans to test all city elementary school pupils for high levels of lead because of contaminated water fountains after tests of 1,300 pupils turned up no problems.

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"GlaxoSmithKline and Bayer will have to spend money like Imelda Marcos at a shoe sale ... to become as familiar as Viagra."

The New York Times,on campaigns by the two drug makers to break into Pfizer's market on the drug to treat erectile dysfunction


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