- The Washington Times - Monday, March 17, 2003

Bush to Saddam: You've got 48 hours

WASHINGTON, March 17 (UPI) — President George W. Bush Monday gave Saddam Hussein and his sons 48 hours to get out of Iraq or face war. In a speech to the nation, Bush said the "risks of inaction" would mean a greater threat later. "The security of the world requires disarming Saddam Hussein now," Bush said, urging the Iraqi military not to oppose invading forces and not to destroy oil wells or unleash chemical or biological weapons. Bush criticized the U.N. Security Council for not enforcing its own resolutions and without mentioning names took members to task for refusing to support action, saying they "share our assessment of the danger but not our resolve."


Powell: U.N. will survive Iraq crisis

WASHINGTON, March 17 (UPI) — Secretary of State Colin Powell Monday said the United Nations would survive the Iraqi crisis and the United States would remain an important member of the world body. Briefing journalists at the State Department after the U.S. decision to withdraw the second resolution on Iraq from the Security Council, Powell said the United Nations would play a key role in the reconstruction of Iraq. But by not authorizing the use of force to disarm Iraq, the body has failed an important test of its ability to resolve international crises, he said.


Iraqis in U.S. seen helping in terror war

WASHINGTON, March 17 (UPI) — The U.S. government is relying on anti-Saddam Iraqis in the United States to help prevent domestic terror attacks in case of war, a senior law enforcement official said Monday. Far from being seen as a problem in the event of war with Iraq, the tens of thousands of Iraqis in the United States generally are seen as an asset. The FBI has completed thousands of voluntary interviews with exiled Iraqis, asking for help in uncovering intelligence about possible domestic terrorism.


Protesters step up civil disobedience

WASHINGTON, March 17 (UPI) — About 150 people rallied in front of the U.S. Capitol Monday to protest a potential war with Iraq. A third of the protestors were arrested. The demonstration was organized by the Iraq Pledge of Resistance, a coalition of groups and individuals who pledged to take part in civil disobedience to protest the possible war. Max Buszewski, a member of the Pledge for Resistance and the American Friends Service Committee, said that as a possible war draws near, more civil disobedience actions would take place.


Quick Iraq victory 'could boost EU growth'

BRUSSELS, March 17 (UPI) — A prolonged war in Iraq could dampen Europe's growth prospects and even lead to recession, a leading business group said Monday. But a quick victory against Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein could actually bolster the European economy. Business federations from the 15 European Union member nations represented by the Unice group forecast gross domestic product growth of 1.4 percent this year.


WHO moves globally on killer pneumonia

GENEVA, Switzerland, March 17 (UPI) — The World Health Organization said Monday it was upgrading its global response to the recent outbreak of a disease called severe acute respiratory syndrome, which has killed at least four people so far and infected some 167 others. WHO officials said they were beefing-up coordinating efforts with health authorities, epidemiologists and top laboratories in a bid to identify the organism responsible for SARS as quickly as possible. Chinese authorities have reported more than 300 cases "of an outbreak of what may be the same or related diseases that began in Guangdong," which could be helpful to international efforts.


Fat position more critical than obesity

BALLERUP, Denmark, March 17 (UPI) — Abdominal fat appears to be a more direct link to cardiovascular risks than overall obesity among elderly women, a new study released Monday suggests. Investigators led by Dr. Laslzo Tanko, a specialist in women's health at Denmark's Center for Clinical and Basic Research, studied 1,356 women ages 60 to 85 to determine whether the location of their body fat or overall obesity was the greater factor in cardiovascular health.


Stocks soar on Iraq war expectations

NEW YORK, March 17 (UPI) — Prices on the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq Stock Market soared Monday in a buying frenzy ignited by speculation a U.S.-led military strike on Iraq might occur within days. Shares rose for the fourth straight session on investors' hopes a war with Iraq would be swift and leave the world's largest economy relatively unscathed. The blue-chip Dow Jones industrial average soared 281.86 points, or 3.59 percent, to close at 8,141.57. The tech-heavy Nasdaq composite index gained 51.12 points, or 3.81 percent, to close at 1,391.45.


Todd Bodine wins final lap battle

DARLINGTON, S.C., March 17 (UPI) — Todd Bodine won Monday's NASCAR Busch Series darlingtonraceway.com 200, barely beating Jamie McMurray. Bodine and McMurray staged a side-by-side battle to the checkered flag that resulted in both cars spinning across the finish line. Bodine crossed the finished line in a sideways slide while McMurray's car was in a full fledge spin and just a tick too late. The finish nearly was identical to Sunday's Winston Cup race, which was won by Ricky Craven, except both cars in Monday's race lost control before crossing the finish line.

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