June: Police in Baku, Azerbaijan, reportedly storm
1,000 year old mosque to expel worshippers; government
seeks to make carpet museum of site... UPI says Caspian
Sea may become environmental
dead zone; Russian industrial pollution, undisciplined
petroleum development blamed... Powell
visits Darfur refugees, calls on world to prevent
genocide, warns Khartoum may be masking gravity of
suffering when outsiders visit...
June: Amnesty International says Argentina needs to
threats of violence against journalists during
period of economic collapse; AI
report cites ongoing examples of constraints to
freedom of expression... AllAfrica calls on Nigerians
systematic vote-buying in elections... Indian
bank reportedly bypassing middlemen to provide access
to loans, purchasing power to rural farmers...
June: Surprise announcement early this morning that
of sovereignty in Iraq has occurred two days early,
no reported incidents of violence to obstructr surprise
Court upholds due process rights for all detainees,
Constitutional role of Judiciary, ruling the Bush
administration can hold American citizens as enemy
combatants without charge, indefinitely, but detainees
must have access to attorneys and be allowed to challenge
their detention... Kerry will not address Conference
of Mayors, refusing to cross picket-line of striking
workers... $23.9 million opening weekend box-office
the biggest-grossing documentary of all time,
top film of weekend... Bush-Cheney campaign posts
campaign ad comparing prominent Dems to Adolf
June: Sudan government accused to lying to cover-up
death and violence in Darfur... New initiative
"innovative ideas" to fuel Indian economy...
CIA bars further use of extreme
interrogation methods approved by White House;
aides had characterized Justice memo as approving
extreme measures... Portuguese Prime Minister
poised to assume European
Commission presidency... Environmental Defense
blames unregulated marine emissions for disproportionate
June: US offers roadmap for N. Korea disarmament;
N. Korea says it will eliminate nuclear program altogether
for right energy, security guarantees, no agreement...
Female election workers bombed by antigovernment rebels
in Afghanistan... Interim Iraqi government again said
to be planning
June: Pentagon has paid over 5,500 claims for wrongful
death, injury or property damage in Afghanistan...
TIME reporter says Fallujah now in "unfettered
control" of insurgents, Taliban-like radical
Islamists... New EPA campaign promotes home appliance
efficiency, mocks potential for fuel efficiency; transport
division not consulted; EPA reported earlier that
New cars have become less efficient even than 1980s...
N. Korea reportedly asked
US for 2,000 megawatts per year to abandon nuclear
plans "new deal" to combat rural poverty
in India; WSJ reports rural poverty in India keeps
millions from access to existing foodstocks...
June: Supreme Ct. rules 7-2 VP Cheney can keep energy
sealed, for now... 2 bombs explode in Turkey,
one in Istanbul, one in Ankara... Pres. Bush interviewed
for 70 min. today by prosecutors in CIA
name-leak probe, not under oath, not necessarily
implicated... Federal appeals court overrules
FCC media ownership changes that permitted increased
consolidation, uniformity... 5 coordinated bomb attacks
killed 90 in Iraq...
June: Class action suit alleges Walmart systematically
discriminated against 1.5 million women... Unsafe
levels of perchlorate (dangerous to thyroid gland)
from rocket fuel found in CA drinking water... 13-year-old
peace-activist, poet, Mattie Stepanek died of Muscular
Dystrophy... Pentagon seeks to modify admission of
Rumsfeld interrogation policy, saying he approved
"non-injurious" force but not immersion
in water... US Senate approves Pentagon ban on press
coverage of returning war dead; House attaches debt-ceiling
increase to defense bill, with no option for debate,
no vote... AP
sues for full disclosure of Bush military records,
citing gaps in records disclosed earlier this year...
22 June: Judge
orders Abu Ghraib preserved as crime scene, top
officials to testify about involvement in torture;
CNN says Rumsfeld specifically approved water-boarding
(dunking, fake-drowning) as interrogation technique
in at least 1 case, later rescinded approval at behest
of lawyers... Commission says supposed Prague
meeting never happened, Atta in FL at time...
Facing federal corruption probe, impeachment, CT Gov.
Rowland resigns... Pres. Bush reportedly billed taxpayers
for "dual-purpose" fundraising trip to Ohio
June: Rwanda fears mass deployment of Congolese troops
near Rwanda-Congo border will spur new conflict...
selects Green Peter Camejo for running mate on
Independent ticket; Camejo says truth can only arise
from "conflict of ideas", reduced debate
undermines democracy... Burkina
Faso holds conference to debate use of genetically
June: Video shows South Korean hostage pleading for
his life; militants threaten to kill him if S. Korea
doesn't withdraw from Iraq, Seoul vows to send more
troops as planned... US threatens to follow EU in
cutting aid to Uzbek regime; Tashkent says any decline
in western funds will aid terrorists, which human
rights observers call extortion... Japanese scientist
invents "invisibility" cape...
June: New Indian government opens talks with Pakistan
on reduction of nuclear threat between them, seek
solution to Kashmir tension... Saudi government says
it has killed 3 militants linked to claim of responsibility
for Johnson murder... WTO rules US cotton subsidies
anticompetitive, upholding Brazil complaint... EU
approves wording for long-awaited Constitution...
June: Private contractor working for CIA charged in
connection with torture, homicide in Afghan
prisoner death... CBS reports hostage Johnson
beheaded by captors; Saudi colleague had urged mercy,
said killing him would be against Islam... Bush defends
Iraq-Qaeda claims; Cheney claims long-standing evidence,
offers no proof... Kerry calls for minimum wage hike
from $5.15 to $7/hr by 2007... Study shows US labor
policy lags in family protections... US House
passes bill ending tax breaks for big exporters, but
laced with new tax giveaways, including $10B for tobacco...
June: SMH reports Australian government received constant
reports on abuse in Iraqi prisons; Defence Minister
explains misleading statements by self and PM to Parliament;
memo alleged to tell Red Cross detainees not protected
by Geneva... ABC's Nightline reports use of dogs for
intimidation was approved by Gen. Sánchez in
Iraq, used at Guantánamo under Miller; Pentagon
detainee incommunicado, denying Red Cross access,
under direct order from Sec. Rumsfeld... Shell
Oil boss says planet threatened by excess CO2
June: Insurgents hit Basra pipeline, 2nd time in 2
days, shut down Iraq oil exports; attacks on northern
Iraqi pipeline, killing of oil security chief in Kirkuk
halt flow from north... Darfur refugee tells BBC government-backed
militia plan to exterminate all black Darfurians...
9/11 Commission finds Al Qaeda may have sought funding
from Iraq, but no
evidence of any cooperation in terrorism (1 day
after VP made latest claim of link); KSM said to have
planned 10-plane attack, targetting FBI, CIA, West
Coast... New study says bilingual
minds are more resilient in old age...
June: Annan urges all UN member nations to act now
to prevent humanitarian disaster in Darfur, Sudan...
Gen. Karpinski alleges torture at Abu Ghraib was organized
from the top... Rep. Chris Bell has filed multiple
ethics complaints against House Majority Leader
Tom DeLay, calling him "the most corrupt politician"
in the Congress... Pres. Karzai addresses US Congress,
calls for security, free trade, international investment...
reports White House beset by new torture allegations
and Halliburton dealings...
June: Pres. Bush reportedly asked
Vatican to pressure US bishops to side with his
campaign on "cultural issues"... Car bomb
kills 13 in Baghdad, including 3 GE workers, 1 American;
CBS says 17th such attack in 2 weeks... 11 Chinese
aid workers killed by Taliban-linked militants in
June: Karzai warns of narco-state threat to Afghan
stability, democracy... State Dept. to revise
terror incidence reports thought to have misreported
2003, some portions possibly 90% in error... CIA stalls
declassification for Pre-Iraq intel report; Sen. Intelligence
Committee may preempt CIA, vote to publish critical
GMA laments alleged partisan plotting to derail
democratic process in Philippines...
reports non-Gulf petroleum deposits may be severely
had reported depletion earlier this week... Moqtada
al Sadr gives conditional approval to Iraq interim
government; violence continues: deputy interim foreign
minister shot dead in Baghdad...
June: USAID chief says with aid expect to lose
1/3 million in Darfur, without aid the number
soars... Italian PM Berlusconi raises privacy concerns
by sending mass text message reminding Italians to
vote in EU elections... Philippine
election (by independent tally) goes to incumbent
Gloria Macapagal Arroyo...
June: Class action suit charges 2 contractors conspired
to use torture in Iraq to obtain information to
promote their effectiveness as defense contractors...
US House to consider bill barring Accenture from airport
security contract, because it is based offshore...
Bush campaign complains that polls showing Pres.
trailing Kerry by 7% nationally (6% counting Nader)
is "a mess"; separate Gallup poll supports
finding with 6% Kerry lead...
releases 4 Kurdish activists from prison; Turkish
state TV begins broadcasts
in Kurdish, after pressure from EU to recognize
minorities; Turkey seeks to join EU incoming decade...
Massive fire erupts after Iraq oil pipeline from Kirkuk
to Turkey is bombed, 4th such attack in 3 days...
Another NYC union takes contract concerns to strike:
daycare workers are walking out to protest lack of
city action on new contracts, higher pay... ClearChannel
radio reportedly plans to pay record $1.7 million
fine to FCC for "indecent remarks" on Howard
Stern radio program...
Ashcroft refuses to submit interrogation-policy
memos to Senate; senators believe memos contemplate
unconstitutionality of anti-torture treaties; Sen.
Biden reminds AG he may be in Contempt of Congress,
as no privilege applies; WSJ,
AP report administration determined torture was
legal... Coalition frees hostages (3 Italian, 1 Polish);
new video shows 3 of 7 Turks taken hostage, only 2
freed to date... Arrests
in Italy and Belgium reportedly net mastermind
of March Madrid bombings; alleged mastermind will
face 191 counts of murder, 1,400 counts of attempted
Security Council unanimously approves resolution
returning full sovereignty to Iraq... G8 Summit underway
off Georgia coast, location selected to dissuade demonstrators,
tighten security; UNICEF calls for action on poverty,
June: France and others object to unclear intent on
management of Iraqi resources in 3rd US draft of UN
resolution for handover of power... Bush wants fmr.
MO Sen. Danforth to replace Negroponte as UN Ambassador;
served as Special Envoy to Sudan since 2001...
June: 60th anniversary of Allied D-Day invasion of
Normandy beaches, beginning liberation of continent
from Nazi rule (estimated 1,000 WWII vets now die
each day)... 2 BBC reporters attacked by gunmen in
Saudi Arabia, 1 killed... SEIU prepares for walkout
over low pay, no benefits for NY home health aids...
Tens of thousands march in Caracas in support of Hugo
Chávez, who faces recall vote...
June: Fmr. Pres. Ronald Reagan succumbed to pneumonia
in Bel Air, CA home, after 10-year struggle with Alzheimers;
40th president was remembered by allies and opponents
around the world... Israel's PM Sharon removed 2 arch-conservative
ministers from his cabinet, in anticipation of new
vote on Gaza withdrawal...
June: BBC reports 1/3 of Darfur refugees expected
to die from hunger, disease, even with massive
infusion of aid; UN charges ethnic cleansing by
Khartoum-backed militia... FBI
released suspected Bin Laden agent before 9/11
attacks... Argentina's Pres. Kirchner has placed regional
governor under house arrest in connection with brutal
killing to two young women last year, in Santiago
del Estero... 60th anniversary of Allied liberation
of Rome from Nazi Axis; Italy braces for massive antiwar
demonstrations expected to greet Bush visit...
15th anniversary of bloody suppression of student
democracy movement at Tiananmen Square; Chinese authorities
deploy heavy show of force to prohibit commemorations;
thousands demonstrate in Hong Kong to commemorate
democracy movement and massacre...
June: UN calls donor countries, Sudan government to
Geneva to plan massive aid
initiative for Darfur refugees... Doctors
Without Borders suspends service in Afghanistan,
after 5 staff were killed in ambush in NW Afghanistan;
Taliban claims responsibility... CIA Director Tenet
has resigned, after months of pressure to do so...
FBI asks who in government provided Chalabi with classified
security information he is accused to passing to Iran...
CA judge reopens antitrust suit accusing Shell Oil
and Texaco of price-fixing in 1990s... Spitzer files
suit against GlaxoSmithKline for allegedly concealing
negative evidence of Paxil's effects on children...
June: 7 million may face starvation in Zimbabwe, if
harvest fails, with 1/3 population HIV positive, life
expectancy thought to slip to 33 years by 2005...
implicates Halliburton in Nigerian corruption
investigation... CA judge strikes down late-term abortion
ban as unconstitutional, potential threat to women's
June: At least 91
Army investigations into torture of detainees
now underway in Iraq and Afghanistan... Iraqi Governing
Council agrees on President, rejects Bremer choice;
20 of 22 vote to disband, Dawa party accuses Bremer
of interfering, postponing vote, making demands...
Iraqi President Al-Yawar sworn in, new Cabinet
set to replace governing Council on 30 June; two major
explosions strike Baghdad, sign that interim government
is not enough to pacify insurgents... TIME Magazine
"has obtained an internal Pentagon e-mail"
indicating VP Cheney
coordinated Halliburton contract (RIO) in Iraq...
Norway bans smoking in enclosed public places to protect
workers from dangers of 2nd-hand smoke... Price of
crude oil in US reaches record
$42/barrel, in wake of terrorist incidents in
Saudi Arabia... Nelson
Mandela officially retires from public life, ahead
of 86th birthday, says "I'll call, myself"