A new US Congress General Accounting Office report leaked to the media says most of the 18 goals set for the rebuilding of Iraq have not been met — contradicting Bush administration claims of progress.
Iraq Leader Calls for Stand-Down: Radical Shiite cleric Moktada al-Sadr says he will suspend his Mahdi Army militia’s operations — including attacks on US troops — for six months.
Hell no, Musharraf Won’t Go: Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has rejected “any pressure or ultimatum” to step down as army chief in a power-sharing deal with exiled former PM Benazir Bhutto.
GOPs and Gays Concur on Craig: Presidential candidate John McCain is among a growing number of Republican US senators calling for Sen. Larry Craig (R-ID) to resign, following his guilty plea in connection with his alleged sexual solicitation of a plainclothes police officer in a Minnesota airport rest room. The call is being echoed by the right-wing gay group Log Cabin Republicans (though not by openly gay Rep. Barney Frank [D-MA]), Christian groups, and even some Idahoans.
Raucous Riots in Chile: Chilean police used tear gas and water cannons to punish workers angry about low pay and poor working conditions when the nation’s economy is booming.
VA Tech Gets Failing Grade: A Virginia Tech review panel’s newly released report blames slow action by school officials in their handling of of the bloodiest campus massacre in US history.