- Making News: Defense Secretary Rumsfeld in Iraq
US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld made a surprise visit to Baghdad today, and met with military commanders to discuss conditions at American-run prisons. He also held a town-hall meeting, where he got more than a few appreciative laughs. Anne Scott-Tyson, who covers the Pentagon for the Christian Science Monitor, says Rumsfeld's goal was to demonstrate leadership, deflect criticism of himself, and boost troop morale.
- Reporter's Notebook: Surprise Election Results in India
Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee resigned today after his ruling coalition was went down to an unexpected defeat in the polls. Equally stunning is the resurrection of the late Indira Gandhi's Congress Party which, after decades of being a prime political force, had nearly been relegated to history. Stanley Wolpert, longtime professor of Indian history at UCLA and author of more than 20 books on South Asia, says the election of this latest Gandhi is a reaffirmation of India's secularism.
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