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When Secretary of State Colin Powell returned from the Middle East without a cease-fire or agreement to work toward a final Israeli-Palestinian settlement, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan declared it the obligation of the international community to take decisive action. He called for a multi-national force strong enough to end the violence and create the environment for negotiations toward a political settlement. While all sides agree that US involvement would be essential, opponents warn of enormous potential cost, and the risk to American troops and the nation's prestige. Others contend those are the consequences of being a superpower. We get the pros and cons from the UN's Office of Peacekeeping Operations, and foreign policy advisors to the Reagan and Clinton White House.
  • Newsmaker: U.S. Clerics Call For Removal of Boston's Cardinal Law
    America's Roman Catholic cardinals are meeting in Rome this week to discuss the growing crisis over the way church leaders have handled cases of child sexual abuse by priests. Today's Los Angeles Times carries the story that several of the cardinals will urge the Vatican to ask Boston's Cardinal Bernard Law to resign. Larry Stammer is the paper's religious writer.
  • Reporter's Notebook: Right-Wing Candidate Le Pen to Face Chirac for French Presidency
    Jean Marie Le Pen, founder of the right-wing National Front, has been written off more than once as a national leader. Yesterday, he astonished France by defeating Socialist Prime Minister Lionel Jospin to qualify for the runoff against conservative incumbent President Jacques Chirac. Patrice de Beer, of Le Monde, reports on the startling victory of the former street fighter who once called Nazi death camps a "detail of history."

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Rand Corporation

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Le Monde (in French)

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