FROM Louise Roug
UN Cites Record-High Monthly Death Toll for Iraqi Civilians In Baghdad, the United Nations announced today that 3709 Iraqi civilians were killed in October. It's the highest monthly toll since the US-led invasion in March, 2003. It's also far higher than the count of nearly 2900 American soldiers killed during the entire conflict. The news comes just a week before President Bush is scheduled to meet with Iraq's Prime Minister in Jordan to discuss speeding up the transfer of security control to Iraq.
Warrant for Sunni Cleric Could Deepen Rift with Shiite-led Government Iraqi President Jalal Talabani has called an emergency meeting to prevent what he warns could be "complete collapse of the government." There's concern that Sunnis may walk out because of an arrest warrant issued for one of their leading clerics. Harith Dhari is head of the Muslim Scholars Association.
Today's Elections, a Referendum on President Bush and Iraq? American culture has spread all over the globe. Now trade, terrorism and global warming have made the planet smaller than ever. So the rest of the world is watching as the Superpower goes to the polls. Do today's elections look like a referendum on President Bush and the war in Iraq? Is there hope for continuity or change? Does the US retain the moral authority it gained in the immediate aftermath of September 11? We go to the Middle East, Asia, Europe and Mexico.
In Janesville, WI, Middle America meets the new American dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn't prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. We hear what's happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.
After Syria strike a new Trump doctrine emerges The President who promised an end to entanglements in the Middle East and snuggled up to Vladimir Putin has now outraged Russia with surprise missile attacks on Syria. That's raised questions about who's running the White House? We hear a variety of answers.