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1/15/06 World News: Spacecraft Brings Comet Dust to Earth


NASA space capsule carrying dust samples from a deep-space comet has returned to Earth safely in the western United States.
Search and recovery crews found the capsule intact early today (Sunday), moments after its pre-dawn landing in the Utah desert. The capsule entered Earth's atmosphere hours after it was released by the Stardust space probe.
The Stardust probe collected millions of minute particles of cosmic dust from the comet Wild Two, which it intersected in 2004 after a five-year journey from Earth.

Israel's Cabinet has approved voting in Arab East Jerusalem. Israeli officials say the move today (Sunday) clears the way for Palestinian parliamentary elections to be held as scheduled on January 25th.
Under the proposal approved today (Sunday), the Cabinet barred the distribution of ballot papers and campaign posters belonging to the militant Islamic group Hamas, which is competing in the elections for the first time.
Palestinian officials had threatened to postpone the election if Israel prevented East Jerusalem Arabs from participating. Palestinians have yet to comment on today's Israeli Cabinet decision.

Iraqi judicial officials say efforts are under way to persuade the chief judge in the trial of ousted leader Saddam Hussein not to quit.
Officials say a delegation had been sent today (Sunday) to meet with Kurdish Judge Rizgar Amin.
Judge Amin submitted his resignation Saturday amid criticism that he had let Saddam dominate the court proceedings.

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