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Saddam Sentenced to Death by Hanging for massacre of Shi'tes


Saddam Trial: An Iraqi court has sentenced former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein to death by hanging for crimes against humanity.
Iraq's High Tribunal convicted Saddam of ordering the killing of Iraqi Shi'ites in the village of Dujail in 1982.
Reporters watching the court proceedings say Saddam appeared shaken after hearing the verdict. He shouted "God is Great" and "Long live Iraq" as the judge ordered him to to die.
The court also delivered judgments against seven former Saddam aides charged in connection with the Dujail killings.
Two of Saddam's co-defendants also were sentenced to death, including his half-brother (Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti) and the former chief judge of Saddam's Revolutionary Court (Awad Hamed al-Bander). All the death sentences will be automatically appealed.

Iraq Violence: Iraq's Interior Ministry says Iraqi police have killed more than 50 insurgents in fierce fighting south of Baghdad.
Iraqi officials say the insurgents were killed by Iraqi security forces acting independently of American troops.
The U.S. military has not confirmed details of the battle.
Separately, Iraqi police say insurgents fired mortar shells at a mainly Sunni district of Baghdad before dawn today (Sunday), killing at least six people and wounding more than 20.

US Pol: President Bush heads to (the western U.S. states of) Nebraska and Kansas today (Sunday) - part of a cross-country swing to support Republican Party candidates ahead of legislative elections Tuesday.
Some analysts predict significant election-day losses for ruling Republicans, mainly because of widespread voter dissatisfaction with Iraq.
A recent (CBS news network) poll indicates the Iraq war is the most important concern of voters, followed by the economy and jobs, illegal immigration, and terrorism.
Mr. Bush acknowledged voter concerns in a campaign speech in (Greeley) Colorado Saturday. But he said the United States will not run from what he called the central front in the war on terror. He also said opposition Democrats had no plan for improving the situation in Iraq.

Rumsfeld Military: A group of independent newspapers serving the U.S. armed forces is calling on President Bush to fire Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.
In an editorial to appear in Monday's editions, the four privately owned military newspapers say Rumsfeld has lost credibility with military leaders, the troops, Congress and the American public.
The newspapers say Rumsfeld's strategy in Iraq has failed, and his ability to lead is compromised.
(Alex Neill) The managing editor of ("Army Times") one of the four independent military newspapers says the editorial statement is not intended to influence Tuesday's U.S. congressional elections, but was written following President Bush's announcement last week that he intends to keep Rumsfeld in the top job at the Pentagon.

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