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Late President Gerald Ford Lies in State in Capitol Rotunda


Gerald Ford: Thousands of Americans will pay their respects to late President Gerald Ford today (Sunday) and Monday at the U.S. Capitol building in Washington.
Mr. Ford's flag-drapped coffin will lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda until early Tuesday when the late president's remains will be moved to the Washington National Cathedral for a memorial service. President Bush has designated Tuesday as a national day of mourning.
Mr. Ford will be buried Wednesday in his hometown of Grand Rapids, in the northern state of Michigan.
A state funeral was held for Mr. Ford Saturday in Washington. His former chief of staff, Vice President Dick Cheney, delivered the eulogy in which he hailed Mr. Ford as a calm and steady presence who helped the nation recover from the Vietnam War and the Watergate scandal. President Bush did not attend the ceremony.
Mr. Ford - the 38th president of the United States - died Tuesday in Desert Palms, California, at the age of 93.

Saddam Buried: Executed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein was buried before dawn today (Sunday) in his native village of Ouja, near Tikrit in northern Iraq.
Local officials said Saddam was buried with his sons Uday and Qusay in a family plot built during his reign.
Muslim law calls for the dead to be buried within one day.
Iraqi police imposed a four-day blockade around Tikrit immediately after the ousted president was hanged early Saturday in Baghdad.
New video shows Saddam's hooded executioners taunting him as he is led to the gallows and hanged by chanting the name of his bitter opponent, Shi'ite politician and militia leader Moqtada al-Sadr.
There has been mixed reaction to Saddam's death among the Iraqi people. Many Shi'ites celebrated in the streets while his Sunni allies mourned and expressed outrage.

Saddam React: World reaction to the execution of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein ranges from jubilation to anger.
President Bush called the execution an important milestone for Iraq's path to democracy. But he warned it would not stop the violence in the war-torn country.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said the death of Saddam closes a dark chapter in the history of his country.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called Saddam a violent criminal who took the secrets of his crimes to the grave. Iraq and Iran fought an eight-year war in the 1980s. Kuwait -- a victim of a 1990 Iraqi invasion -- called the execution fair and just.
Some Arab governments condemned the timing of Saddam's hanging which came just before the start of Eid al-Adha -- the Muslim feast of sacrifice, an important holiday in the Islamic calendar.

Somalia: Somali government troops backed by Ethiopian tanks moved closer to the southern town of Kismayo today (Sunday) for a possible attack on the Islamist fighters last outpost.
The Islamists set up a new base in Kismayo shortly after being driven out of the capital, Mogadishu, on Thursday by Somali and Ethiopian troops.
Islamist fighters have taken up positions in Jilib, just north of Kismayo, and residents there are fleeing. Reports from the region say Ethiopian warplanes have been flying over Kismayo, and the Islamists may have mined the road to it.
Islamist leader Sheikh Sharif Ahmed has vowed to continue fighting the country's interim government.
The International Committee of the Red Cross says hundreds of people have been killed in the fighting. And the United Nations refugee agency says it is preparing for the possibility that thousands of Somalis will flee to neighboring countries.
On Saturday, Somali President Abdullah Yusuf met with local elders near Mogadishu for talks on restoring peace in the country, while hundreds of people marched through the capital to protest the presence of Ethiopian troops.

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