United States President George Bush on Sunday faced a new clash with congressional Democrats over the unpopular war in Iraq as Senate Democrats reportedly reached a deal that would allow soldiers to spend more time at home. ''If we were to be driven out of Iraq, extremists of all strains would be emboldened,'' Bush said on Saturday.
The murder of a second defence lawyer in the Saddam Hussein trial threatens to unravel the proceedings of the United States-sponsored court, set up to try crimes committed during Iraq's former dictatorship. Lawyers for Saddam and his seven co-defendants in the trial for crimes against humanity that opened on October 19 have suspended contacts with the court, demanding a 10-point list of demands be met.
A defiant Saddam Hussein, proclaiming he was still ''president'' of Iraq, on Wednesday refused to give even his name as he appeared in court on the first day of a trial being watched across the globe. He delivered a widely predicted but feisty tirade against the judge and the legitimacy of the court.
Former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein goes on trial on Wednesday on charges of crimes against humanity in the first of what could be several cases over atrocities committed during his quarter-century in power. Saddam's lawyer said he would seek an adjournment of at least three months.
A leading rights group has warned that the special Iraqi tribunal set up with United States sponsorship to try Saddam Hussein may not be able to give the former dictator and his top aides a fair trial. Saddam, now 68, will be in on court on Wednesday along with three former top lieutenants and four regional officials of his Ba'ath Party.