November 1, 2002 Halloween is increasingly popular in France. One in four families now participate in trick-or-treating. This trend worries some in the Catholic church who say Halloween detracts attention from All Saints Day. which is observed the day after Halloween. The church says All Saints Day is a time to ponder the real meaning of death, not the caricature of death that comes with Halloween. In Paris, some young Catholics have tried to counter the popularity of Halloween with a campaign called "Holy Wins" which offers pastries in place of candy and Christian rock instead of ghoulish Halloween wailing. Nick Spicer reports from Paris.
November 1, 2002 Guarding against bioterrorism, Israel vaccinates health workersagainst smallpox. A nationwide immunization campaign will follow. It's a more aggressive approach than current U.S. plans. NPR's Jackie Northam and Richard Knox report.
November 1, 2002 Slobodan Milosevic's trial at the International War Crimes Tribunal is delayed again by the former Yugoslav leader's poor health. Judges will seek to give Milosevic a defense lawyer, over his objections. Geraldine Coughlan reports.
November 1, 2002 The Bush administration says it has the support of United Nations Security Council members for a resolution on Iraq. U.S. officials say they have addressed specific concerns of other council nations. NPR's Michele Kelemen reports.
November 1, 2002 Rescuers in southern Italy are searching for victims trapped in the debris of a school reduced to rubble by an earthquake. More than 20 people were killed, most of them children. NPR's Sylvia Poggioli reports.
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October 31, 2002 Russians Mourn Hostage Deaths A week after Chechen rebels interrupt a Moscow musical performance and take hundreds hostage, cast members express grief over colleagues' deaths and say they are unsure about the musical's future. NPR's Lawrence Sheets reports.
October 31, 2002 There are reports that several terrorist attacks throughout the world since Sept. 11, 2001, are the work of a new group of al Qaeda leaders. NPR's Bob Edwards speaks with Douglas Farah of The Washington Post.
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October 31, 2002 Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon tries to save his Likud government after the collapse of the coalition with the Labor Party. Labor Party members resigned in a dispute over Jewish settlements. NPR's Jackie Northam reports.
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October 31, 2002 During the 36 years that Gen. Francisco Franco ruled Spain, tens of thousands of his political opponents went missing and are now believed to have been executed. Their descendants are still searching for the bodies in mass graves. Claire Marshall reports.
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October 31, 2002 Turkey holds general elections Sunday, and a coalition of Kurdish political groups may gain seats in the legislature. It would be the first mainstream government involvement for the oft-oppressed ethnic minority. NPR's Ivan Watson reports.
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October 30, 2002 Israel's national unity government collapses, after the Labor Party abandons its partnership with Prime Minister Sharon's Likud Party. Hear NPR's Peter Kenyon and David Horowitz of The Jerusalem Post. Oct. 30, 2002.
October 30, 2002 Secretary of State Colin Powell says the U.S. and other members of the U.N. Security Council are closer to agreement on a resolution to compel Iraq to allow arms inspections. And President Bush meets with top U.N. arms inspector Hans Blix. NPR News reports.
October 30, 2002 Ariel Sharon says he intends to stay on as Israeli prime minister despite the collapse of the coalition government he heads. Labor Party representatives resigned in a dispute over the budget. NPR's Peter Kenyon reports.
October 30, 2002 The U.S. ambassador to Moscow says Russia's reticence about the type of gas used to end the theater siege may have cost lives. But Alexander Vershbow stops short of criticizing Russia for its handling of the crisis. NPR's Michele Kelemen reports.
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October 30, 2002 The U.S. and Britain push for a U.N. Security Council resolution that would force the disarmament of Iraq. President Bush repeats his stance that the U.S. is prepared to move against Iraq's President Saddam Hussein with or without U.N. support. NPR's Tom Gjelten reports.
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