February 1, 2003 British Prime Minister Tony Blair reiterates his support for the U.S. stance on Iraq after a White House meeting with President Bush. NPR's Scott Simon talks with Phillip Stephens, managing editor for the Financial Times in London.
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January 31, 2003 Turkey's National Security Council takes up the U.S. request to station tens-of-thousands of troops along Turkey's border with Iraq, in anticipation of an invasion aimed at toppling Saddam Hussein. But some 80 percent of Turks are opposed to a new war in Iraq, and their government is slow to respond to the U.S. request. NPR's Ivan Watson reports.
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January 31, 2003 President Bush and Britain's Prime Minister Tony Blair discuss Iraq at the White House. Blair is Bush's closest ally in the push to disarm Saddam Hussein. Next week, the Bush administration plans to deliver declassified intelligence to the U.N. Security Council to demonstrate that Iraq's government is deceiving U.N. weapons inspectors. NPR's Michele Kelemen reports.
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January 31, 2003 An angry mob overruns the Abidjan airport in Ivory Coast, taunting French passengers trying to leave the country. The crowd's anger is stoked by concessions in a peace pact brokered by the French in an effort to end a four-month civil war. NPR's Lynn Neary talks to New York Times correspondent Somini Sengupta.
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January 31, 2003 U.S. officials say satellite intelligence hints that North Korea might be reviving its nuclear weapons program that was frozen in 1994. Intelligence officials say the North may already have atomic bombs from earlier projects. The Bush administration continues to push diplomacy in an effort to stop new arms development. NPR's Mike Shuster reports.
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January 31, 2003 An Afghan police official says 18 bus passengers died when a bomb exploded on a bridge near Kandahar in southern Afghanistan. A nearby Afghan army post may have been the intended target, officials say. NPR News reports.
January 31, 2003 The United States continues to position its forces in the Persian Gulf region in preparation for a possible attack on Iraq. Meanwhile, President Bush meets with British Prime Minister Tony Blair, his strongest ally on the issue. NPR's Tom Gjelten and NPR's Guy Raz report.
January 31, 2003 After waiting more than four years for Europe to lift a ban on approving new varieties of genetically modified crops, the United States threatens to take its case to the World Trade Organization. The WTO could impose stiff penalties on countries that violate trade rules. NPR's Kathleen Schalch reports.
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January 30, 2003 President Bush says he'll give diplomats "weeks, not months" to find a solution to the Iraq crisis. But he also says he would welcome exile for Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein as an alternative to war. Meanwhile, eight European states show support for U.S. policy regarding Iraq in a Wall Street Journal op-ed piece. Hear NPR's Michele Kelemen and NPR's Sylvia Poggioli.
January 30, 2003 Richard Reid, the al Qaeda follower who tried to blow up a trans-Atlantic flight with explosives hidden in his shoes, is sentenced to life in prison. Reid gets the maximum sentence after declaring himself a soldier of war. NPR's Tovia Smith reports.
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January 30, 2003 As Secretary of State Colin Powell prepares to present to the U.N. Security Council the U.S. case against Iraq, President Bush will meet with Italy's prime minister and Saudi Arabia's foreign minister for the "final phase" of diplomatic consultations. Hear NPR's Tom Gjelten and Joseph Cirincione of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
January 30, 2003 A pair of towns along the Polish-German border, separated after World War II, will be reunited next year when Poland enters the European Union. But residents of Görlitz and Zgorzelec have mixed feelings -- some because of history, others because of the merger's economic impact. NPR's Emily Harris reports.
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January 29, 2003 NATO votes to block planning efforts for a potential war in Iraq. Members say all diplomatic means should be exhausted first. Elsewhere in Europe, anti-war sentiments grow. Hear NPR's Guy Raz, NPR's Michele Norris, Dominique Moisi of the French Institute of International Relations, and Constance Stelzenmueller, foreign policy editor of Die Ziet.
January 29, 2003 President Bush makes new charges against Iraq in his State of the Union address, saying there's evidence Iraq tried to acquire nuclear materials and has links to terrorists. U.S. allies and U.N. arms inspectors are eager to hear the evidence. Hear from NPR's Tom Gjelten, NPR's Lynn Neary and U.N. chief nuclear weapons inspector Mohamed ElBaradei.
January 29, 2003 President Bush promises $15 billion over the next 10 years to fight AIDS in Africa. His critics are stunned, yet impressed by the attention he gives the disease in his State of the Union speech. But many critics are skeptical, saying they've heard promises before. NPR's Brenda Wilson reports.
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