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Voices in the News: Avian Flu and Iraqi Elections

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Voices in the News: Avian Flu and Iraqi Elections

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Voices in the News: Avian Flu and Iraqi Elections

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A sound montage of some of the voices in this past week's news, including: Navy Captain James Stahlman, Chief of CENTCOM Operations and Planning Coordination; Syed Fazel Hadi, Executive Director, Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences; U.S. Health Secretary Mike Leavitt; Dick Thompson, spokesman, World Health Organization; White House Press Secretary, Scott McClellan; President Bush; Wesley Clark, retired Army General; Sounds of Iraqi voters chanting; an Iraqi voter speaking though a translator.

BRIAN NAYLOR, host:

From NPR News, this is WEEKEND EDITION. I'm Brian Naylor, sitting in for Liane Hansen.

And these were some of the voices in the news this past week.

Captain JAMES STAHLMAN(ph) (US Navy): There aren't enough helicopters in the world to move enough materials for four and a half million people, so we need to help them find ways to make sure the roads get open and move tents, blankets, winter clothing. It's just total devastation in some of these areas up there, and they're literally starting from scratch.

Dr. SYED FAZLE HADI (Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences): We have got absolutely literally hundreds and hundreds of patients who are really seriously injured. We have carried out something like 700, 800 major operations since this disaster started.

Secretary MIKE LEAVITT (Health and Human Services): If it acquires the capacity to co-opt humans as a carrier, it will set off a pandemic struggle that will, or could, end the lives of millions.

Mr. DICK THOMPSON (World Health Organization): We should understand that we're talking largely now about an animal disease, and very, very rarely does this virus jump into humans from animals.

Mr. SCOTT McCLELLAN (White House Press Secretary): And Karl continues to do his duties as deputy chief of staff and senior adviser to the president. The president has made it very clear we're not gonna comment on an ongoing investigation.

President GEORGE W. BUSH: I'm not gonna talk about the case. I've been asked this a lot and my answer is consistent, and the special prosecutor is conducting a very serious investigation. He's doing it in a very dignified way, by the way, and we'll see what he says.

General WESLEY CLARK (Retired, US Army): Mr. Bush is long overdue in providing a plan to achieve Iraqi military sufficiency, to build domestic political consensus inside Iraq around a new government.

(Soundbite of people chanting in foreign language)

Pres. BUSH: By casting their ballots, the Iraqi people deal a severe blow to the terrorists and send a clear message to the world: Iraqis will decide the future of their country through peaceful elections, not violent insurgency.

Unidentified Man: (Through Translator) I feel very proud of myself today and--because I came here to cast my vote in the referendum and because I'm wearing the Iraqi flag, which represents my identity as Iraqi.

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