Compiled and researched by ROBIN BRAVENDER
The Observer staff knows you’re busy, and you probably don’t get a chance to read the paper and watch the news everyday. So we’re bringing you a weekly synopsis of the important stuff: national and international headlines that are too big to miss and the funny stuff that seems too weird to be true (we promise it is).
Court ruled Guantanamo detainees have no right to habeas corpus
A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that federal courts have no right to review the cases of Guantanamo detainees. According to The New York Times, foreign prisoners held outside of the United States are not subject to the same legal rights that apply to those held outside of the country as enemy combatants. For the full story, go to The New York Times.
Stalemate in Senate prevents House resolution from passing
The Senate failed to pass a resolution disapproving of President Bush’s proposed surge of troops to Iraq after it passed in the House last week. For the full story, go to The New York Times.
Top International News
Britain set to pull troops from Iraq
Tony Blair said he would remove 1,600 of the 7,100 troops stationed in Iraq over the next few months, according to the BBC. Bush administration spokesman Tony Snow tried to put a positive spin on the issue. USA Today quoted him saying the troop withdrawal “enhances the flexibility for embedding and training the Iraqi army and police.” For the full story, go to www.usatoday.com/news/world/iraq/2007-02-21-britain-withdrawal_x.htm
Iran fails to comply with U.N. deadline to stop uranium enrichment
Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Tuesday that his country would not comply with a United Nations deadline to cease Iran’s uranium enrichment program. According to the BBC, Ahmadinejad said he would only stop enrichment if the countries requesting the halt stopped producing their own nuclear fuel. For the full story, go to the BBC.
Columbian president names former hostage as government minister
Colombian president Alvaro Uribe appointed Fernando Araujo as foreign minister on Monday. Araujo spent six years as a prisoner of FARC, a left-wing paramilitary group in Colombia, before he escaped in January. For the full story, go to the BBC.
Strange but True
Britney Spears checks into rehab
Pop star Britney Spears entered a rehab center Tuesday after shaving her head in a Los Angeles salon over the weekend. For the full story, go to Reuters.
Children’s book criticized for controversial word: scrotum
This year’s winner of the Newberry Medal, a prestigious award in journalism, has been controversial to some for using some unusual language on its first page — the word scrotum. The book, “The Higher Power of Lucky,” by Susan Patron, has been criticized for describing how a rattlesnake bit the main character’s dog on the scrotum. For the full story, go to The New York Times.
News revisited — this week’s news in years past
Feb. 21 (1885) – The recently completed Washington Monument was dedicated.
Feb. 22 (1862) – Jefferson Davis was inaugurated as president of the Confederate.
Feb. 23 (1836) – The Siege of the Alamo began in San Antonio, Texas.
Feb. 24 (1992) – Nirvana lead singer Kurt Cobain married Courtney Love.
Feb. 25 (2006) – The estimated world population reached 6.5 billion.
Feb. 26 (1990) – The Sandinistas lost the popular election in Nicaragua.
Feb. 27 (1844) – The Dominican Republic gained independence from Haiti.