Sunday, Oct. 5

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Sunday, Oct. 5

A battalion of newly retrained Iraqi soldiers, marching to the beat of a U.S. Army band, completed a nine-week course in Kir Kush, Iraq, to become the first unit of a revised military. The 700 graduating troops included 65 officers and will become the core of a new army.

A Palestinian woman wrapped in explosives blew herself up inside a seaside resort popular with both Arabs and Jews in Haifa, Israel, killing 19 bystanders, including four children. The bombing wounded at least 55 and ended nearly a month of relative calm.

Pope John Paul II warned the archbishop of Canterbury that "new and serious difficulties have arisen" in efforts to unify the Roman Catholic and Anglican churches. Vatican sources say it was clear the pope was referring to the election of a homosexual bishop living openly with his partner in the U.S. Episcopal Church.

Monday, Oct. 6

The D.C. Council is seeking to allow the city to resume contracting with a road-paving company that was suspended for three years after conspiring to bribe public works officials. Officials for Fort Myer Construction Corp. pleaded guilty in federal court in March.

Former diplomat Joseph C. Wilson IV, who says his wife's status as a CIA employee was leaked by the administration, said he will use his "15 minutes of notoriety" to campaign against President Bush.

Israel bombed a target inside Syria that it said was an Islamic Jihad training base, striking deep inside its neighbor's territory for the first time in three decades in the widening pursuit of Palestinian militants.

Tuesday, Oct. 7

The Supreme Court opened the 2003-04 term by rejecting excessive punitive awards in cases involving tobacco and traffic deaths, and upholding a 12-year prison term for a cocaine user whose baby was stillborn.

Commerce Secretary Donald L. Evans said that his primary mission in the next 14 months will be to preach the message of job growth to the American public. Employment is shaping up as a major campaign issue.

A council of war for conservative Episcopalians gets under way today, when 2,200 of them meet in Dallas to consider ways to protest the recent confirmation of a practicing homosexual priest as the new bishop of New Hampshire.

Wednesday, Oct. 8

California voters recalled Gov. Gray Davis and replaced him with Republican actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, ending one of the most bizarre elections in American history.

Turkish lawmakers overwhelmingly approved a U.S. request to send peacekeeping troops to neighboring Iraq, despite the deep misgivings of senior members of the U.S.-appointed Iraqi Governing Council.

Customers who lost power during Hurricane Isabel won't necessarily see lower electricity bills this month. It will probably take another month to "square" bills for most customers, spokesmen for Potomac Electric Power Co. said.

Thursday, Oct. 9

The Bush administration has negotiated agreements protecting Americans from prosecution by the International Criminal Court with more than five dozen nations, knitting together a partial shield to protect U.S. citizens from politically motivated prosecutions.

California Gov.-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger pledged to cut the car tax, not raise any other taxes and work to help "undocumented immigrants" gain legal status. …