Robert Kilborn, Judy Nichols and Stephanie Cook, The Christian Science Monitor
Only by restoring the province's suspended government can a breakthrough in the Northern Ireland peace process occur, Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams said. Adams was to meet British Prime Minister Tony Blair in London a day after his ally, the Irish Republican Army, announced it would stop meeting with the province's independent disarmament commission and pull its latest proposal off the table. The IRA suggested late last week it would be willing - under certain circumstances - to put its weapons stockpile "beyond use." But the proposal came too late to stop Britain from stripping the Protestant-Catholic coalition government of its powers.
The embattled leader of Germany's main opposition party announced he'll quit his post. Wolfgang Schuble of the Christian Democratic Union also said he won't seek reelection as CDU leader in parliament. The CDU has plummeted in opinion polls since its honorary chairman, ex-Chancellor Helmut Kohl, admitted in late December that he was involved in a financial scandal. Schuble's announcement followed by one day a $20.6 million fine against the CDU imposed by parliament.
Claiming they have leaked copies of Augusto Pinochet's medical evaluation, two newspapers reported that the former Chilean dictator is affected by memory loss and other mental deficiencies. The report by a British medical team was ordered released to the plaintiffs in a legal battle to spring Pinochet from custody in London so Spanish prosecutors can put him on trial for human rights abuses during his years in power. …