Sunday, April 18, 2004

In Spanish News...

First of all, reports that in addition to the five US troops that were killed yesterday near the Syrian border, five more were killed today (Sunday), three in Diwaniya, one in Baghdad, and one in the province of Al-Abnar...

Al menos cinco marines estadounidenses y diez ciudadanos iraquíes murieron en un enfrentamiento cerca de la frontera con Siria, en un nuevo frente que se suma a los de Faluya y las ciudades chiíes del sur del país. Otros cinco han muerto en las últimas horas: tres en Diwaniya, uno en Bagdad y otro en la provincia de Al-Anbar.

Also, new Spanish prime minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero has demanded that Spanish troops be pulled out of Iraq as soon as possible .

El presidente del Gobierno, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, ha anunciado la retirada inmediata de las tropas españolas de Irak. El regreso del contingente se hará "en el menor tiempo y con la mayor seguridad posible" y se debe a las pocas perspectivas de que la ONU se haga cargo de la situación en Irak.

and in American news...

Cheney says Kerry a threat to gun owners
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Vice President Dick Cheney portrayed President Bush and himself as champions of the Second Amendment — and Democratic candidate John Kerry as a potential threat to gun owners — in a speech at the National Rifle Association's 133rd annual convention Saturday....

Cheney spoke for about 25 minutes after he was greeted by a standing ovation punctuated by chants of "Four more years."

Cheney did not address the federal assault weapons ban, which expires in September, and which the NRA maintains has been ineffective.

Earlier in the day, Tom Mauser, whose son, Daniel, was killed with an assault weapon in the Columbine High School killings five years ago, tried to enter the convention hall where the NRA was meeting, seeking to urge Cheney to support extending the assault weapons ban.

Mauser was turned away by a security guard as several conventioneers applauded. A couple of conventioneers yelled "Get a life" and "Vote for Bush."

Can somebody please remind me how it is possible that there are roughly as many of them as there are of us?


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