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  • Under intense American pressure, Turkeymarker indicates that its Parliament will consider a second vote on whether to allow U.S. troops to use Turkish bases for a military attack on Iraq.

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  • Iraq disarmament crisis: The White Housemarker press secretary, paraphrasing the President, stated "If the United Nations fails to act, that means the United Nations will not be the international body that disarms Saddam Hussein. Another international body will disarm Saddam Hussein." [27981]
  • Iraq disarmament crisis: *Kofi Annan, Secretary General of the United Nations, stated "If the US and others were to go outside the [Security] Council and take military action it would not be in conformity with the [UN] Charter".
  • Frenchmarker president Jacques Chirac declares that France will veto a UN resolution sponsored by Spainmarker, the United Kingdommarker, and the United Statesmarker. The resolution would authorise use of force against Iraq unless that country proves it disarmament by March 17. [27982]
  • North Koreamarker test-fires a short-range missile into the Sea of Japanmarker. This is North Korea's second recent such launch. [27983]
  • Russianmarker Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov announced that Russia would veto a UN resolution by the US and the UK authorising the use of force against Iraq. [27984]
  • Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is elected to the Turkishmarker parliament and is expected to become prime minister shortly. Erdoğan supports deployment of USmarker troops in Turkey and is expected to call for a new vote on the issue as one of his first official acts. [27985]
  • Deutsche Telekom discloses an annual loss of 24.6 billion euros.
  • U.S.marker diplomat John Brown, who joined the State Department in 1981, resigned. He said that the Bush administration's Iraqmarker policy was fomenting a massive rise in anti-US sentiment around the world and he could not support it.

March 11, 2003

Buddy the Staffy is born

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  • U.S.marker begins military strikes in Iraqmarker, which many consider the beginning of the Iraq War
  • Jørn Siljeholm, a weapons inspector recently in Iraqmarker, accused the U.S.marker of lying about evidence for weapons of mass destruction. English, Norwegian
  • Telephone tapping of EU headquarters uncovered. According to EU officials the taps targeted six EU states including Austria, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain. The taps appear to have been installed when the building was constructed in 1994.[28002]
  • A group of doctors in Hong Kong claims to have identified the agent causing severe acute respiratory syndrome as belonging to the paramyxoviridae family of viruses. [28003]
  • European Union Health and Consumer Protection Commissionermarker, David Byrne, said "cases like SARS demonstrate only too clearly that contagious diseases require a high level of preparedness across borders. Imagine if it had been an influenza pandemic which, in the past, had a devastating impact on humans. In order to meet the contemporary public health threat of communicable diseases, we must strengthen coordination and surveillance at Community level. The most effective way to do so is by setting up a European Union Centre for Disease Control."
  • Paul Twomey is chosen for being the next president of ICANN. [28004]
  • Dwight Watson, who had driven a tractor into the Constitution Gardens pond on the National Mallmarker in Washington, D.C.marker, surrendered to federal authorities. The 48 hour standoff severely disrupted the business and traffic of downtown D.C., as a large section of streets were blocked due to Watson's claim that he had explosives. [28005]

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  • SARS: Ontariomarker declares a public health emergency. Anyone who was at Scarboroughmarker Grace Hospital in the past 10 days is to be isolated at home. [28011]

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