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Mission 37 - Global Headlines
Iraqi Police

Pope Undergoes Surgery
The health of Pope John Paul II remains stable after an emergency tracheotomy surgery was performed in Rome to relieve the pontiff’s severe breathing problems. The 84-year-old underwent a 30-minute operation under general anesthetic and is now breathing unassisted, despite early reports that he needed a respirator. After staying in Rome’s Gemelli Hospital a few weeks, the Pope will be unable speak for some time. The Pope’s reported Parkinson's disease and bowed posture has made speaking and breathing increasingly difficult.
Two Al-Zarqawi Aides Captured
Baghdad Iraqi forces captured Talib Mikhlif Arsan Walman al-Dulaymi, also known as Abu Qutaybah, a key aide to Jordanian-born terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. The aide’s responsibilities in the insurgency include decisions on which terrorist network leaders can meet with al-Zarqawi, and the arrangement of the encounters. Qutaybah also arranged for safe houses and transportation for al-Zarqawi, one of the most wanted terrorists in the world. A second aide was also arrested in the raid, Ahmad Khalid Marad Ismail al-Rawi, also known as Abu Uthman, who served as a driver and planner for al-Zarqawi.
Three US Soldiers Killed in Blast
Three US soldiers were killed and eight others were wounded when a roadside bomb exploded north of Baghdad. The afternoon attack occurred in Tarmiyah, about 20 miles north of the capital. Witness report seeing five parked Humvees in the road where the US soldiers were walking just before the explosion. A spokesman for the U.S. Army's 3rd Infantry Division confirmed the patrol was hit by an improvised explosive device. Three troops were killed, and eight injured soldiers were airlifted out of the area.
Abuse Allegations Filed in Schiavo Case
The state's social services agency is seeking a 60-day delay in the removal of the feeding tube that is keeping a Florida woman alive, according to an attorney for the parents of Terri Schiavo. While Schiavo's husband, Michael Schiavo, has fought to remove the feeding tube, Bob and Mary Schindler say their daughter is responsive and would not want to die. Schiavo has used an assisted feeding tube for 15 years after a chemical imbalance caused her heart to stop. The 60-day delay is requested in light of information bound in a confidential document that outlines allegations of abuse and neglect. In the past, the Schindlers have stated their daughter was not provided proper therapy and medical care by her husband.
'Fear and Loathing' Author Commits Suicide
Writer Hunter S. Thompson, best-known for authoring the 1972 story of a drug-filled trip through Nevada, "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas," has committed suicide. Thompson reportedly shot himself on Sunday at his Colorado home while on the telephone with his wife of two years, Anita. Thompson worked as a savvy political journalist and is considered one of the most influential authors of the 20th century. The 67-year-old was in the house with his son, daughter-in-law and six-year-old grandson, all visiting from out of town, when he killed himself in the kitchen. Thompson’s son, Juan, discovered his body.
15 Killed by Car Bomb at Police Station
15 people died and 22 were wounded when a man detonated his explosives-laden car into a parking lot inside police headquarters in Tikrit. The blast was so powerful 20 adjacent cars were ignited. In search of the perpetrator, US troops immediately set up checkpoints across the city, questioning drivers and searching vehicles. Tikrit is best known as home of the ousted Iraqi president, Saddam Hussein, and is just one region struggling against an influx of car bombings and other threats to US and Iraqi security forces.
9 UN Peacekeepers Killed in Congo
Unidentified gunmen killed at least nine UN workers in two attacks on peacekeeping patrols in the Republic of Congo. The dead peacekeepers were from Bangladesh, and were part of UN troops living in Congo to help quell the ethnic violence in the central African country. The UN force in Ituri is made up of four groups of 850 soldiers trying to maintain peace between the Hema and Lendu tribes in the region. About one third of the world's biggest U.N. peacekeeping mission is based in Ituri.
NASA Schedules Next Flight
May 15 is the target date for NASA to launch the next shuttle into space, the first craft to take off since the explosion of the space shuttle Colombia and death of its seven crew members. The shuttle fleet has been grounded since the Columbia disaster, when the craft, headed for landing at Florida's Kennedy Space Center on February 1, 2003, broke apart in the Texas skies. The Columbia Accident Investigation Board made 15 improvement proposals to NASA. Coupled with NASA’s own set of restrictions in light of the disaster, the space program has been drastically upgraded and the shuttles are deemed safe to fly. Discovery will be led by Eileen Collins and contain a crew of seven.

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