Sunday, July 15 in the news....
- Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said Saturday that the Iraqi army and police are capable of keeping security in the country when American troops leave "any time they want." He denied Saddam's former Iraqi Information Minister was his advisor on what to say to the media now.
- Muslim protesters have vented their fury at Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf, burning his effigy and an 'Uncle Sam' puppet and vowing to avenge this week's deadly Red Mosque raid. Subsequently, the Muslim Rage Alert Level moved to normal in the country.
- President Bush took his critics to task Saturday for using the poor marks the Iraqi government received on a progress report this week as reason to argue that the war is lost. Bush said he got poor marks all through school and he still made it.
- A man went on a rampage with a stolen armored personnel carrier through suburban Sydney on Saturday, crashing into several mobile phone towers, telecommunications buildings and an electricity substation before being arrested. The man led officers on a 90-minute chase across six western suburbs before the vehicle stalled as it was being driven toward another mobile phone tower, New South Wales police said in a statement. The top speed of the vehicle was 52 km/hr, which meant it traveled at up to 5 times the speed of normal Sydney traffic.