Tuesday, November 20 in the news....
- In Pakistan, a Supreme Court hand-picked by President Gen. Pervez Musharraf swiftly dismissed legal challenges to his continued rule on Monday, opening the way for him to serve another five-year term. Musharraf thanked the judges for their wise deliberation, and he did it without laughing, proving he is a man of steely resolve.
- Iran is far from acquiring a nuclear weapon, and despite U.S. fears about its atomic intentions, an American military strike against the Islamic Republic is unlikely, former Secretary of State Colin Powell said Sunday. Colin Powell ended his speech with, 'And that is why I'm the former Secretary of State'.
- Last week, Brazil confirmed a monster offshore oil discovery and promising fields near the find. The country said it would use the new found oil wealth to import more soccer balls.
- The White House announced the resignation of Fran Townsend, US President George W. Bush's top aide for domestic security and counter-terror activities. Townsend gave public updates on the extent of the threat to U.S. security at times, and there was no talk that this was a sacking for 'not being spooky enough'.
- The Bush administration has spent almost $100 million in the past six years on a classified program to help Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf secure his country's nuclear weapons, The New York Times has reported. The main part of the program involves putting signs out the front of bases that read: 'No Nuclear Weapons Here'.