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UPI Almanac for Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013.
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UPI Almanac for Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012.
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UPI Almanac for Monday, Aug. 18. 2008.
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UPI Almanac for Saturday, Aug. 18, 2007.
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Today is Friday, Aug. 18, the 230th day of 2006 with 135 to follow.
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Today is Thursday, Aug. 18, the 230th day of 2005 with 135 to follow.
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The weekly UPI Almanac package for August 15-21, 2005.
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Today is Wednesday, Aug. 18, the 231st day of 2004 with 135 to follow.
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Today is Monday, Aug. 18, the 230th day of 2003 with 135 to follow.
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Key Democrats join Bush on Iraq measure

WASHINGTON, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- Congress moved closer on Wednesday to granting President George W. Bush the authority to use military force against Iraq, as a number of key Democratic senators said they would stand behind him despite reservations that the current resolution will give hi
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Senate votes down wider Iraq resolution

WASHINGTON, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- The Senate Wednesday moved one step closer to approving the White House-backed resolution to use force against Iraq when it overwhelmingly voted down a resolution which would have given the president additional authority to employ U.S. troops against five

Text: Bush makes case against Iraq

CINCINNATI, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- Declaring "the threat from Iraq stands alone," President George W. Bush outlined his case against the regime of Saddam Hussein and the Iraqi leader's "arsenal of terror" in a televised speech Monday night. Bush spoke to the nation from the Cincinnati Muse

U.S. evidence against Iraq: Nothing new

WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- Top Bush administration officials took to the airwaves for a week to explain why immediate action against Iraq is vital, but experts on Iraqi military capabilit
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Analysis: Who was Abu Nidal really?

WASHINGTON, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Sabri al Banna -- better known by his nom-de-guerre of Abu Nidal -- and one of the world's most-sought-after terrorists for three decades, died much as he lived, cloaked in mystery, secrecy and controversy.
CLAUDE SALHANI

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Abu Nidal (Arabic: أبو نضال) (May 1937 – August 16, 2002), born Sabri Khalil al-Banna (Arabic: صبري خليل البنا), was the founder of Fatah–The Revolutionary Council (Arabic: فتح المجلس الثوري), a militant Palestinian group more commonly known as the Abu Nidal Organization (ANO). At the height of his power in the 1970s and 1980s, Abu Nidal, or "father of struggle," was widely regarded as the most ruthless of the Palestinian political leaders. He told Der Spiegel in a rare interview in 1985: "I am the evil spirit which moves around only at night causing ... nightmares."

Part of the secular, Palestinian rejectionist front, the ANO was formed after a split in 1974 between Abu Nidal and Yasser Arafat's Fatah faction within the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). Setting himself up as a freelance contractor, Abu Nidal is believed to have ordered attacks in 20 countries, killing or injuring over 900 people. The group's most notorious attacks were on the El Al ticket counters at Rome and Vienna airports in December 1985, when Arab gunmen high on amphetamines opened fire on passengers in simultaneous shootings, killing 18 and wounding 120. Patrick Seale, Abu Nidal's biographer, wrote of the attacks that their "random cruelty marked them as typical Abu Nidal operations."

Abu Nidal died of between one and four gunshot wounds in Baghdad in August 2002. Palestinian sources believe he was killed on the orders of Saddam Hussein, but the Iraqi government insisted he had committed suicide. The Guardian wrote on the news of his death: "He was the patriot turned psychopath. He served only himself, only the warped personal drives that pushed him into hideous crime. He was the ultimate mercenary."

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