EU, Russia clash over Chechnya
BRUSSELS, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- The European Union and Russia Monday agreed to work more closely to combat international terrorism, but clashed openly over how to bring peace to the breakaway province of Chechnya. At a biannual EU-Russia summit in Brussels, Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen -- whose country has the rotating presidency of the 15-member bloc -- chided Russian President Vladimir Putin for focusing on a military solution to the Chechen war.
Russian officer sentenced for spying
MOSCOW, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- A Moscow military court Monday convicted a Russian intelligence officer of spying for the United States and sentenced him to eight years in a maximum-security prison. Col. Alexander Sypachyov was arrested last April by Russia's Federal Security Service, the FSB, while transferring top-secret documents to a foreign agent, Russian news agencies reported. An FSB statement at the time of his arrest claimed a CIA operation had been foiled and that the United States had attempted to "establish links with a specialist from the secret defense ministry establishment." Sypachyov's trial was closed to the public.
Officials believe Malvo was main shooter
WASHINGTON, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Prosecutors believe that John Lee Malvo, 17, performed most of the Washington-area sniper attacks, a law enforcement official said Monday. The claim is based on both a lengthy statement Malvo made to Virginia prosecutors and physical evidence recovered from several shooting scenes and from the car he was arrested in on Oct. 24.
Bush honors nation's veterans
WASHINGTON, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- President George W. Bush Monday placed a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns and praised America's military veterans during Veterans Day ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery. The president also repeated his threat to take action against Iraq if it does not comply with the new U.N. resolution and disarm itself of suspected weapons of mass destruction.
Chinese unemployment near 14 million
BEIJING, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- When is a jobless person not an unemployed person? The question is a valid one in China, according to senior officials in Beijing Monday. On a recent trip overseas, Chinese premier Zhu Rongji gave China's unemployment rate as 7 percent. But at a news conference at the Chinese Communist Party congress in Beijing, Zhang Zuoji, minister of Labor and Social Security, said the official urban unemployment rate was really 4 percent. China is notorious for playing fast and loose with statistics -- particularly its rising unemployment figures. In this instance, unemployment figures differ because the Chinese make a distinction between being laid off and being unemployed.
Court to look at Victoria's Secret case
WASHINGTON, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court is getting ready to hear argument Tuesday in a case that has cultural as well as commercial impact: Whether a small company is protected by the First Amendment when it uses a name that is very similar to a much more famous company. The case involves Victoria's Secret and a store that called itself Victor's Secret. Victoria's Secret, of course, is the chain that features sexy women's lingerie, clothing and other accessories in its stores and catalog. At issue is whether the Kentucky store called Victor's Secret illegally diluted the chain's trademark. But an eventual ruling in the dispute should have far-reaching consequences in the business community. Victor's Secret, which lost the case in the lower courts, is asking the Supreme Court to define the meaning of the federal law.
Stocks slip in holiday trading
NEW YORK, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Stocks closed lower in light Veterans Day trading Monday as investors sold shares as they considered the latest developments in Iraq amid a lack of corporate news. The blue-chip Dow Jones industrial average was down 178.18 points, or 2.09 percent, to 8,358.95. The tech-heavy Nasdaq composite index lost 40.15 points, or 2.95 percent, to 1,319.13.
Bonds named unanimous NL MVP
NEW YORK, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- San Francisco Giants leftfielder Barry Bonds, the only player in major league history with four Most Valuable Player awards, Monday won his fifth. Bonds, 38, who put behind a history of poor playoff performances, reached the World Series for the first time in his likely Hall of Fame career in 2002, and was a unanimous MVP choice for the first time. The voting, which is done by the Baseball Writers' Association of America, is completed before the postseason. After setting a major league record with 73 home runs in 2001, he accomplished a pair of feats no less impressive this past season.