Washington studies Iraq report
UNITED NATIONS, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- U.S. officials secured a copy of Iraq's report on its weapons programs, reversing a U.N. Security Council decision that would have delayed turnover of the document until U.N. experts had screened it. The New York Times Tuesday reported the document contains detailed technical information about Baghdad's past nuclear development efforts. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said it will take patience to examine the document and there will be no prejudgments. In Iraq Tuesday, U.N. weapons inspectors headed for five separate sites.
Carter picks up Nobel Prize
OSLO, Norway, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Former President Jimmy Carter Tuesday picked up his Nobel Peace Prize, saying he accepted the symbol with a "deep sense of gratitude." Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson were the only other two U.S. presidents to receive the prize. Carter said he would use the $1 million prize to help the unfortunate. Observers saw the Carter win as a slap at the Bush administration and its threat of war against Iraq.
U.S. envoy visit overshadowed by protests
SEOUL, South Korea, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage arrived in South Korea Tuesday amid anti-U.S. protests that threaten relations between the two countries. Armitage, in Asia seeking support for Washington's policy on Iraq, faced demonstrations against the acquittal of two U.S. soldiers in the traffic deaths of two South Korean girls.
Opium yield high in Afghanistan
ROME, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Afghanistan is expected to have a bumper poppy crop this year, harvesting as much as 3,400 tons, up from 185 tons in 2001, according to U.N. drug control chief Antonio Costa. Costa blames the record production of opium on a weak central government and the lack of international commitment to the development of the war-shattered country. The central government has little control outside Kabul and cannot enforce the country's anti-drug laws.
At least 36 dead in Brazil mudslides
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Rescuers searched for survivors Monday following mudslides that killed at least 36 people in a coastal town 100 miles west of Rio de Janeiro, officials said. City authorities in Angra dos Reis say about 50 other people are missing, with hopes of finding any survivors fading as night fell and rains continued unabated. The town received some 5 inches of rain in less than 24 hours, leading to the collapse of rickety housing.
Skepticism on Indonesia's Aceh peace deal
JAKARTA, Indonesia, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Indonesia Monday signed a cease-fire deal with separatist rebels from Aceh in northern Sumatra but hopes the agreement will end the 26-year-old conflict in the province were complicated by the rebels' insistence their eventual aim remains independence. Indonesia has made it clear that nothing more than autonomy is on offer. The deal -- the fruit of two years of negotiations brokered by Swiss non-profit group the Henry Dunant Center -- was signed in Geneva by an Indonesian official and a representative of the Free Aceh Movement, the Singapore Straits Times reported.
U.N. Council lifts 9-year Angola sanctions
UNITED NATIONS, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- The U.N. Security Council Monday unanimously adopted a resolution ending nine years of sanctions against Angola's UNITA, a former rebel movement that now is an opposition political party. The move comes less than one month from Angola assuming a non-permanent, two-year seat on the council. The measure ends a 1993 ban on travel by UNITA leaders, their exporting diamonds or arms to raise money, and providing fuel for the then rebel movement. It also stands as a kind of coming-of-age mark for the former rebels.
Steel mill smoke can trigger mutations
HAMILTON, Ontario, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Steel mill smoke can mutate DNA, leading to genetic damage that could persist for generations, Canadian scientists reported Monday. The new data in mice suggest wildlife and the hundreds of thousands of people who live or work near steel mills worldwide could experience higher-than-expected rates of inherited genetic diseases. The researchers now are conducting experiments to see if filtering chemical-laden soot can dampen its mutative effects.
Report: Part caused Alaska Air crash
SEATTLE, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- The crash of an Alaska Airlines jet with 88 people aboard nearly three years ago was caused by inadequate lubrication of a critical part that led to a loss of control while the plane was flying along the California coast, it was reported Monday. Sources told CNN the report would be released by the National Transportation Safety Board Tuesday and would focus on the jackscrew that failed and caused Flight 261 to plunge into ocean off Ventura County on Jan. 31, 2000. The report was expected to be critical of federal oversight of Alaska's maintenance practices, and the design of the jackscrew assembly itself, which is a key to controlling the movement of the horizontal stabilizer.
Inmate executed for killing 23 years ago
STARKE, Fla., Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Linroy Bottoson was executed by lethal injection Monday at the Florida State Prison in Starke for the torture and slaying of the 74-year-old postmistress of Eatonville, Fla., 23 years ago. He was pronounced dead at 5:12 p.m., 10 minutes after he was injected. Bottoson had no visitors other than the prison chaplain who looked in on him less than two hours before his death. Bottoson had no last words. His body was not be claimed by family members and will be cremated and the remains buried at the state prison cemetery located outside the prison walls.
Stocks head down in Asia
TOKYO, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Tokyo stocks ended fractionally lower Tuesday as traders sold off technology shares but bought into retail and megabanks. The Nikkei closed off 0.27 percent at 8,804.52. Hong Kong; Seoul, South Korea; Taipei, Taiwan, and Sydney, Australia, also were lower.
Casey Martin fails to regain PGA Tour card
LA QUINTA, Calif., Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Casey Martin's hopes of regaining his PGA Tour card collapsed Monday. Martin, whose debilitating leg ailment has made him a sympathetic figure in the world of golf, carded a 5-over-par 77 in the final round of the National Qualifying Tournament. A member of the PGA Tour in 2000, Martin concluded the grueling six-round event tied for 57th at 5-under 427. A total of 38 players -- the top 35, plus ties -- earned unconditional playing privileges for 2003. At the beginning of the day, Martin was tied for 21st at 10-under and in prime position to get back his card. The cut came at 8-under, meaning Martin needed to shoot 74 to make it.