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United States

Resolution links 9/11 to Iraq

Mention of the war in Iraq clouded a House resolution marking the third anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, and 16 lawmakers voted Thursday against the otherwise non-controversial measure. Repre-sentative Maurice Hinchey, of New York, a Democrat, one of 15 Democrats and one Republican to cast no votes, said linking the Sept. 11, 2001 acts of terrorism to the war in Iraq was "blatantly untrue" and had turned a resolution honoring the sacrifices of Sept. 11 victims into a political document. "Why are we putting together a resolution that convolutes the issue?'' asked Representative Barbara Lee, a Democrat who voted `no.' The vote was 406-16.

The Vatican

War on terror a `world war'

A leading Vatican cardinal said on Tuesday that terrorism was a new world war and fighting it may involve the loss of some civil liberties. "We have entered the Fourth World War," said Cardinal Renato Martino, head of the Vatican's Council for Justice and Peace, saying he believed that the Cold War was World War Three. "I believe that we are in the midst of another world war," he said in comments published in Italian media on Tuesday. "And it involves absolutely everyone because we don't know what will happen when we leave a hotel, when we get on a bus, when we go into a coffee bar. War itself is sitting down right next to each and every one of us," he said.

Philippines

Army on alert before Sept 11

The military went on heightened alert Wednesday ahead of the third anniver-sary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the US, a spokes-man said. Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Lucero said troops have been ordered to incr-ease security patrols and visibility in possible targets of attacks until today. While there has been no specific threats, Lucero said, "We are not putting our guard down. Remember in two days, we will be commemorating the third anniversary of 9/11," he said. Security experts have warned that the Philippines was a potential target of terrorists in the region.

Pakistan

Islamists plan demonstration

A coalition of radical Pakistani Islamic groups plans to stage rallies on the third anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the US to condemn Washington for "creating anarchy" in the world, an official said Monday. "We want to con-vince people that peace is becoming difficult in the world because of American policies after the Sept. 11 attacks," said Shahid Shamsi, a spokesman for the Muta-hida Majlis-e-Amal, or United Action Forum, opposition coalition. The rally was organized by an influential bloc of law-makers in Pakistan's Parliament. It opposed the war that ousted the Taliban regime in Afghanistan.

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