Dean hopes for party chairmanship
One-time presidential contender Howard Dean announced his candidacy for the Democratic Party chairmanship Tuesday. Dean's communications director, Laura Gross, said that if he is elected chairman of the party, "he would not run for president in 2008." Dean is banking on strong support from the same activists who fueled his presidential bid and who are heavily represented among the 441 delegates who will gather in February in Washington to select the party leader.
Afghan terror funds cut by $147-million
Countries have seized or frozen $147-million in assets belonging to 435 individuals and groups linked to al-Qaida or the Taliban, crimping terrorist cash flows, Assistant U.S. Treasury Secretary Juan Zarate said Monday. U.N. sanctions require all 191 U.N. member states to impose a travel ban and arms embargo against a list of those linked to Osama bin Laden's terror network and the former Afghan rulers and to freeze their financial assets.
China: Former party leader still lives
Zhao Ziyang, who was purged as China's Communist Party leader after the 1989 Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests, is ill but in stable condition, the government said Tuesday, denying a report that he died. The statement was an extremely rare official disclosure about Zhao, 85, who has been under house arrest for more than 15 years after losing a power struggle in the chaotic aftermath of the military crackdown on the demonstrations.
Teenagers charged in egging from air
Two teenagers were arrested on charges they bombed their high school in Harrisburg, Pa., with a bucket of eggs from a low-flying airplane. The Gettysburg High students, unidentified because they are juveniles, were arrested on charges including risking a catastrophe and reckless endangerment. They were caught after telling others about the June incident, authorities said. The airplane, which belonged to the father of one of the boys, apparently landed at a private family airstrip. Prosecutor Brian Sinnett called the prank "one of the most bizarre cases that I've been involved in."
Former Ukraine Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych said Tuesday he would file massive complaints in the nation's Supreme Court challenging the presidential win by Western-leaning Viktor Yushchenko. Yanukovych contends there was widespread fraud in the Dec. 26 revote, a mirror of the strategy Yushchenko used to gain the annulment of an earlier election in which Yanukovych was declared winner.