SUBDUED SADDAM: Two days after being sentenced to hang for crimes against humanity, ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein was back in court yesterday to face genocide charges against ethnic Kurds in the late 1980s in a separate trial.
Saddam, who on Sunday met his death sentence with defiant cries of "Allahu Akbar!" - God is Greatest - and "Long live Iraq!" was subdued in court yesterday. He filed into the heavily fortified courtroom and took his seat quietly. - Reuters
CORRUPT COMPANY: The World Bank has imposed sanctions against German engineering contractor Lahmeyer International on grounds that it engaged in corrupt business dealings over the Lesotho Highlands Water Project.
Lahmeyer will be ineligible for World Bank contracts for the next seven years. - Sapa-AP
GAZA OFFENSIVE: Israeli forces pulled out of a northern Gaza town overnight after one of their biggest operations in the Palestinian strip in a year.
Palestinian officials said yesterday that Israeli troops killed 52 people during a week-long raid that has centred on Beit Hanoun. - Reuters
CRUCIAL POLL: Americans went to the polls yesterday in congressional elections that have turned into a referendum on the war in Iraq, with the Democrats hoping to seize congress from the Republicans. - Sapa-AFP