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04/17/2002

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Scandal Prompts Pope to Call In U.S. Clergy

Pope John Paul II has summoned American cardinals to the Vatican for an extraordinary meeting to talk about sex-abuse scandals in the U.S. church.

Scandal Fells Dutch Government

The Dutch government collapsed Tuesday after Prime Minister Wim Kok's Cabinet resigned over a report condemning the Netherlands' failure to prevent the worst massacre of the Bosnian war.

Southern Europe Yields Gigantic Colony of Ants

A supercolony of ants has been discovered stretching more than 5,000 kilometers from the Italian Riviera along the coastline to northwest Spain.

Powell Sees Progress, Israel Tightens Grip

U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell reported progress in his peace mission Tuesday as Israel stepped up military pressure in the West Bank after promising limited pullbacks in the next few days.

General Strike Brings Italy to a Standstill

Trade unions brought much of Italy to a halt Tuesday, packing cities with flag-waving demonstrators as they staged their first full-day general strike in 20 years to protest government labor reforms.

Large-Scale Operation Targets Taliban Fugitives

U.S.-led forces have launched their first major combat operation in a month against Taliban and al-Qaida fugitives in eastern Afghanistan, officials announced Tuesday.

HP, Compaq Merger Under Investigation

Federal investigators have opened civil and criminal inquiries into reports that Hewlett-Packard Co. might have pressured Deutsche Bank and Northern Trust Corp. improperly to vote in favor of the computer maker's $19 billion acquisition of Compaq Computer Corp., HP said Monday.

Japan Hit by Credit Downgrade

Ministers reacted with a mixture of contrition and resentment Tuesday after ratings agency Standard & Poor's cut Japan's sovereign credit standing to the same level as Malta's.

Andersen in Settlement Talks With Enron, SEC

Lawyers for Enron Corp. employees and investors were scheduled to meet in New York on Tuesday with representatives of Arthur Andersen LLP in an effort to reach a settlement with the weakened accounting giant.

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