Wednesday, January 31, 2007

National and International News-Wednesday, Jan. 31st

CAPITOL HILL (AP) - Congress is about to get another earful on what's gone wrong in Iraq. Members of the Iraq Study Group plan to tell a Senate hearing that poor training by the U-S has left Iraq with shoddy law enforcement and a corrupt judiciary. For starters, they say there weren't enough good trainers.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The special inspector general for U-S reconstruction in Iraq says the (b) billions being spent on security hasn't done the job. Stuart Bowen says the job of reconstruction now falls to the Iraqis, who he says are nowhere near ready to handle it. He's releasing a report today detailing the waste.

BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) - Eight more terrorism arrests in Britain. Police say the suspects were picked up in a series of raids this morning in Birmingham. Charges include suspicion of committing, preparing or instigating terrorism. Police aren't saying specifically what they think the eight did.

WASHINGTON (AP) - An advocate for immigrants says the government's plan to nearly double citizenship fees is going to be "devastating." By law, the Homeland Security citizenship office has to cover its costs with fees. Advocates say Congress should chip in.

LONDON (AP) - Police in Britain have released on bail a man caught with a pitchfork last night on the country estate of Prince Charles. The man's charged with trespassing. It's not clear what he was doing there, but he didn't get into the house. The prince and his wife were reportedly safe inside, asleep.


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