...and Ralph’s view TOP 10 NEWS ITEMS OF THE WEEK

Townsville Bulletin - - Weekend Extra / Regional News -

1Road

toll — as the na­tional hol­i­day road toll moved past 30, there was wide­spread con­cern and calls for greater mea­sures to stop driv­ers who refuse to heed warn­ings. 2Iraq —

pres­sure re­mained on Ge­orge Bush af­ter news that 2983 Amer­i­cans had been killed in Iraq. 3Drought

and cli­mate change — the ter­ri­ble con­di­tions in rural ar­eas has led to re­newed calls for a more co­or­di­nated approach to wa­ter re­sources and a rapid re­sponse to cli­mate change. 4Sad­dam

Hus­sein — the Iraqi Crim­i­nal Court re­jected an ap­peal by Sad­dam against his death sen­tence. 5Bush­fires —

a large fire con­tin­ued to burn across bush­land in the Vic­to­ria’s north-east. 6Ger­ald

Ford dies — Pres­i­dent Ford, who took over from Richard Nixon af­ter Water­gate, died aged 93. 7AWB—

The Howard Gov­ern­ment has ended wheat ex­porter AWB’s mo­nop­oly sta­tus, an­nounc­ing two new bulk wheat ex­port li­cences. 8In­done­sian

floods — al­most 400,000 peo­ple have been dis­placed and more than 200 killed or miss­ing af­ter flood­ing on Su­ma­tra. 9Palm

Is­land death in cus­tody — Pre­mier Peter Beat­tie re­mains un­der strong pres­sure af­ter the for­mer judge ap­pointed to un­der­take a re­view in the case stood down. 10War

in So­ma­lia — In­ter­na­tional con­cern is in­creas­ing over the border strug­gle be­tween Ethiopia and So­ma­lia.

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