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Top News Stories 2008-03-24 06:58:51

Front Page: Casualites Reach 4,000, Torch Lit, PA Deadline

  • The US death toll in Iraq reached 4,000 yesterday after four soldiers were killed in a roadside bombing in Baghdad. This sad milestone is likely to fuel calls for the withdrawal of American forces as the war enters its sixth year. The fatal attacks came amid heavy shelling on the US-protected Green Zone which also killed 61 Iraqis. The grim tally of US deaths has a companion list, that of Iraqi casualties. One widely respected count is by Iraq Body Count, which collects figures based mostly on media reports, estimates that 82,349 to 89,867 Iraqi civilians have lost their lives in the conflict.

  • The Olympic torch has been lit at a ceremony briefly disrupted by protesters. At the lighting held in Greece, two pro-Tibet activists broke through the mass of 1,000 police officers in Olympia and tried to display a flag as China's envoy spoke. During the speech by the head of the Beijing Olympic committee, two men ran up behind him attempting to display a black flag depicting the Olympic rings made from handcuffs. The men were swiftly contained and removed by police and the ceremony continued uninterrupted. The torch will now begin the journey around Greece before being sent to China to start a trip through 20 countries, returning to Beijing on 08.08.08.
  • Today marks the deadline for Pennsylvania voters to register to vote prior to the state's big primary. The April 22 contest could prove to be a pivotal point in the campaign with 188 delegate votes at stake.
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