Date: Sunday, March 18 2007
An audit by the inspector general of the United States Justice Department charged that the FBI has engaged in "serious misuse" of the USA Patriot Act to collect the confidential phone, bank, and credit records of U.S. citizens without first obtaining a search warrant.
The scandal surrounding the firing of eight federal prosecutors continued to unfold as it became clearer from congressional testimony that the attorneys had resisted political pressure from the White House to subordinate law enforcement priorities to partisan politics.
The United Nations reported that 2 million Iraqis, including the judge who sentenced Saddam Hussein to death, have fled their country since the war began; according to the State Department, the United States has accepted 500 of those refugees.
The Israeli ambassador to El Salvador was recalled after police found him in the embassy, drunk and naked except for bondage gear, with a rubber ball stuffed in his mouth.
The Swedish authorities were seeking the power to spy on any email or phone call into or out of the country
Israel and Iran have a "mainly negative" influence in the world. Canada and Japan were the most positively viewed countries
in France a new law made it a crime--punishable by up to five years in prison--for anyone who is not a professional journalist to film real-world violence and put the images on the Internet
The United Nations announced that Afghanistan's yield of heroin poppies rose 25 percent last year.