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Quick Guide & Transcript: U.S. and India agree to landmark nuclear deal, Week in Review

(CNN Student News) -- March 3, 2006

Quick Guide

Bush Visits India - Find out what happened when President Bush visited the world's biggest democracy.

Week in Review - Get your class up to speed on the stories that made headlines this week.

Children of War - Learn how Iraqi schoolchildren cope with the dangers of living in a war-torn country.



VERONICA DE LA CRUZ, CNN STUDENT NEWS ANCHOR: Happy Friday, and welcome to this March 3rd edition of CNN Student News! I'm Veronica De La Cruz. A big deal: The president announces a landmark agreement with his Indian counterpart. A big party: Relive a Mardi Gras that some thought, New Orleans wouldn't have this year. And a not-so-big crime fighter: But that doesn't mean she's not worth her weight in doggie biscuits!

First Up: Bush Visits India

DE LA CRUZ: "A very successful trip:" That's how President Bush describes his visit to the world's largest democracy. He met with India's leader yesterday, and they announced a major deal between their countries: Under it, international inspectors will be able to check up on India's civilian nuclear program, for the first time. Brianna Keilar brings us highlights from India, and tells us where the president's headed next.


BRIANNA KEILAR, CNN REPORTER: Eight years after the United States imposed sanctions on India for a series of nuclear tests, President Bush made his first visit to the country. He honored the father of Indian independence, Mahatma Ghandi, before announcing a landmark nuclear agreement with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH: The whole purpose of the advanced energy initiative is to end our dependence on oil.

KEILAR: The agreement will permit the U.S. to provide expertise and fuel to India. In turn, India will allow international inspectors to oversee its civilian nuclear energy program.

MANMOHAN SINGH, INDIAN PRIME MINISTER: This is not just good for the two countries but also benefits the international community.

KEILAR: Less than two days before Mr. Bush arrives in neighboring Pakistan, a suicide car bomber in the southern port city of Karachi killed a U.S. diplomat near the entrance to the American consulate. The blast propelled the diplomat's car over the wall of the consulate compound, killing at least three other people. The president said the violence would not deter him.

BUSH: Terrorists and killers are not going to prevent me from going to Pakistan.

KEILAR: Karachi is known as a center for terrorist groups, but the president does not have a scheduled visit there this weekend. He will be in the Pakistani capital of Islamabad. In Washington, I'm Brianna Keilar for CNN Student News.


Week in Review

DE LA CRUZ: Maybe your plane made a stop or two before you got to your last destination. And Air Force One did the same thing on the way to India. The difference was, none of the reporters aboard knew about it! Deanna Morawski has the scoop in our Week in Review.


DEANNA MORAWSKI, STUDENT NEWS REPORTER: President Bush paid a surprise visit to Afghanistan Wednesday, meeting with the country's president and U.S. troops stationed there.

PRESIDENT BUSH: We want to be here to help Afghanistan grow its democracy.

MORAWSKI: It was the president's first trip to Afghanistan. He said it's a matter of time before terrorist leader Osama bin Laden and former Taliban ruler Mullah Mohammed Omar are caught. Afghanistan's former rulers, the Taliban, were accused of harboring bin Laden -- a reason why the United States went to war in 2001. Iraqi state TV says no vehicles -- except for official ones providing essential services - will be allowed to drive on Baghdad streets Friday, the weekly Muslim holy day. After a week of religious and insurgent violence, the one-day ban is intended to prevent possible attacks... Like a car bomb that exploded in a Baghdad neighborhood Wednesday. 23 were killed and hundreds more in religious-based violence that followed last week's destruction of a Shiite mosque in Samarra. Meanwhile, the trial of Saddam Hussein has adjourned until March 12th. This week, Hussein said he ordered the trials of 148 people, blamed for trying to assassinate him in 1982. But prosecutors say Hussein went well beyond trying them, and actually ordered their deaths and the killings of some of their family members. And it was a triumph of spirit in New Orleans this week. Thousands of partygoers celebrated Mardi Gras, despite lingering hurricane damage throughout the city. The season of revelry is vital to the local economy. And though the party was shorter and smaller this year, many residents found it a hopeful sign:

GREG LACAZE, MARDI GRAS CELEBRANT: This could be the catalyst. This could be the shot in the arm that we need to get it back to normal again.

MORAWSKI: And that's your Week in Review. I'm Deanna Morawski.


Word to the Wise


harbor: (verb) to give shelter or refuge to someone

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Children of War

DE LA CRUZ: Yesterday we showed you how some U.S. troops returning from war zones had a tough time adjusting. But what's it like to live in a place where explosions and gunfire, are sounds you hear almost every day? Arwa Damon takes us to school with some children of Baghdad.


ARWA DAMON, CNN REPORTER: These school boys don't even flinch at the sound of gunfire. Six-year-old Houda walks to school with her brother and sister - her tattered backpack almost as big as she is. Despite the violence not many parents bring their kids to school. I am scared to go out, Houda says, but she has to overcome her fear every day.

Miss Rahima is trying to get her kids to concentrate on math class. Houda is paying more attention to her coloring book than what's on the chalkboard. She doesnt care much for math - she wants to be a gym teacher. Barbie sneakers - Barbie pencil case - and her mom promised her more.

"I am happy," Houda says "because my mom said she would buy me toys and things and new clothes. But I said daddy I don't want, because daddy needs to make money."

Like many students here, her parents don't talk to her about the country's violence - they just say don't go out. As Houda's classmates compete to answer Miss Rahima's questions, Mohammad in the back is not being called on, but it's not his favorite subject anyway; that would be religion. Ask him if he's ever scared and the answer is a defiant "no, no!"

At recess our camera gets the attention. Though Mohammad just wants to eat his apple. Violence, sectarian divide, insurgent attacks are not topics of conversation here. Professors say that the kids go through so much trauma outside of school, they want this to be an environment where they can just have fun, focus on their studies, and just be kids.

The fourth grade divas - Han'an and her gang - rule the playground. She likes showing off her sense of fashion. But then its to religion class and the vivacious girls are subdued; the scarves that were draped on their shoulders now cover their hair.

The parents of Han'an - the wanna-be engineer - tell her not to be afraid. She'll do her chores when she gets home and then play - but not outside.

HAN'AN, IRAQI STUDENT: I don't go in the streets, she says, I just go to my friend's house.

DAMON: These kids may seem like any others, but teachers say the effects of the war can be found just below the surface. "I am scared of the explosions," Houda says...Now at night...but she's lost her thought before she is able to finish. Arwa Damon, CNN, Baghdad.


DE LA CRUZ: We should mention that the Cartoon Network is a part of Time Warner, the parent company of CNN, which prepared that report.

Women's History Month

RACHEL RICHARDSON, CNN REPORTER: You may not know the name Meg Whitman, but you no doubt know the name of the company she runs - eBay. Born in 1957, Whitman grew up in Cold Spring Harbor, New York, on Long Island. In the late 1970's, she earned an undergraduate degree from Princeton University and a master's degree in business administration from Harvard University. Before joining eBay, Whitman held top-level jobs at a number of major companies, including Walt Disney, Stride Rite, and FTD. In the late 1990's, she was tapped to become president and CEO of the online auction firm eBay. Under her leadership, the company's revenues for 2000 exceeded $430 million -- an increase of 92% over 1999. Ebay continues to thrive. In 2005, it generated revenues of more than $4.5 billion and posted a record 1.9 billion listings. Whitman has been described as "relentlessly optimistic"; just one key to her success. Celebrating the achievements of Meg Whitman, this Women's History Month.


DE LA CRUZ: There's a new activity online for Women's History Month. And we'll be posting more, as March marches on! Just keep your browser tuned to our Web site... As you keep your TV tuned, to CNN Student News!

Off the Beaten Path

DE LA CRUZ: Before we go, Carl Azuz takes us "off the beaten path" for a recap of the week's nuttier news!


CARL AZUZ, CNN STUDENT NEWS REPORTER: There's a definite double standard in what people find cute. When I was doing tricks like this at age 26, I was kicked right out of court! But when whales at this Japanese aquarium do it...well, everything old is cute again!

Of course, they can't compete when it comes to advanced entertainment like throwing fruit, but some folks in Italy can! Who needs therapy? These people take out their aggressions the old-fashioned way. The bruises are just part of the fun, and how often can you play and fight with your food, while getting a full day's supply of Vitamin C?

And finally today...How do you downsize a K-9 unit? Here's one way. One of the latest members of Ohio's finest, is two pounds of danger to drug smugglers. At least, she will be when they teach her to sniff out drugs instead of doggie treats. Right now, her main talent is...

DAN MCCLELLAND, GEAUGA COUNTY SHERIFF: Cute. She's cute. She's little. She's very friendly. She likes people a lot.

AZUZ: So this diminutive detective may not strike terror into hard-hearted criminals. But she still has a way of stopping people dead in their tracks! I'm Carl Azuz reporting from Off the Beaten Path.



DE LA CRUZ: And that'll wrap things up for us this week! I'm Veronica De La Cruz. CNN Student News returns Monday

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