July 22nd, 2005

the perimeter of history

Buried headlines of 7/22

Patriot Act provisions get House boost

WASHINGTON -- The House voted Thursday to make permanent most of the key provisions of the USA Patriot Act, the sweeping law passed in the weeks after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that expanded law-enforcement powers to investigate suspected terrorists.

NYC transit imposes random bag search

NEW YORK -- Passengers entering New York-area subways, buses, ferries and the commuter rail system will be subject to random bag searches under an unprecedented security measure adopted Thursday, shortly after London's transit system was bombed for the second time in two weeks.

Beijing's 'Thursday surprise'

HUA HIN, Thailand - At 8:00 local time on Thursday, July 21, the People's Bank of China (PBoC), China's central bank, released the text reprinted here. The most important parts of the statement were items 1 and 3, which said: "starting from July 21, [the] RMB [aka yuan] will no longer be pegged to the US dollar", and "The exchange rate of the US dollar against the [yuan] will be adjusted to 8.11 yuan per US dollar at the time of 19:00 hours of July 21, 2005."


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"I saw them (police) offload five shots into the person on the floor," eyewitness Mark Whitby told BBC television. "I saw them kill a man."