Milestones Aug. 15, 2005

APPOINTED. JOHN BOLTON, 56, controversial nominee for U.S. ambassador to the United Nations; by George W. Bush, during Congress's August recess, the timing of which allowed the President to install the caustic critic of the U.N. without congressional approval; in Washington. Democrats had blocked a confirmation vote for months amid allegations that the former State Department official had manipulated intelligence to suit his ideology, bullied subordinates and tried to reassign those who disagreed with him. Bush said the post was "too important to leave vacant any longer."

DIED. STEVEN VINCENT, 49, freelance journalist reporting on the rise of Shi'ite fundamentalism and...

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