Milestones Feb. 20, 2006

EXPECTING. PRINCESS KIKO, 39, daughter-in-law of Japanese Emperor Akihito; her third child, news of which has quieted a heated national debate over a succession law as the public awaits word of the baby's gender; in Tokyo. With no male heirs in sight--both Kiko and Crown Princess Masako have so far given birth only to girls--many Japanese have been clamoring to revise the law to allow an empress and subsequently her children to ascend the Chrysanthemum Throne, an event Japan has not witnessed in more than two centuries and officially banned in 1947.

ESCAPED. JAMAL AL-BADAWI, 36, al-Qaeda operative sentenced to death...

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