Milestones May 1, 2006

NOMINATED. Jawad al-Maliki, 56, hard-line Shi'ite leader; to replace outgoing Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari after he agreed to abandon a bid to keep his post; in Baghdad. Al-Maliki was endorsed by Iraq's Kurdish President, Jalal Talabani, as well as other key Sunni Arab and Kurdish leaders who said they would support him in the hope of ending a months-long political deadlock.

CONVICTED. George Ryan, 72, ex-Governor of Illinois; of racketeering, mail fraud, making false statements to FBI agents and tax evasion, in one of the biggest corruption scandals in state history; in Chicago. The accusations ended the Republican's political career...

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