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srael issues new


JERUSALEM (AP) -- On the eve of
Secretary of State Madeleine Albright's
attempt to rescue Mideast peace, Israel
raised the stakes yesterday with new
security demands it says Palestinians
must fulfill before they will be given
any more West Bank land.
Palestinians, in turn, accused Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of trying
to blackmail them. "Our only hope is
that the United States will realize that
this is ... an evil attempt to torpedo the
peace process," said Marwan Kanafani,
a spokesperson for Palestinian leader
Yasser Arafat.
The new demands were contained in
a four-page list Israeli officials said
would be given to Albright. In addition
to crushing Islamic militant groups,
Israel said the Palestinians must reduce
the size of their police force, dismiss
their police chief and agree to Israeli
and U.S. monitoring to ensure compli-

Netanyahu complained yesterday
that Arafat's recent efforts to fight
Islamic militants - including the
arrests of 35 activists on Monday -
were symbolic at best and aimed at
appeasing Albright.
"We demand consistency in the treat-
ment of the terrorist infrastructure as an
essential condition for the continuation
of the peace process'" Netanyahu told
the Israeli parliament's Defense and
Foreign Affairs Committee.
"Unless Arafat stops violating his
commitment, and starts fulfilling it -
to fight the infrastructure of the terror-
ist organizations, to jail their leaders, to
confiscate their weapons, to stop incite-
ment towards terrorism, to stop embrac-
ing the leaders of the Hamas terrorist
organization - unless he does all that
we won't have much progress with the
peace process," he said.
Netanyahu blamed Arafat for not pre-
venting suicide bombings by Islamic

Clinton focuses on campaign finance bil
WASHINGTON - President Clinton vowed yesterday to wage a public fight
pass a campaign finance reform bill this fall and to revamp Social Security by the t;
he leaves office - two politically volatile issues that he avoided in his first term.
After supporting an overhaul of fund-raising laws in the 1992 campaign, Clinoi
five years has never launched a high-profile effort to pressure Congress to send I
a bill. Each year, legislation died after filibusters in the Senate, and opponents@ s
ing they will use the same tactic when the measure comes up later this month.
"They may do it, but if they do it this year," Clinton told an audience of stdc
and faculty at American University. "We intend to see that it happens in the
glare of public light."
On the question of entitlement spending programs for the elderly - the soar
costs of which threaten to bust the budget in the next century - Clinton s
Medicare would be addressed by a commission to be named by him and Congr
later this fall.
He was less precise about Social Security, but, using some of the most direct I
guage he has used to date on the subject, promised to do something soon.
"I know a lot of you don't think it's going to be there" by the time today' L
people retire, Clinton told the students. "But it is,... It is wrong to let pec I
into the fund for a benefit they will never receive."

Israeli police officers check the identification of a woman at the site of last
week's triple bombing in Jerusalem.

militants in Jerusalem on July 30 and
last Thursday. The bombings killed 20
Israelis and five assailants.
In its list of demands, Israel said
Arafat must reduce his police force
from the 35,000 officers he recruited to
the 24,000 permitted by the peace
agreement, and fire officers who have
been involved in attacks on Israelis.

Israel also claims the police chief,
Brig. Ghazi Jabali, has incited his men
to attacks against Israel and said he
must be dismissed.
Israel also wants to establish a moni-
toring system, with U.S. participation,
that would allow for inspections and
spot checks to ensure Palestinian com-

Former DNC chair
denies phone calls

The Washington Post
Democratic National Committee chair-
man Donald Fowler testified repeatedly
yesterday that he has no recollection of
telephone calls that Central Intelligence
Agency officials said he made to them on
behalf of a Lebanese American business-
man who he had been warned had a
background "full of significant financial
and ethical troubles."
During a full day of increasingly skep-
tical questioning by Republican mem-
bers of the Senate Governmental Affairs
Committee, Fowler provided low-key
answers almost in a monotone as he
insisted that he had no memory of ever
talking to a shadowy figure who was
identified only as "Bob of the CIA."
Yesterday's hearing, part of the com-
mittee's investigation of campaign
fund-raising improprieties during the
1996 election cycle, focused on Roger
Tamraz, a major Democratic Party con-
tributor who was seeking support from
the Clinton administration for a plan to
build a $2.5 billion pipeline to carry oil
from the Caspian Sea region of Central
Asia to Western markets.
Fowler, who now teaches political sci-
ence at the University of South Carolina,
was directly involved in some of the most

controversial aspects of 1996 Democratic
campaign fund-raising practices and his
testimony was eagerly anticipated. But
by the end of yesterday, his assertions of
lack of memory, particularly about the
alleged calls to the CIA, led some GOP
committee members to question his
Warning Fowler that he was testify-
ing under oath, Sen. Don Nickles (R-
Okla.) said, "There are some things that
make me wonder whether you're really
being truthful with this committee....
Your selective 'I can't recall' I think
does have us question your credibility."
"You may question my credibility if
you wish," Fowler replied gravely. "It is
not justified and it's inappropriate."
Fowler was also questioned about
other Democratic fund-raising prac-
tices, including an event at a Buddhist
temple in California that was attended
by Vice President Gore that raised
money for the Democrats. Saying the
gathering had both political and fund-
raising aspects, "a blended event if you
will," Fowler said, "it is my belief the
vice president did not know about the
fund-raising aspects of that event."
Fowler also denied that there was any
connection between contributions to
the Democratic Party by Indian tribes.

Drug-resistant TB
found in 42 states
CHICAGO - A highly drug-resis-
tant tuberculosis found in only 13 states
six years ago has spread to 42 states,
although the total number of the hard-
to-treat TB cases nationwide has
declined, federal researchers say.
More than 21,000 people got some
type of TB last year in the United States
and more than 1,400 died of it in 1994,
the latest year for which mortality fig-
ures are available, according to the
Centers for Disease Control and
But in the past few years, a form of
TB that resists the two drugs normally
used to cure the bacterial infection has
spread throughout the country.
From 1993 through 1996, a total of
1,457 multi-drug resistant TB cases
were recorded, which is about 2.2 per-
cent of the roughly 66,000 TB cases
that appeared in the United States dur-
ing the same period.
However, the number is on the
decline: There were 488 cases of multi-
drug resistant TB in 1993, but only 237

cases in 1996. Still, the numbers co
climb back up, warn researchers.
"All states must be prepared to d
with drug-resistant TB' said
Marisa Moore, lead author of the C
report published in today's issue of
Journal of the American Medi
VMI suspends ca&
for hitting classmat
LEXINGTON, Va. - Just wee
after enrolling its first coed cla
the Virginia Military Institute' si
pended a female cadet for a year.
striking a male upperclassman.
The incident occurred after cla
es had begun, VMI officia
The military college would T
release details of the offense or ident
the young woman or the man she v
convicted of hitting.
The student was suspended af
her case was heard by the schoc
executive committee Monday a
the penalty was approved by VI
Superintendent Josiah Buntin

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Photo flash may
have blinded driver
PARIS - Photos taken minutes
before Princess Diana's Mercedes
crashed show her driver "dazzled" by a
camera flash, a lawyer said yesterday.
Judicial sources said a new blood test
confirmed the driver was legally drunk.
Traces of anti-depressants also were
found in the driver's blood, Europe-1
radio said. The report could not be con-
firmed, although investigators said they
had "not ruled out" looking for sub-
stances other than alcohol.
What responsibility driver Henri
Paul may have had in the Aug. 31 crash
that killed him, Diana and her beau
Dodi Fayed is a key question in the
Paul was a security officer at the Ritz
Hotel, owned by Fayed's father,
Mohamed Al Fayed. The Fayed family
has defended the driver, blaming the
crash on paparazzi chasing the car.
Bernard Dartevelle, a lawyer for the
Fayed family in Paris, said two frames
from a photographer's roll of film

seized at the crash site show Paul st
tied by a camera flash, Diana's bo
guard pulling down the sun viorJ
Diana looking out the back at a'mot
cycle headlight.
The film is being held by pQe
was not made public. Darteville said
has had access to it, but could not rele
prints or the name of the photograph
Haitian death tollf
closer to 250
saw more than 100 bodies tra
two decks of a sunken ferry yest
day, and disputed earlier accou
that as many as 400 people may h
died, saying the number is closer
On shore, diesel fumes and the $i
ening stench of death pervaded
pebbled beach where thousands off
pie gathered, many crying out as se
al bodies were recovered and wrap
in transparent plastic bags.
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