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10 tourists killed by Egyptian gunmen


I t

6 Twenty-four people
Were wounded, including
seven hospitalizations
CAIRO, Egypt (AP)--Three men in
white shirts and ties strode calmly up to
.,bus as German tourists climbed
aboard yesterday -- then pulled a gun
od explosives from a black plastic bag.
Ten people were killed in a hail of gun-
fire and firebombs that set the bus
The noontime attack - which police,
blamed on Muslim radicals - sent
;frightened tourists and bystanders
streaming in panic from Cairo's
Egyptian Museum, a major tourist land-
-mark that contains one of the world's
.tgreatest collections of Pharaonic antiq-
Police fired on the gunmen, wound-
"irng and capturing two of them. A third
suspect was arrested nearby as hun-

dreds of people fled the museum,
famed for its rich gold artifacts from the
tomb of King Tut.
There was no immediate claim of
responsibility, but police described the
gunmen as Muslim extremists. The
attack came three days after Egypt con-
victed 72 people of subversion in its
largest trial yet of Muslim extremists.
"I saw one man hurl a Molotov cock-
tail at the left side of the bus, while
another opened fire," said Mohammed
Fadl, an office worker. "There was
black smoke coming out of the bus, and
then it burst into flames"
"The whole place was in panic," said
Stephen Thomas, a Briton who was vis-
iting the museum with his wife and two
Another witness, an American from
Buffalo, N.Y., who gave his name only
as Mark, said the gunfire continued "for
what must have been 10-15 minutes. It
was crazy, people were running"

Other witnesses said the gunmen
threw one firebomb under the bus and
another inside.
Twenty-four people were wounded,
including seven hospitalized in stable
condition in Qasr el-Aini hospital,
police said. Officials said other victims
were treated and released, but had no
More than 30 German tourists were
already on the bus when the gunmen
opened fire shortly after noon, when the
museum was crowded with visitors and
nearby Tahrir Square was jammed with
pedestrians and vehicles.
After the attack, two bodies, one rid-
dled with bullets, lay across the stairs of
the charred bus, its tires melted and its
windows blown out. Seven other bodies
were inside, some sprawled across the
aisles. A tenth victim died after being
removed from the bus.
There was disagreement over the
nationalities of the dead: police said

nine were Germans and the other was
the Egyptian bus driver. But German
officials said only seven of the dead
were German. Police said six of the
dead were women and four were men.
After the attack, hundreds of police-
men carrying plastic riot shields,
assault rifles tipped with tear gas canis-
ters and rifles sealed off the downtown
museum to search for the gunmen.
Mahmoud Hamdy, the driver of a
tour bus parked nearby, said the attack-
ers wore white shirts and ties and
looked just like any other Egyptian
tourist agent working in the area.
A police statement identified two
of the suspects as Saber Farhat Abu
el-Ulla and his brother Mahmoud. It
said Saber Abu el-Ulla was convict-
ed of a 1993 attack on a Cairo hotel
that killed two Americans and a
Frenchman, and was committed to a
mental institution after being ruled
mentally ill.
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Oilman testifies about lofty donation
WASHINGTON - Blunt and colorful, oilman and international fugitive
Roger Tamraz testified yesterday that his $300,000 in Democratic contribu-
tions won him a meeting with President Clinton over the objections of nation-
al security aides.
"I did believe my contributions gave me access," Tamraz declared in the Senate
hearing room where witnesses in past weeks have denied that political contribu-
tions gained donors favorable treatment.
The millionaire oilman also talked of involvement with the CIA, torture in his
homeland of Lebanon for assisting the United States during a covert operation and
his flight from "trumped up" embezzlement charges.
Now a U.S. citizen who got to pitch his Caspian Sea pipeline project during a
brief encounter with the president, Tamraz bristled at a National Security Counci
assessment of him as an unsavory figure unfit to meet Clinton.
"I would like to know why, after all I have accomplished, lived through, seen anm
participated in, I should be deemed unfit to visit the White House," said Tamraz.
"I have risked my life many times for this country for no material gain."
Tamraz said he donated money to the Democratic Party during the past electior
to "promote myself" and his plan for a pipeline from the Caspian Sea region aws

U.S. trade deficit
soars to $10.3 billion
WASHINGTON - The U.S. trade
deficit soared to $10.3 billion as a
flood of Japanese cars produced the
biggest gap with Japan in two years -
an untimely blow just as the adminis-
tration stepped up efforts to convince
Congress that freer trade is good for the
The Commerce Department reported
yesterday that America's overall July
deficit was up 25 percent from June.
Imports hit an all-time high while U.S.
exports shrank by 1.4 percent.
The politically sensitive deficits with
both Japan and China widened consid-
erably and the trade imbalances with
Germany, Italy and France surged to
So far this year, the trade deficit is
running at an annual rate of $114 bil-
lion, surpassing last year's eight-year
high of $111 billion.
Critics argued that dramatic mid-
course corrections are needed before
President Clinton is granted the author-

ity he is seeking from CongressAt
expand free trade beyond Mexico to the
rest of Latin America.
"We need to switch to a strategy
that generates good jobs and a high
and rising standard of living," said
Robert Scott, an economist at the
labor-financed Economic Pcy
New AIDS cases
drop for first time
ATLANTA -New cases ofAIDSir
the United States fell 6 percent last year
the first drop since the epidemic telar
in the early 1980s, and the governmen
credits powerful new drugs.
The same period also showed a
in AIDS deaths, a trend reported1h
government earlier this year. Deathi
from the disease fell 23 percent, fron
an estimated 50,140 in 1995 to aboui
38,780 in 1996, the Centers for Diseasc
Congtrol and Prevention said yesterday
In 1996, an estimated 56,730 peopk
were diagnosed with AIDS, down fron
the 60,620 new cases in 1995, the CDC


settlers compromise
JERUSALEM - Israel agreed yes-
terday to permit Jews to remain in the
heart of an Arab neighborhood in east
Jerusalem, appeasing hard-line members
of the ruling coalition but angering
Palestinians who called it "a trick.'
The 11 Jews who triggered the crisis
by moving into two buildings Sunday
in the Ras al-Amud neighborhood
vacated the compound yesterday
evening, under an agreement reached
between the government and the owner
of the buildings, Miami millionaire Dr.
Irving Moskowitz.
But several of their supporters
remained at the site, part of the deal
that allows 10 seminary students to stay
on as security guards and workers.
The building dispute between
Palestinians and Jewish militants
touched on the sensitive issue of
Jerusalem's final status. Palestinians
hope to create a Palestinian capital in
east Jerusalem - a move Jewish hard-
liners are determined to prevent.
Israeli government critics said yester-

day's deal had, in effect, sanctioned anev
Jewish settlement in the disputed territor)
But Prime Minister Benjami
Netanyahu hoped the compromis
would satisfy the Palestinians whili
placating right-wing members i
parliamentary coalition who had threat
ened to bring down his government i
the Jews were forcibly expelled.
Chechen frin tean
exeCUtes mudrers
GROZNY, Russia - With bursts c
gunfire from theirAK-47 rifles, mem&
of a Chechen firing squad sent a
message to Moscow yesterday as the
executed two convicted murderers,
The executions, the second thi
month, were carried out under recentl
imposed Islamic law.
They were intended both as a grapt
ic warning.to criminals in the restiv
Muslim republic and as the latest asset
tion of Chechnya's independence fror
Russia, which denounced the carlie
- Compiled from Daily wire report

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September 25, when the world-renowned Chicago
Symphony Orchestra performs with conductor/
pianist Christoph Eschenbach. Instead of spending
your weekend with screaming fans, why not spend
your Friday evening with one of U-M's most talented
football fans, famed violinist Nadja Salerno-
Sonnenberg? Following the two orchestral programs
in Hill Auditorium and a day of residency activities
at the U-M School of Music, Eschenbach joins four
of the leading wind players from the Chicago
Symphony Orchestra for a chamber program in
Rackham Auditorium on Saturday.



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The Chicago Syuphonl Orchestra Weekend
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[hicago Sqinphonq Orchestra
Christoph Eschenbach, conductor
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Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Christoph Eschenbach, conductor
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and Members of the
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