2A - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, November 16, 2000
8 Palestinians killed in fighting
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -
Israeli soldiers killed eight Palestinians
in bitter clashes yesterday, the highest
death toll in nearly a month. There
were no celebrations to mark what
Palestinians see as their symbolic
independence day -- only more funer-
als and more violence.
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat,
who had promised his people indepen-
dence this year, avoided mention of the
anniversary, but other prominent
Palestinians said they would not stop
fighting until they have a state.
The intense fighting was a sad con-
trast to the funeral of Leah Rabin,
widow of Prime Minister Yitzhak
Rabin. The Israeli leader was assassi-
nated five years ago by a Jewish
extremist who opposed his peace ini-
tiatives. Mrs. Rabin died Sunday of
In what appeared to be a gesture to
the Israeli people, Arafat gave a video-
taped eulogy that was broadcast on
Israeli television. He said, "I put with
all the respects a flower from Palestine
on your coffin, renewing my commit-
ment for peace." The eulogy was not
broadcast on Palestinian television.
But exchanges of gunfire, not talk of
peace, set the tone yesterday.
"The political rhetoric has been
replaced by field action," Palestinian
spokeswoman lanan Ashrawi said in
apparent reference to recent Palestin-
ian ambushes of Israeli soldiers and
settlers on roads in the West Bank and
"In a sense, the army of occupation
and the settlers have become legiti-
mate and select targets of Palestinian
resistance," she said.
Arafat emerged briefly from his sea-
side office in Gaza City to make a
terse plea for the international commu-
nity to "push the peace process for-
Arafat has repeatedly pledged this
year would bring Palestinian sover-
eignty, but the current hostility has
eliminated any chance of a negotiated
settlement for now. He has also backed
away from unilaterally declaring an
Israel, which suspended peace talks
amid the violence, said it would not
resume negotiations until calm is
"We are in the middle of a march
of folly, and this tragic situation
needs to be brought to an end," said
Israeli Foreign Minister Shlomo
ACROSS THE. NATION
Court convicts 3 Los Angeles officei,
LOS ANGELES - Three officers accused of framing gang members=w
convicted of conspiracy and other crimes yesterday in the first trial resulti
from the biggest police corruption scandal in Los Angeles history.
After weighing testimony from a parade of gang members and police offic
the Superior Court jury found Sgts. Brian Liddy and Edward.Ortiz and O fi
Michael Buchanan guilty. A fourth officer, Paul Harper, was acquitted
"There's good cops and there's bad cops," jury foreman Victor Flores sojd.
lot of us on the jury felt that they just didn't happen to cover themselves eriqu
and they never thought it would come back to haunt them."
All four officers were suspended after their arrests. The convicted officers f
one to four years in prison at sentencing Jan. 16, though defense attorneys s"
they will appeal.
The scandal, centered within the anti-gang unit at the LAPD's Rampart s
tion, involves allegations that officers framed gang members, planted eviden
committed perjury and even shot innocent victims.
The scandal has led to the dismissal of about 100 criminal cases tainted
police testimony. Dozens of officers have quit or have been fired or suspec
According to some estimates, it may cost the city S125 million to settle laws
resulting from the scandal.
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Boston plays host to
Amtrak b let train
WASHINGTON - A champagne
christening in Washington, a-gala wel-
come in New York and fireworks in
Boston were on track today to cele-
brate the debut, at last, of America's
first bullet train.
The VIP-only inaugural run of
Amtrak's Acela Express, however, is
just the first step on a long and costly
road toward European-style high-
speed train travel in the United States.
If the idea catches on, Amtrak sees
a bright future for itself and for U.S.
rail travel. "Acela Express is the
leader of all that is yet to come," said
Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson,
chairman of Amtrak's board of direc-
If not, Acela Express could be the
swan song for the federally subsidized
railway that is under orders from Con-
gress to become financially self-suffi-
cient by 2003. Amtrak is relying on
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Clinton keeps quiet
on war in Vietnam
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN,
Brunei - President Clinton has no
intention of apologizing in Vietnam
for the war he bitterly opposed, with
his ambassador to Hanoi saying the
United States has already transformed
relations with its onetime enemy
"from pretty awful to pretty good."
"I don't necessarily think anyone is
looking for an apology," Ambassador
Pete Peterson said yesterday on the
eve of Clinton's visit to Vietnam, the
first by a U.S. president since the fall
of Saigon and the communist takeover
Clinton's anti-war youth probably
is well known in Vietnam, Peterson
said, but "it's never mentioned to ne
and J doubt seriously if there will be
any reference to it at all during his
Not officially, but Clinton's person-
al history as a war protestor and in
avoiding the Vietnam draft are an
unavoidable backdrop to his historic
visit. He is the third president togo
Vietnam - the first ever to Hanoi ,a
the first to a unified Vietnam. Lynd<
Johnson and Richard Nixon pna<
swift, undisclosed visits to wha
then a war zone to rally Amt
scare North Korea
SEOUL, South Korea - Nori
Korea accused South Korea of con
mitting a "serious military provoc
tion" by sending ships into its wate
Tuesday. Although South Ko
officials denied any incursion tI
incident could cast a pall over tI
fledgling rapprochement betwee tt
Through its state news agenc
North Korea warned that itsarn
was "highly alerted" and that " u
Korean military authorities V\fl I
wholly responsible for the c0ns
quences to be entailed by the iril
tary provocations in the Yellow Sea
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