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Official tried to abort Kuwait bomb


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WASHINGTON (AP) - A US. serviceman at the
scene of the accidental bombing in Kuwait cleared the
F/A-18 Hornet pilot to release his bombs and then
tried belatedly to abort the training strike, U.S. offi-
cials said yesterday.
It appeared that two of three released bombs hit
near the serviceman's observation post, Rear Adm.
Craig Quigley said yesterday. Quigley, speaking for
the Pentagon, would not otherwise confirm the

sequence of events. Five American servicemen and a
New Zealand Army major were killed in the bombing
Monday; three Americans were seriously injured.
Air Force Staff Sgt. Jason Faley, a tactical air con-
troller with the 19th Air Support Operations Squadron
based at Fort Campbell, Ky., was identified as one of
the dead. The four other Americans killed were mem-
bers of the Army. They were identified yesterday as
Staff Sgt. Troy Westberg of Wisconsin, Staff Sgt.

Richard Boudreau of Florida, Sgt. Phillip Freligh of
Nevada and Spc. Jason Wildfong of West Virginia.
Their home towns were not provided.
Acting Army Maj. John McNutt was identified as
the New Zealander killed.
Many details remained unclear. But officials speak-
ing on condition of anonymity yesterday said the for-
ward air controller gave the pilot clearance to launch
his weapons and the three bombs were dropped.

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Arab League gives
Palestinians loan

The Washington Post

CAIRO, Egypt - Jarred by reports
that the Palestinian Authority risks
financial collapse, Arab diplomats
have agreed their governments will
provide $40 million a month to ensure
that Yasser Arafat's administration can
pay workers and reduce Israel's eco-
nomic pressure in the West Bank and
Gaza Strip, the Arab League
announced yesterday.
The recommendation for subsidies
was made by Arab foreign ministers
meeting here late Monday in prepara-
tion for an Arab summit scheduled
March 27-28 in Amman, Jordan, Arab
League Secretary General Esmat
Abdel-Meguid told reporters. It fol-

lowed Palestinian complaints that
Arafat's administration has seen little of
the $1 billion in aid promised by Arab
governments last October to support the
Palestinian uprising against Israel.
Since that pledge, Arab govern-
ments have contributed funds to the
Islamic Development Bank earmarked
for the Palestinians, but have failed to
come up with rules for using the
money in the West Bank and Gaza.
With $230 million on deposit ostensi-
bly to support the Palestinian cause,
the Palestinian Authority still was
unable to pay its workers last month,
prompting U.N. and Western officials
to warn that Arafat's government was
effectively broke and at risk of disinte-

Bush threatens action against strikes
The White House said yesterday that President Bush would move to block
strikes against four major airlines, citing concerns about "crippling the economy
and the traveling public."
White House spokesman Ari Fleischer said Bush would act if authorized b
the National Mediation Board, which handles airline and railroad labor disputes.
"He does not think four airlines striking at the same time, or any number of
those airlines striking,would serve the public well or the economy well," Fleisch-
er said. "He is prepared to act if he has the authority to act"
After seeking a new contract for nearly five years, mechanics at Northwest
Airlines, the nation's fourth-largest, were prepared to go on strike just after mid-
night Monday. But Bush intervened last week, appointing an emergency board to
mediate the matter.
Fleischer brushed aside a reporter's suggestion that Bush's-threatened actions
effectively rob unions of strikes as an option.
Federal law "is bipartisan (and) provides for a cooling-off period in the ever
of an impasse," he said.
"And certainly, in the case of the Northwest strike, there was a multiyear
Defense: Bombing suspect not a terrorist
An Algerian who was arrested with a carload of explosives just before
New Year's Eve 1999 went on trial yesterday on charges of plotting to bomb
Seattle and other U.S. cities during the millennium celebrations.
The arrest of Ahmed Ressam was "a law enforcement success story,0
case of a tragedy averted," federal prosecutor Steven Gonzalez told the jury
in opening statements.
Defense attorney Jo Ann Oliver countered that Ressam was unwittingly
used as a courier for explosives.
"This trial is not going to be about a terrorist bomber," the federal public
defender said. "This is about a young man who fled war-torn Algeria ... a
very quiet person, a religious person and probably a gullible person. He was
used and evidently abused by his friends and left alone in the United States."
Ressam was arrested on Dec. 14, 1999, in Port Angeles, Wash., after
entering the country by ferry from Canada. Authorities said they found
bomb-making materials, including explosives and timing devices, in his
rental car.

spreads to Europe
Foot-and-mouth disease has spread to
continental Europe, with France
announcing its first case of the highly
contagious livestock ailment yesterday.
Europe promptly moved to ban French
livestock exports and the United States
suspended import of animals and ani-
mal products from the European Union.
French officials set up a 11/2-mile
security perimeter, limiting access to the
farm in the Mayenne region, and a
"surveillance perimeter" of six miles.
Mainland Europe has been taking
drastic steps to prevent the disease from
crossing the Channel from Britain,
where the outbreak discovered Feb. 19
has severely hurt the livestock industry.
After the French announcement, the
European Union veterinary panel met
recommended a ban on the export of
French livestock, including cattle, pigs,
sheep, goats and other species at risk
from the disease.
President urged to
declare emergency
Opposition leaders said they would
urge the president to invoke a state of
emergency to give South Africans with
HIV access to cheaper generic drugs.
That won't happen, the country's
health minister, Manto Tshabalala-
Msimang, said yesterday. Invoking a
state of emergency won't solve the
dilemma, she said.
"The issue of affordable medicines

cannot be reduced to a one-dimension-
al debate on declaring a national emer-
gency to secure anti-retroviral drugs
for AIDS management," she said.
The intensity of the debate over
declaring a state of emergency has
shown how divided South Africa -
with 10 percent of its 45 million citi-
zens infected with HIV - remains *
the AIDS issue. By 2010, the average
life expectancy rate in South Africa is
expected to drop to 36 because of the
Gore begins lectures
at Tenn. universities
It's easy to tell when Professor *
Gore is teaching - there's a motor-
cade, Secret Service agents and stu-
dents asking for autographs.
The former vice president has
embarked on a new career as an
educator, and he's pushing a pet
idea at two Tennessee universities
- the connection between families
and communities. He calls the sub-
ject family-centered communi0
building, but even the professor
himself is looking for a snappier
What's it all about? In laymen's
terms, it's the ways families help
their hometowns and the way those
towns help families.
Or, as Gore describes it: "The
whole is greater than the sum of its
parts applies to families and com-
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