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-Bush demands release of plane crew in China

HAIKOU, China (AP) - American diplomats met
-last night with the crew of a U.S. spy plane, nearly
,thyee days after it made an emergency landing at a
Chinese military base after colliding with a Chinese
fighter jet. An American diplomat said they were in
good health but gave no indication when they would
.x released.
President Bush demanded that China allow the 24
-crew members to leave and return the surveillance
:.-plane.
"This accident has the potential of undermining
our hopes for a fruitful and productive relationship
between our two countries," Bush said in Washington.
"To keep that from happening our servicemen and
women need to come home."
Army Brig. Gen. Neal Sealock, the U.S. Embassy
dofense attache, was allowed to meet late yesterday

with the 24 crew members. It was their first contact
with an American official since their EP-3 surveil-
lance plane landed on the tropical Chinese island of
Hainan after a collision with a Chinese fighter jet.
"They are in good health," Sealock said of the
American servicemen and women. He said U.S.
officials were working for their release, but gave
no indication that would happen immediately.
"Our goal is to get them home as soon as possi-
ble," Sealock said.
U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell called yes-
terday for the "rapid" return of the crew and the
sophisticated surveillance plane as he welcomed
the meeting with the crew. Bush had complained
about Chinese delays in allowing the meeting.
"I'm encouraged by the fact that the meeting is
taking place. It shouldn't have taken this long to

happen'" Powell said in Key West, Fla. "But, now
that it has happened, I hope this starts us on a
road to a full and complete resolution of this mat-
ter."
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhu
Bangzao said the crew's fate would be decided in
light of a Chinesc investigation. Asked at a Bei-
jing news conference when the crew would be
released, Zhu replied: "I don't know."
China demanded the United States apologize
for the collision, which it blamed on the Ameri-
can plane.
.Zhu refused to say whether Chinese officials
had boarded the plane, which is packed with hi-
tech surveillaince equipment. But he dismissed
U.S. claims that the plane is sovereign American
territory and therefore cannot be boarded.

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Politi-
cians had better watch their words in
Iowa, or pretty soon they could wind up
behind bars - at least in theory.
Legislators are poised to ban lying on
the campaign trail in this state that draws
herds of candidates before its presiden-
tial caucuses every four years. Several
states already have clean campaign laws.
Iowa's House approved a bill 96-0 last
week that would make it a crime for a
politician to say things about a riv'al the
candidate "knows to be untrue, decep-
tive, or misleading."

NEWS IN BRIE
BELGJRADE, Yugoslavia
Yugoslav president may face execution
Slobodan Milosevic may face charges at home that carry the death penalty,
Yugoslav authorities said yesterday, and the country's president ruled out extradit-
ing his predecessor to the U.N. war crimes tribunal anytime soon.
Milosevic has been jailed at Belgrade's Central Prison while authoiities t*o
build a case for corruption and abuse of power against the 59-year-old deposed
leader.
.But yesterday, Serbian Interior Minister Dusan Mihajlovic said the investiga-
tion pointed to more serious offenses allegedly committed during Milosevic's 13-
year rule.
"There are ... indications that Slobodan Milosevic was involved in severe crim-
inal acts for which the death penalty is provided," Mihajlovic told reporters in
Vienna, Austria.
Mihajlovic did not elaborate. However, Serbia's prime minister, Zoran Djindjic,
told The Boston Globe in an interview that Milosevic will be charged within two
months of ordering the murders of personal and political enemies.
Djindjic also said that he expected that Milosevic's wife, Miijana, a key pe-
cal figure, will also be accused of murder.
Executions in Yugoslavia are carried out by firing squad.
Palestinians wounded in Israeli air assault
Israeli helicopters fired rockets at Palestinian Author ity buildings in the Gaza
Strip yesterday after a mortar attack from Palestinian areas critically injured a 10-
month-old Jewish baby and wounded his mother.
At least 22 Palestinians, including at least two Palestinian policempri, #e
wounded in the half-hour assault, doctors said.
It was Israel's third air attack on Palestinian targ~ets in a week. The baby boy
was wounded eight days after the slaying of a I10-month-old Jewish girl - a
shooting the army said was done by a Palestiinian sniper - provoked anger
among Israelis.
At least seven Israeli helicopter gunships could be seen hovering in the night
sky over Gaza City. Israeli officials said Israel was also firing from land, but
denied reports from the scene that some of the fire was comning from the Mediter-
ranean Sea.
"They are targeting all of us! All the Palestinian people are in danger!" shouted
Ali Hassan, a Palestinian policeman who fired a bullet into the air as he ran for

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WILMINGTON, Del,
Bush continues
domestic tour
When one of the dozen partici-
pants in the forum that was organized
for Bush described a program of
tutoring in a church, the president
perked up.
"I want you all to hear - it's an
interesting thing he just said. He said
the tutorials take place in the church,"
the president said, making an oblique
reference to criticism that such pro-
grams might cross the line separating
public education anid religion.
"it means we need to focus on the
child and not on the process," he
added.
At another point, Bush praised a
Kiwanis Club mentoring program,
saying it recognizes "that. America
will be changed one soul at a time."
"Community programs or faith-
based programs are just as capable
about running programs as anybody
else is,' the president said.
MIAMI.
Reports: Bush would
have won F'lorida
A newspaper review of Florida's
"undervote" ballots concludes that Presi-
dent Bush would almost ceirtainly still
have won the state had the U.S. Supreme
Court allowed a hand recount to be com-
pleted. The Miami Herald and USA
Today reported in today's editions that
Bush would have expanded his 537-vote
victory to a 1,665 margin if the recount
ordered by the Florida Supreme Court

had gone ahead under the most inclusive
standards, where even partial punches
and dimples are counted as votes.
When the process was stopped,
recounts using a variety of standards had
already had been completed in seven
counties and in 139 Miami-Dade County
precincts. But the Herald reported' that
the balance would have tipped tl
Gore if a recount of the undervotes d
been started from scratch in all 67 Flori-
da counties using the most inclusive
standards.
HAVANA
Lennon statue put
under 24-hour guard
Who keeps swiping John Lennon's
glasses? 0'
Twice in three months, thieves have
ripped the bronze granny glasses off a
statue of the former Beatle in a neighbor-
hood park here. That's a fairly gutsy
prank, considering that President Fidel
Castro, who is not soft on crime, person-
ally unveiled the statue last December on
the 20th anniversary of Lennon 's death.
Now Lennon, once a pariah blasted by
Castro's revolutionaries as a purvey f
the worst kind of imperialist-pig min rot
(they favor a different Lenin here), sits
tinder 24-hour guard, blessed by Castro
and fitted with new glasses welded tight
to his ears and nose.
"They are not going to get them again,
at least not on my shift," said Norma
Lidia Bandera Blanco, a former cook
who sits in a rickety beach chair eight
hours a day, part of a squad that never
leaves Lennon's side.
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