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Bombings put pressure on Arafat
JFERUSALEM (AP) -A suicide bomber set off an
explosion at a busy intersection in northern Israel yes-
terday, failing to kill anyone other than himself but
intensifying already heavy American and Israeli pres-
sure on Yasser Arafat.
Secretary of State Colin Powell said a string of
recent bombings are "destroying his (Arafat's) authori-
ty and credibility," and Vice President Dick Cheney
told NBC's "Meet the Press" that "until Arafat demon-
strates that he is serious about suicide attackers, there
won't be progress."
The United States and Israel have demanded that
Arafat do more to stop terrorists; the Palestinian leader
says he is already cracking down on them and that 180
have been arrested. So long as the terrorism continues,
Israel says its incursions into Palestinian territory are
In the West Bank yesterday, Israeli soldiers killed
five Palestinians and detained 30 suspected militants in
raids on two villages.
American diplomatic efforts hit a rough patch as
peace envoy Anthony Zinni told Israeli and Palestinian
security officials that if they didn't make real progress
in the next 48 hours, he would consider leaving the
region, one Israeli official said on condition of
The Israeli said Zinni _ who arrived in Israel just
two weeks ago, saying he would stay as long as it took
to restore calm and restart peace talks _ stood up and
left talks between the two sides after issuing his ultima-
U.S. Embassy spokesman Paul Patin declined to
comment on the- meeting yesterday afternoon at
Jerusalem's King David Hotel, other than to say the
United States planned to convene another in a few
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon warned after the
botched bombing in the northern port city of Haifa that
Israeli strikes on the Palestinian territories were likely
"In light of what is going on, we will apparently
have to increase our (military) activity,"he said.
The Haifa bombing, which killed the attacker and
slightly injured 11 bystanders, came exactly a week
after another suicide bomber detonated himself on a
bus there, killing 15.
That attack and one that killed 11 in Jerusalem the
night before set off a new crisis, prompting Israel to
strike Palestinian police and security installations.
An Israeli official, speaking on condition of
anonymity, said yesterday's bomber had intended
to set off two explosions, one to draw rescue
workers to the scene and then a larger bomb
strapped to his body.
Instead, he blew himself up when police confronted
him. Emergency workers found a second bomb hours
later and detonated it in a controlled explosion.
Palestinian security sources identified the attacker
NEWS IN BRIEF
HEADLINES FROM AROUND THE WORLD
Middle East peace topic at EU summit
European Union ministers plan to try their hand at Middle East peacemaking
today before opening a week of intense negotiations to resolve several internal
disputes within their 15-nation bloc.
The EU has invited Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres and top Palestinian
negotiator Nabil Shaath for talks in an effort to halt resurgent violence in the
The pair are scheduled to meet Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofs-
tadt, who holds the EU's rotating presidency, and EU foreign ministers
gathered here. European officials, however, expressed little hope of a
"We realize how difficult and fragile the situation is," said Belgian Foreign
Minister Louis Michel, who will chair Monday's ministerial meeting.
The ministers will also look at the EU's role in the war against terrorism, and
plans to help stabilize and rebuild Afghanistan now the Taliban have fallen.
The meeting was originally called to prepare for the EU's year-end summit to
be held in Brussels Friday and Saturday.
To ensure the summit runs smoothly, the EU foreign ministers will try to over-
come differences on various issues.
CROSSMAGLEN, Northern Ireland
22 police officers injured in IRA riots
Irish Republican Army supporters armed with clubs, fence posts and other
makeshift weapons clashed with riot police and soldiers yesterday at three British
security installations near the Northern Ireland border.
Police said 22 officers suffered mostly minor injuries, but two with head wounds
were airlifted by helicopter to a Belfast hospital. The officers reported firing two
plastic bullets to force back protesters outside one army watchtower and used
batons and a further plastic bullet to beat back protesters who had forced their way
into the main barracks used by soldiers and police in Crossmaglen.
One soldier suffered burn injuries after protesters filled a large oil drum with
gasoline and set it alight against the barracks' main gate, police said. Two military
dogs were also injured in the attack on the base.
Police said they had arrested four people during yesterday's protests - two men
and two teen-agers - and had videotaped the scuffles outside the watchtowers in
the hope of identifying people in the crowd. Warning signs outside each base read,
"This is a prohibited place within the meaning of the Official Secrets Act. Unau-
thorized persons in the area will be arrested and prosecuted."
Jews light candles during a Hanukkah celebration
yesterday at Zion Square, the place of the suicide
bombing attack last week in Jerusalem.
as Nimr Abu Sayfien, 20, from the town of Yamoun
in the northern West Bank.
About 3,000 people marched through Yamoun later
to show support for Abu Sayfien's family, some shout-
ing "Intefadeh until victory!"
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NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - President
Daniel arap Moi's palatial residence in
Kabernet Gardens comes with a view: a
patchwork of rusting corrugated tin
roofs as far as the eye can see.
Moi didn't have to travel far when he
visited the giant Kibera slum a few
weeks ago and said that rents for the
brick houses, cardboard dwellings and
mud huts were too high and should be
reduced. The pronouncement sparked a
rent strike by slum dwellers and, last
week, fierce ethnic clashes between
mainly Luo tenants and their Nubian
landlords who trace their origins to
Yesterday, Kenyan authorities contin-
ued their efforts to restore calm to East
Africa's largest slum. So far,'about a
dozen people have been killed and hun-
dreds more injured in battles where the
combatants hacked and beat each other
with machetes, daggers and woden
"If they try to destroy us, we'll react
viciously," said 32-year-old Abdullah
Ali, a Nubian whose family'rents out
several shacks. "We don't have guns, but
we have many daggers and Allah on our
The rent battle in Kibera is a problem
seen across much of Africa, according
to Johnnie Carson, the U.S. ambassador
to Kenya. Many rural residents relocate
to urban areas searching for jobs and a
better life, only to encounter unemploy-
ment, a lack of affordable housing, and
other social ills. They settle in places
such as Kibera, where some 700,000
people are crammed into an area small-
er than some American university cam-
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP)
- After nearly a decade of stability,
the fear is back for Argentines. They
are watching their savings warily, wor-
ried that the dark past of triple-digit
inflation and economic chaos is about
The tension is palpable along the
stately boulevards of the capital,
known as the Paris of Latin America,
with passers-by visiting currency
changers to check the latest rates and
patrons of the street cafes talking
about ways to protect their cash.
"People are bracing for the worst,
they don't know what to expect," said
waiter Ilernan Bellessi, serving coffee
and croissants to a half-empty Cafe
Tortoni. "The fear is the lid could
come off at any time."
A $132 billion debt crisis and four
years of recession have left Argentina
teetering on the edge of financial col-
lapse, struggling to maintain some
A slew of measures have failed to
re-ignite the economy, and now inter-
national lending has been cut off. Pres-
sure is hivrh on the country's finances.
CAPE CANAVERAL. Flay
into space staion
Astronauts aboard the linked space
shuttle Endeavour and international
space station unloaded supplies yester-
day for the three men who will remain
in orbit until May.
The most noteworthy payloads,
though, are staying on the shuttle:
thousands of US. flags in tribute to
those killed on Sept. 11.
Six thousand of the small flags will
be distributed after Endeavour's flight
to victim's relatives and some of the
survivors of the tragedy. The larger
flags will be returned to Pennsylvania,
the Pentagon and New York, where
one of them was flying at the World
Trade Center when the hijacked airlin-
ers slammed into the towers.
That flagis ripped and stil smells of
smoke. Shuttle commander Dominic
Gorie said before the mission that he
was reluctant to unpack it in space for
fear it would trigger smoke alarms.
First Ebola outbreak
confirmed in Gabon
An outbreak of fever in the west
African nation of Gabon has been con-
firmed as the deadly disease Ebola, the
World Health Organization said yes-
It is the world's first documented
outbreak of Ebola since last year in
Uganda, where 224 people - includ-
ing health workers - died from the
virus. Ebola is one of the most virulent
viral diseases known to humankind,
causing death in 50 to 90 percent of all
clinically ill cases.
"It's been confirmed by a laboratory
in Gabon," WHO spokesman Gregory
Hartl told The Associated Press.
"We've had reports that seven people
Hartl said WHO has already sent
a team to help the coastal nation and
that a second team of four special-
ists would leave Geneva for Gabon
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Doctors said they were growing
more hopeful yesterday about the
condition of five refugees fighting for
their lives after a journey in a ship-
ping contajner that killed ight.otherr.
The survivors - four men and one
woman - remained in critical condi-
tion, but their conditions have stabi-
lized said' Dr. Paddy ML iernan, a
consultant physician at Wexford Gen-
"We are much more hopeful about
them now," he said, though he added
that the woman in particular remained
critically ill. The patients were being
treated for respiratory problems and
hypothermia, doctors said.
A trucker discovered the survivors
and eight dead bodies amid his cargo
of office furniture Saturday after hear-
ing moaning and pounding noises as
he neared the town of Wexford, 70
miles south of Dublin.
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