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Food drops included in strikes
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S.
military strikes yesterday in
Afghanistan included airdrops of
food, medicine and other humanitari-
an supplies, defense officials said.
Defense Secretary Donald H.
Rumsfeld two C-17 cargo planes
dropped 37,500 food packets to starv-
ing Afghans on the first day of
airstrikes to underscore the message
that the strikes are meant to harm ter-
rorists, not ordinary Afghans.
"To say that these attacks are in any
way against Afghanistan or the
Afghan people is flat wrong," Rums-
The military also dropped leaflets
and made radio broadcasts into
Afghanistan to explain the U.S.
action, he said. Runsfeld did not elab-
orate on what kinds of medicine or
supplies other than food packets were
being dropped into the country.
The airdrops are delivering
"humanitarian daily rations," plastic
pouches of food enriched with vita-
mins and minerals to boost refugees
weakened by hunger and travel. The
drops will be focused on areas inside
Afghanistan, not refugee camps in
Pakistan and other border countries,
Pentagon officials have said.
The food, wrapped so that one
packet has enough for one person for
one day, does not contain any animal
products so as not to violate any reli-
gious or cultural practices. Muslims,
for example, do not eat pork.
The yellow plastic packets are about
the size and weight of a hardcover
book. They have a picture of a smiling
person eating from a pouch, a stencil
of an American flag, a notation that
,they were made by Rightaway Foods
of McAllen. Texas, and this greeting in
English: "This food is a gift from the
United States of America."
Inside are several smaller packets
with food such as peanut butter, straw-
berry jam. crackers, a fruit pastry, and
entrees such as beans with tomato
sauce and bean and potato vinaigrette.
The packets provide at least 2,200
calories per day. The United States
has a stockpile of about 2 million of
U.S. embassy ill Saudi Arabia closes
KIHOBAR, Saudi Arabia (AP) - The U.S.
Embassy in Saudi Arabia closed today for a security
review and warned thousands of Americans in the
country to be more cautious fllowing a bombing that
killed an American and another foreigner.
Some U.S. expatriates said Saturday's bombing,
coming after a series of local bomb attacks against for-
eigners and the Sept. 11 terror attacks in the United
States, had prompted them to consider sending their
families out of Saudi Arabia.
The U.S. Embassy in Riyadh urged Americans yes-
terday "to review their own personal security practices,
to be attentive to their surroundings and to exercise
The embassy warning cane as the State Department
told Americans around the globe to be aware of "retal-
iatory actions" allter the start of a U.S.-British attack
yesterday against Affghanistan and terror suspect
Osama bin Laden.
A recorded phone message at the embassy said the
facility would be closed to allow for review of security
procedures. The embassy had already been scheduled
for a holiday today for Columbus Day. But the record-
ing did not say when it will reopen, only that a decision
will be announced later. Emergency services will be
provided, it said.
The recording also advised Americans not to take
their children to schools today.
The bombing on a busy shopping street in the east-
ern Saudi city of Khobar killed an American and
another foreigner, whose nationality was not immedi-
It also injured an American, a Briton and two Fil-
ipinos, said a King Fahd Hospital spokesman. The
nationality of a fifth injured person was not immediate-
ly known. The names of the Americans were withheld
while their families were being notified.
Yesterday, investigators wearing gloves searched for
evidence in the shards of glass covering the street.
HEADLINES FROM AROUND THE WORLD
Palestinian suicide bomber kills Israeli
A Palestinian bomber blew himself up and killed one Israeli yesterday, mark-
ing the first suicide attack in nearly a month and dealing another blow to a tat-
Also, a Palestinian was shot dead and three were injured in the volatile West
Bank city of Hebron. Palestinians blamed Israeli troops, while Israel said it was
part of an internal Palestinian dispute. Israeli troops entered two Palestinian
neighborhoods in the city on Friday and have remained for the past three days.
Neither Israel nor the Palestinians want to be seen as abandoning the cease-
fire, but the.violence has not abated since the truce was declared Sept. 26. More
than 30 Palestinians and seven Israelis have been killed sincC the truce.
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's Cabinet issued a sharply worded statement
Friday telling Palestinian militants that attacks on Israel were undermining the
truce and worked against Palestinian interests.
Also, Palestinian security forges said they have detained at least six suspected
militants in recent days. Those taken into custody include two activists from the
Islamic Jihad movement, detained yesterday in the wake of the suicide bombing
However, Israel has named more than 100 suspects it wants arrested, and the
actions by the security forces have not halted the attacks.
Woman favored for Democratic whip role e
Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California is on the verge of becoming the highest-rank-
ing woman in congressional history when Democrats pick a new No. 2 leader
After a two-year campaign, she's the favorite to win election Wednesday as
Democratic whip, the party's top vote-counter and arm-twister in the House. Her
opponent, Rep. Steny Hoyer, is a more moderate Maryland lawmaker who lost a
whip's race 10 years ago. Their contest is mainly an insider's game: its voters the
210 representatives and five delegates who make up the Democratic caucus. But
the winner stands a strong chance of one day becoming Democratic leader, and
possibly House speaker if Democrats regain a majority next year.
A reminder of the potential importance of the election can be found in the
1989 race for Republican whip. Six years after little-known Newt Gingrich was
elected, he became House speaker.
Pelosi, 61, and Hoyer, 62, -- skillful lawmakers whose politics and campaign
promises are more alike than not -- began campaigning before the 2000 elec-
tions, hoping Democrats would regain control of the House.
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'T" PAUL, Minn.
22,000 remain on
strike in Minnesota
With state workers ranging from
soup-servers to nut-tighteners on strike,
Minnesota's weeklong walkout may go
down as one of the most expansive pub-
lic-sector strikes in recent history.
Minnesota is one of only about 10
states in which its employees can legafly
go on strike. And even in some states
where such strikes are technically legal,
in practice they're never allowed, labor
Based on the 22,000 workers who
stayed off the job Oct. 1, Minnesota's
strike is the second-largest public walk-
out since 1990, said Michael Cinini, an
economist with the federal Bureau of
Labor Statistics. About 47,000 county
workers in Los Angeles joined a job
action last year.
National Guard troops have been
brought in to take over some of the
duties of striking workers at psychiatric
treatment centers and nursing homes.
Giuliani will not get
extension of term
The Democratic leader of the state
Assembly said yesterday that his
chamber would not consider any
legislation to extend the term of
New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani.
"It's not going to happen," Assem-
bly Speaker Sheldon Silver said.
Silver said he had not told the
Republican mayor of his decision
and wasn't sure if he would bother
to do so.
Giuliani spokeswoman Sonny
Mindel declined to comment on
Giuliani is barred by term limits
from running for a third consecu-
tive term. His term ends Dec. 31.
In the wake of the Sept. I1 ter-
rorist attacks on the World Trade
Center, Giuliani said he wanted at
least a three-month extension of his
term to help ease the transition for
the city's next mayor.
Australia refuses to
Refugees turned away from Aus-
tralia threw children into the ocean in
a desperate bid to reverse the decision,
an official said yesterday.
Prime Minister John Howard said
Australia would not be "intimidated"
into softening its tough stance on asy-
Asylum seekers in lifejackets
jumped ship, and some threw their
children overboard, after naval officers
boarded the boat and ordered it to
leave Australian waters about 130
miles from Christmas Island in the
Indian Ocean, Immigration Minister
Philip Ruddock said.
The navy rescued the adults and
children from the water Saturday
night, Ruddock said. Nobody was
"I regard this as one of the most dis-
turbing practices I've come across," he
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