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The Washington Post
NEW DELHI, India - Pakistan's president, Gen.
Pervez Musharraf, acknowledged yesterday that a
majority of his countrymen oppose the U.S.-led mili-
tary action in neighboring Afghanistan but told Secre-
tary of State Colin Powell during meetings in.
Islamabad that Pakistan would remain part of the war
effort as long as the campaign's goals remain unmet.
Faced with mounting street protests against the
bombardment, Musharraf urged U.S. forces to
lose no time in apprehending and punishing
accused terrorist Osama bin Laden, his militant
followers and their sponsors within Afghanistan's
ruling Taliban movement. To that end, he said,
Pakistan will continue to play a critical role in
the campaign by sharing intelligence with the
United States, extending overflight rights and
providing logistical support, such as allowing
U.S. forces to use two of its airfields.
"We have decided to be with the coalition in
the fight against terrorism and whatever opera-

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tion is going on in Afghanistan," Musharraf said
at a news conference with Powell. "To this
extent, we will certainly carry onr'cooperating as
long as the operation lasts. ... But one really
hopes that the operation is short."
Powe, said the United States did not want to
unnecessarily prolong the military campaign but
declined to predict when bin Laden's forces would
be defeated and when the Taliban might fall from
power. "It's under enormous pressure, but I cannot
tell you when that pressure will force it to collapse,"
Powell said of the Taliban.
Powell's overnight visit to the Pakistani capital
was aimed largely at stiffening Musharraf's support
for the campaign and promoting an initiative to
establish a post-Taliban Afghan government that
would be acceptable to Pakistan and other regional
powers. Powell and Musharraf also took up other
pressing issues, including escalating tension between
Pakistan and India over Kashmir and the resumption
of U.S. economic aid to Islamabad, before the secre-
tary of state headed to New Delhi this afternoon for

U.S. in war
talks with Indian officials.
U.S. officials have undertaken the unwieldy
task of stitching both India and Pakistan, long-
time South Asian rivals, into the anti-terrorism
coalition. Powell scheduled nearly identical vis-
its to the two countries to avoid showing any
semblance of favoritism. But his effort to sound
sympathetic to Pakistani concerns about the dis-
puted territory of Kashmir provoked a furor in
New Delhi just in time for his arrival.
At the midday news conference in Islamabad,
Powell said the Bush administration has a "desire to
accommodate the aspirations of the Kashmiri peo-
ple." Though American officials said Powell was
only repeating long-standing U.S. policy, the com-
ment incensed Indian leaders. They insist Pakistan is
fueling the 12-year-old Muslim insurgency in Kash-
mir, which has claimed tens of thousands of lives
and raised fears of a full-scale war between the two
nuclear-armed countries. Pakistan maintains that it
provides only diplomatic and moral support to the
Kashmiri guerrillas.


11 students get E. coli from pancakes40
At least I I college students and a 3-year old boy were infected with E. coli
bacteria, apparently at a pancake tailgate party before a football game, university
officials said yesterday.
They began feeling ill after the Oct. 6 University of Wisconsin-Madison game
and were diagnosed with a serious form of E. coli, university epidemiologist
Craig Roberts said.
Three of the students were hospitalized and two have since been released. The
third was in good condition yesterday, Roberts said.
At least 1,000 people attended the university-sponsored party. Health officials
said the source of the E. coli was probably not the food, since only a small per-
centage of the people who attended became sick.
"If 10 people dropped their forks on the floor where there had been animals, it
might be as simple as that, but we may never know," he said. The pavilion where
the event took place is used for animal shows at the university.
E. coli begins with abdominal cramps, fever, severe and bloody diarrhea and
can progress to kidney failure, pancreatitis and a variety of other potentially
life-threatening problems. People can be infected through tainted food, water
or animals.
Embassy bombers await court sentence *
The first men convicted of carrying out Osama bin Laden's 1998 edict to kill
Americans wherever they are found will be sentenced under extraordinarily tight
security tomorrow in the deadly 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa.
The four men were found guilty last May in a trial that laid out in detail what the
government knew about bin Laden and his network of terror. Their sentencing will
take place at the federal courthouse in lower Manhattan, just blocks from the smok-
ing ruins of the World Trade Center. U.S. marshals with shotguns guard the court-
house. Barricades block the adjacent street, and steel posts protect the building.
The four were arrested in the near-simultaneous Aug. 7, 1998, bombings of
the U.S. embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The attacks
killed 224 people, including 12 Americans, and led to an international manhunt
for top leaders of bin Laden's al-Qaida terrorist network.
The six-month trial attracted few spectators beyond government employees
and the families of the victims. But the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks that have been
blamed on bin Laden have spurred new interest in the trial and the evidence the

Sharon says he will accept
creation of Palestinian state

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JERUSALEM (AP) - Prime Minis-
ter Ariel Sharon said yesterday he would
accept creation of a Palestinian state but
would impose strict limitations on it, a
less generous offer than the Palestinians
turned down in January.
Sharon's statement came after world
leaders, starting with President Bush,
endorsed the Palestinian right to a state
in pronouncements over the past few
days. The United States has been press-
ing Israel and the Palestinians to tone
down their conflict, to avoid interference
with coalition-building for the wider
struggle against terrorism now being

fought in Afghanistan.
Sharon told Likud party members
near Haifa that a Palestinian state could
result from negotiations, but it would
have to be demilitarized.
Israel would control its borders and
would retain security zones in the West
Bank and Gaza Strip, he said. Israel
would also keep control over all of
Jerusalem, including Arab neighbor-
hoods and a hotly disputed site holy site
known as the Temple Mount to Jews
and the Noble Sanctuary to Muslims, he
In January, the Palestinians turned

down a more generous offer from then-
Prime Minister Ehud Barak.
Barak offered all of Gaza and more
than 90 percent of the West Bank, sover-
eignty in Palestinian neighborhoods in
Jerusalem and control over the key dis-
puted holy site.
Meanwhile, Israeli government fig-
ures showed that building in Jewish set-
tlements in the West Bank and Gaza is
down sharply, and both settlers and
peace activists said yesterday that a year
of Mideast fighting, in which settlers
have been repeatedly targeted, has
choked off demand.

Anthrax pranksters
will be prosecuted

WASHINGTON (AP) - Assailing
recent anthrax hoaxes as "no joking
matter," Attorney General John
Ashcroft said yesterday those who per-
petrate anthrax or other terrorist scares
will be prosecuted.
With the FBI chasing down thou-
sands of reports of possible anthrax
exposures - most turn out to be false
alarms or practical jokes - Ashcroft
said such scares are unlawful and "gross
transgressions of the public trust."
"They create illegitimate alarm in a

time of legitimate, concern," said
The warning came as suspicious let-
ters, unmarked packages and nonstop
hoaxes have spread anthrax anxiety
around the globe. No anthrax cases have
been confirmed outside the United
With FBI Director Robert Mueller at
his side, Ashcroft said a rash of hoaxes
across the country have taxed the
resources of an already burdened law
enforcement system.

government collected.
Senate plans to trim
stimulus package
The $100 billion economic stimu-
lus package assembled by House
Republicans probably will be scaled
back and should not include broad
spending proposals made by Democ-
rats, top Bush administration officials
and leading Senate Republicans said
Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill
told GOP senators in a private meeting
that President Bush believes $75 bil-
lion is roughly the upper limit for the
package, several participants said.
O'Neill and Senate Republicans
agreed to focus mostly on tax cuts that
clearly would stimulate the economy.
They also decided to resist efforts by
' the majority Democrats to tack on
more spending.
"I expect there will be a number of
changes from what the House pro-
posed," said Senate Minority Leader
Trent Lott (R-Miss.).'
Committee approves
Scalia for Labor post
A Senate committee yesterday nar-
rowly approved the controversial nomi-
nation of Eugene Scalia to become the
Labor Department's top lawyer, setting
up a potentially bruising fight on the
Senate floor. The Health, Education and
Labor Committee voted 11-10 for
Scalia to become the department's solic-
itor, dividing equally along party lines.
Sen. James M. Jeffords of Vermont, the

chamber's only independent, cast the
deciding vote.
Democrats, led by committee chair-
man Edward M. Kennedy of Massa-
chusetts, with strong backing from
organized labor, attacked Scalia as
unfriendly to U.S. working people, cit-
ing in particular his long-expressed
opposition to ergonomics regulations
and other protections for American
workers. A Washington lawyer, Scalia,
39, is the son of Supreme Court Jus-
tice Antonin Scalia.
Night work could
raise risk of cancer

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increase their breast cancer risk by up
to 60 percent, according to two studies
that suggest bright light in the dark
hours decreases melatonin secretion
and increases estrogen levels.
Two independent studies, using dif-
ferent methods, found increased risk
of breast cancer among women who
worked night shifts for many years.
The studies, both appearing in the
Journal of the National Cancer Institute,
suggested a "dose effect," meaning that
the more time spent working nights, the
greater the risk of breast cancer.
"We are just beginning to see evi-
dence emerge on the health effects of
shift work," said Scott Davis, a Seattle
epidemiologist and first author of one
of the studies. He said more research
was needed, however, before a com-
pelling case could be made to change
night work schedules.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.


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