2 - The Michigan Daily - Friday, November 2, 2001
House passesGO seCUrty bil
WASHINGTON (AP) - The House passed
aviation security legislation yesterday after
rejecting a Senate version that would have
turned airport screening operations over to fed-
eral employees. The vote was a major victory for
the White House and its Republican allies.
The bill, which takes steps to make airplanes
and airports safer from attack, passed 286-139.
It followed minutes after a crucial 218-214
vote to defeat the Senate-passed, Democratic-
backed alternative. The Republican-backed bill
would allow screening to be contracted out to
"The Amnerican people deserve tough security
standards and the House plan delivers," President
Bush said in a statement. "I urge the House and Sen-
ate to work together to send a strong and effective
bill to my desk."
The House action could delay for weeks enact-
ing a wide-ranging package of new security
measures aimned at restoring Americans' confi-
dence in flying after terrorists hijacked four air-
liners Sept. 11 and turned them into weapons of
mass destruction. Lawmakers now face the task
of trying to find a compromise with the Senate,
which voted 100-0 three weeks ago to pass the
measure making screeners federal employees. -
"My greatest fear is that if it goes to a conference,
it never comes out," House Democratic Leader Dick
Gephardt said earlier yesterday.
Re Cih n Mideast
Turkey Commits troops to the war effort*
Turkey became the first predominantly Muslim country yesterday to commit
troops to the war in Afghanistan, saying it would send about 90 elite troops in
response to a U.S. request.
Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit said it would be "unthinkable for Turkey to
stand back in the war against -terrorism," and that the troops would be sent to
northern Afghanistan as soon as possible.
Ecevit emphasized that the troops' primary role would be to help train forces
of the Northern Alliance, the opposition coalition which is fighting the Taliban,
as well as to offer humanitarian assistance. However, he did not rule out the pos-
sibility that Turkish troops would see combat.
"Our hope is that Turkish soldiers take part (only) in training and humanitari-
an aid operations," he said. But he added that, " We may be faced with unknown
and unwanted situations."
Western military analysts say Turkey's 15 years of experience fighting a Kur-
dish insurgency in the harsh mountain terrain of southeastern Turkey and Kur-
dish-controlled northern Iraq could prove valuable against the Taliban.
Foreign Minister Ismail Cem said entry of the Turkish forces would send a
"message to everyone this is not a war against Islam," but against ter im
WASH IINGTON r~nm
Consumer spending pluminets after attacks
Jarred by the terror attacks, consumers put away their wallets and credit6
cards last month as spending dropped by the largest amount in almost 15
years. M~anufacturing plunged, too, as evidence increased that economic
fallout from the attacks probably has pushed the country into recession.
Before the attacks, consumers, whose spending accounts for two-thirds of all eco-
nomic activity, had been the main force keeping the economy afloat for more than a
year. But spending declined by 1.8 percent in September as Americans stayed away
With consumers ratcheting back their spending, manufacturers in October turned
in their worst performance since January 1991, when the country was mired in its
The National Association of Purchasing Management said manufactur-
ing activity sank to 39.8 from 47 in September, the 15th consecutive6
month of decline. An index above 50 signifies growth in manufacturing,
while a figure below 50 shows contraction.
Manufacturers have been hardest hit by the economic slump.
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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP)--
British Prime Minister Tony Blair urged
the Muslim world to expel extremists
the Middle East yesterday.
But despite his call, violence contin-
ued in the West Bank. In a targeted
killing, Israeli helicopters fired missiles
at a car near the city of Nablus, killing
two Palestinians. The Israelis said they
were about to carry out a suicide bomb
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat
charged that the Israeli operations were
a crime and endangered peace efforts.
Blair acknowledged the pressure
Israel is facing, and at a news confer-
ence following a meeting with Israeli
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in
Jerusalem, he listed Palestinian attacks
tha kled dozens of Israelis and wound-
However, he stressed that any
response must be "measured and prop-
er in accordance with international
Sharon defended the practice of tar-
geted killings, saying: "What will bring
peace earlier -- that they kill another
30, 40, 50 Israeli citizens, or that they be
stopped on their way there?"
Israeli forces have arrested at least
I ,40() Palestinians suspected of attacks
during the past 13 months, Sharon aide
Ranaan Gissin said.
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Uited and Delta
report heavy losses
Due in large part to the aftermath of
the Sept. 11 attacks and fueled by a con-
tinuing decline of high-paying business
travelers, United and Delta Air Lines
reported staggering third quarter losses.
The results, however, were not as bad as
Wall Street analysts had predicted.
Just four days after replacing then
chief executive James E. Goodwin with
board member John W Creighton, UAL
lines reportdis biggest quary loss;
in its 75-year history, of $1.15 billion, or
$21.43 a share, compared with losses of
$116 million, or $2.17 a share, for the
siine period a year ago.
United's losses were also the biggest
of any major airline for the period.
Arlington,. aa.based US Airways
.Group Inc. -which United had tried to
acquire earlier this year but abandoned
after antitrust objections -- had the sec-
ond biggest losses in the industry.
Bush makes progress
on missile defense
The United States and Russia are
moving toward an agreement to slash
their storehouses of nuclear weapons and
to give President Bush a green light to
push ahead with a missile-shield pro-
The target is a warheads cutback of
about two-thirds, with each country
restricted to no more than 1,750 to 2,250
strategic warheads, a senior White House
official told The Associated Press. The
current level is 6,000.
Bush will play host to Russian Presi-
dent Vladimir Putin in Washington and
at his ranch in Crawford, Texas, Nov.
13-15. Weapons reduction and missile
defense are at the top of the agenda.
After a 3 1/2-hour meeting yesterday
with Russian Foreign Minister Igor
lvanov, Secretary of State Cohin Powell
said, "We are looking forward to the two
presidents having a very successful
Tribal leader begins
fight against Taliban *
A prominent Afghan tribal leader has
begun the first known armed uprising
against the Taliban in southern
Afghanistan since the U.S.-led air strike
campaign began, fighting off a Taliban
attack Yesterday and clariig to control
part of a southern province, according to
his family and media reports.
Hamid Karzai, an infiuefital igure
from the leading ethnic Pashtun tribe,
said he survived a Taliban attack on a
meeting of tribal elders he convened in
Uruzgan province, and that his forces
captured 12 Taliban soldiers in the skir-
Karzai, who's close to
Afghanistan's exiled former king
Mohammed Zahir Shah, returned to
Afghanistan last month to promote
a national gathering aimed at form-
ing a broad coalition government to
replace the ruling Taliban, accord-
ing to his brother, Qayum Karzai.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.
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