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week of peace;
2 militants die
JERUSALEM (AP) - On the eve of
a major U.S. policy statement, Israeli
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon yesterday
refused to ease demands for a week
without violence as a condition for
peace talks with Palestinians.
A bomb went off near the King
David Hotel in Jerusalem while police
tried to defuse it. No one was hurt by
the device, which exploded shortly
before Sharon met at the hotel with a
European diplomatic delegation. Police
said it apparently was planted by Pales-
In the Gaza Strip, Israeli tanks and
troops moved about 200 yards into
Palestinian territory near the town of
Beit Lahiya and killed two armed
Palestinians heading for a nearby Jew-
ish settlement, the military said. In
addition, two Palestinians, ages 17 and
70, died of wounds suffered in earlier
clashes with Israeli forces.
Sharon noted that the United States
agreed to Israel's condition of "seven
days of quiet and no less" before a June
cease-fire plan negotiated by CIA direc-
tor George Tenet can be enforced.
The seven days must be followed by a
six-week cooling-off period before
Israel begins confidence-building mea-
sures such as a freeze on Jewish settle-
ments, Sharon said at a news conference
after meeting European Union leaders.
Palestinian Cabinet Secretary-Gener-
al Ahmed Abdel Rahman said the
demand for total calm was "an excuse,
in effect hampering the efforts aimed at
the resumption of peace talks."
The comments came a day before a
much anticipated speech on the Middle
East by Secretary of State Colin Powell.
Israeli media said Powell was expect-
ed to withdraw U.S. support for the
Israeli demand during his speech at the
University of Louisville. But Powell
indicated that was not the case, saying
on Fox TV that peace talks cannot pro-
ceed until violence stops.
The Bush administration has been
pressing Israel and the Palestinians to
tone down their conflict, recently
endorsing the creation of a Palestinian
state. Washington fears continued vio-
lence could undermine Arab support
for the U.S. campaign in Afghanistan.
Israeli-Palestinian violence has killed
759 people on the Palestinian side and
197 on the Israeli side in the last 14
Despite Sharon's tough talk, the
Israeli army pulled out of areas it had
occupied for weeks in the West Bank
town of Tulkarem.
That left Jenin the last Palestinian
town partly occupied - out of six
seized last month in response to the
assassination of Israeli Tourism Minis-
ter Rehavam Zeevi. That killing was
claimed by the Popular Front for the
Liberation of Palestine, avenging the
August killing of its leader Mustafa
Zibri, whom Israel accused of plotting
attacks on civilians.
Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhof-
stadt said the EU is prepared to help
Israelis and Palestinians make peace.
The EU delegation met with Sharon
and Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon
Peres a day after talks, with Palestinian
leader Yassir Arafat and Egyptian Pres-
ident Hosni Mubarak.
The Palestinian Cabinet leader,
Abdel Rahman, welcomed the Euro-
pean efforts, but Israel was skeptical.
Raanan Gissin, a Sharon spokesman,
said European nations are biased for the
Family members of David Chen of Honolulu, a victim of the crash of American
Airlines Flight 587, sit with his portrait during a memorial service yesterday.
for. crash victim-s
NEWS IN BRIEFf, .
2 U.S. sailors missing in Persian Gulf
The U.S. Navy was searching yesterday for two U.S. sailors missing in the
Persian Gulf after boarding a rickety tanker deemed to be smuggling Iraqi oil.
Six other American sailors were rescued after the United Arab Emirates-
flagged tanker sank at about 4:45 a.m yesterday in the northern Persian Gulf,
said Lt. Melissa Schuermann, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Naval Forces Central
Command in Bahrain.
The missing Americans were identified as Petty Officer 1st Class Vincent
Parker, 38, of Preston, Miss., and Petty Officer 3rd Class Benjamin Johnson, 21,
of Rochester, N.Y., a Pentagon official said on condition of anonymity.
The entire 14-person crew of the tanker, Samra, was believed to be Iraqi, she
said. The body of one crew member was recovered, and three others were miss-
ing, Schuermann said.
The U.S. Navy said the tanker was carrying an estimated 1,900 tons of Iraqi
oil in violation of U.N. sanctions against Iraq. Schuermann, who described the
ship as being in "overall poor condition" and "grossly overweighted," said it was
too early to speculate on the reason for the sinking.
It was not clear whether the sunken Samra was leaking oil. The Navy said it
was still focusing on search and rescue.
Judge orders eight al-Qaida suspects jailed
A Spanish magistrate accused eight men of involvement in the Sept. 11 terror-
ist attacks on the United States yesterday, ordering them jailed and charging them
with belonging to Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida network.
The suspects "were directly linked to the preparation and carrying out of the
attacks perpetrated by 'suicide pilots' on Sept. 11, 2001," Judge Baltasar Garzon
said in his jailing order. Garzon, an investigative judge, formally charged the men
with membership in a terrorist organization - al-Qaida - and with document
falsification, robbery and weapons possession. He accused them of "as many ter-
rorism crimes as there were victims on Sept. 11."
The men denied the charges, which Garzon said were based on evidence from
telephone conversations of the group's alleged leader - Imad Eddin Barakat
Yarkas, whose alias is Abu Dahdah - before and after the attacks.
Entries in a diary found in Germany also linked him to Mohammed Atta, one
of the hijackers, Garzon said. The judge did not provide any details of the evi-
dence. The eight were among 11 detained Tuesday. The others were released
NEW YORK (AP) - Mourners
from New York to the Dominican
Republic gathered in separate cere-
monies yesterday to grieve for the
passengers of American Airlines
Flight 587, the Dominican Republic-
bound airliner that plunged into a
suburban neighborhood shortly after
"Oh Lord, we come before you
with open hearts, with broken
hearts," said the Rev. Ruben Diaz,
who gave the invocation in New
York after the singing of the
Dominican and U.S. national
New York's outdoor, interfaith
ceremony took place at Riis Park,
about two miles from the crash site
on the oceanfront Rockaway Penin-
sula of Queens. Mourners included
Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, Gov.
George Pataki and U.S. Sens.
Charles Schumer and Hillary Rod-
It was intended to unite two com-
munities that had little contact
before the Nov. 12 crash. Many of
the dead came from Washington
Heights, a neighborhood that i s
home to the largest Dominican com-
munity outside the Dominican
Republic. Belle Harbor, roughly 13
miles away, is largely Irish, Italian
"What binds us together today .
are the tears, a river of tears day and
night," said Rabbi Michael Miller.
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"We shed rivers of tears for brothers
and sisters, friends and lovers,
whose companionship has been torn
away so suddenly."
About 1,000 people attended the
New York service, including Adri-
ana Objio, who lost her father,
Sigfrido Objio, a former Dominican
ambassador to the United Nations.
She said she was especially moved
when tenor Ronan Tynan sang "Isle
of Hope, Isle of Tears," a song about
Irish immigrants at Ellis Island.
"I thought of the Dominican
Republic and my father, and that we
won't ever see him again," she said.
Some 1,500 miles away, grief-
stricken relatives crowded into the
tiny Altagiacia Catholic Church in
Ojo de Agua, Dominican Republic.
About 100 people packed the
church and spilled out into the yard
behind for the funeral Mass remem-
bering Jose Vicente Infante, 38, the
first victim of Flight 587 to be
returned to the island.
"Where are you, Vicentito?" his
brother, 42-year-old Radames
Infante, sobbed to a picture of Jose
Vicente pasted to the outside of his
blue coffin. "I didn't even get to see
his face. They could only identify
him by his fingerprints."
Infante lived in both countries. On
his last trip to the United States, the
car salesman was scouting for vehi-
cles he could import to the dealership
in the capital, Santo Domingo.
- What went wrong?
- Why the violence?
meets with Putin
A prominent representative of
Chechnya's rebels met with an envoy
of President Vladimir Putin yesterday
for the first face-to-face talks on ending
hostilities since renewed war broke out
in the separatist region two years ago.
Viktor Kazantsev, Putin's envoy for
Chechnya, met behind closed doors at
Moscow's Sheremetyevo-2 internation-
al airport with Akhmed Zakayev, a rep-
resentative of Chechnya's rebel
president Aslan Maskhadov. Zakayev
flew in from Turkey.
Kazantsev said the two-hour meeting
"went exclusively along the lines of the
recent statement" by Putin, according
to the Interfax news agency.
He was referring to a speech Putin
made Sept. 24 outlinitgRussia'
response to the terror attacks in the
United States, in which he urged
Chechen rebels to discuss disarming
and abandoning their separatist fight.
Bus plunges from
highway, killing 25
A bus plunged from a mountain
highway in Peru's central Andes into
a 600-foot ravine yesterday, killing
at least 25 people and injuring 20
others, the country's leading radio
The accident occurred in the rural
area of Angash, about 110 miles
northeast of the capital, Lima, police
Authorities have not yet con-
firmed the number of casualties.
Radioprogramas reported that the
bus was heading from the provincial
capital of Cerro de Pasco and that it
was just 4 miles from its destination
when it crashed.
The cause of the crash was
unclear. Scores of people are killed
in bus accidents each year in Peru
due to inadequate maintenance of
older vehicles, winding mountain
roads and speeding.
Planned oil merger
worth $35 billion
Phillips Petroleum Co. and Conoco
Inc. have signed an agreement to
merge in a deal tentatively worth $35
billion, the companies announced yes-
The new business will be called
ConocoPhillips and is expected to be
the nation's third-biggest oil and gas
company in terms of production. It will
be the fifth-biggest refiner in the world.
The merger still needs to be
approved by the government and
Under the terms of the deal, Phillips
shareholders will get one share of
ConocoPhillips stock for each Phillips
share they own. Conoco shareholders
will get 0.468 shares of the new stock.
The companies said in a statement
that the merger would result in better
growth opportunities, improved effi-
ciency and development of energy
exploration and production.
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