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NATION/ WORLD

Enron donations clot

WASHINGTON (AP) - Enron fired accounting 1
firm Arthur Andersen yesterday as the feuding corpo-
rations both came under growing scrutiny for their
roles in the collapse of the world's largest energy trad-
ing company.,
Enron cited Andersen's destruction of thousands of
documents and its accounting advice. For its part,
Andersen said its relationship with Enron ended in
December when the company filed for bankruptcy.
"We can't afford to wait any longer," Enron chair-
man Kenneth Lay said in a statement, announcing that
Enron's board of directors had dismissed Andersen.
Enron's announcement came just hours after the
House Energy and Commerce Committee demanded
that Andersen provide more documents detailing what
the auditors knew about Enron's useof questionable
partnership to keep hundreds of millions of dollars in
debt off the company's books.
Patrick Dorton, a spokesman for Anderson, said the
accounting firm remained "committed to continuing
Powell pledges
U.S. funds for
Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Secretary of S1
Colin Powell, the most senior U.S. official tov
Afghanistan in 25 years, promised yesterday the Ur
States would help rebuild the country and wipe out
"contamination" of terrorism.
Powell told Hamid Karzai, the interim Afghan leader,
United States would make a substantial financial commitn
at next week's international aid donors conference in T
and that U.S. forces would be relentless in pursuing ther
nants of al-Qaida and the Taliban.
"This country needs everything," Powell said on NE
"Today" show. "It needs a banking system. It needs a hey
care system. It needs a sanitation system. It needs a* phone
tem. It needs road construction. Everything you can imagit
Prime Minister Karzai, obviously buoyed by Powell's -v
emphasized Afghanistan's deep needs during a joint n
conference at the presidential palace.
"The Afghan people have been asking for a staying c
mitment,'a staying partnership, from the United State
Afghanistan in order to make the region safe, in order to r
Afghanistan stand back on its own feet and continue tof

to address the issues related to the collapse of Enron
in a forthright and candid manner."
As to Andersen's dismissal by Enron, Dorton said,
"As a matter of fact, our relationship with Enron
ended when the company's business failed and it went
into bankruptcy."
Andersen has acknowledged that it destroyed
Enron-related documents, possibly as early as last
September. Lay cited the document shredding and
Andersen's firing of the head of its Enron account as
reasons for dismissing the firm.
Ten congressional committees are investigating the
Enron collapse as well as Andersen's auditing of the
energy company. The Enron bankruptcy has left thou-
sands of workers without jobs and their retirement
money - much of it in Enron stock - essentially
gone. Enron filed for bankruptcy Dec. 2 as its stock
fell from $83 a share a year ago to less than dollar.
Documents obtained by House investigators have
shown that Andersen had concern at least a year ago

d inquir
about some of Enron's business practices and that its
use of partnership might pose problems with federal
regulators.
During a high-level meeting in early February,
Andersen executives expressed concern about Enron's
off-the-books accounting of profits from its partner-
ships, especially one headed by Andy Fastow, at the
time also Enron's chief financial officer.
Summarizing the meeting, Andersen accoun-
tant Michael Jones wrote in an e-mail that the
discussions "focused on Fastow's conflicts of
interest ... and the amount of earnings Fastow
receives" from the partnership while also Enron's
financial officer.
Another document obtained by House investigators
disclosed that Andersen officials were told last August
by Enron whistle-blower Sherron Watkins of her seri-
ous concerns about the off-the-books deals at Enron
and that the company "will implode in a wave of
accounting scandals."
. Gunman
K11s 6 at
Istae 1
gathering
- HADERA, Israel (AP)- A Palestin-
ian gunman walked into a banquet hall
in northern Israel late yesterday and
APPOTO opened fire with an assault rifle, killing
Interim six people and injuring 30 during a bat
of State mitzvah, police said. A militant group
claimed responsibility for the attack, the
form to this deadliest in more than a month.
About 100 people were inside the
e steadfast. hall celebrating a girl's coming of
hind," Pow- age. Several people beat the attacker
Afghanistan with a chair and bottles and pushed
khan people him outside where he was shot and
-." killed by police. Among the dead
photos and was the grandfather of the girl for
ers deliver- whom the party was held.
escribed as "The terrorist came in the main door
with an M-16 at the height of the event
and started-shooting everywhere," said
Shimon Asraf, one of owners of David's
Palace hall.
The attacker's death brought the total
number of dead to seven, said police
I spokesman Gil Kleiman.
Moti Hasson said he was dancing
when he heard the shooting.
"When I saw the Arab I ran toward
him with a chair," said Hasson, a truck
driver. "I threw the chair at him."
Hasson said he hit the attacker in the
face with the chair while other people
threw bottles at him.

NEWS IN BRIEF
HEADLINES FROMI AROUND THE WORLD
>RUNDY, Va,
Law school shooter could get death
The expelled law school student accused of killing his dean and two others in
a campus shooting spree was so paranoid and prone to outbursts that at least one
classmate said he saw the violence coming.
At yesterday's arraignment on three counts of capital murder, Peter
Odighizuwa, 43, told the judge he was sick and needed help.
"I was supposed to see my doctor," Odighizuwa said, hiding his face behind a
green ahrest warrant. "He was supposed to help me out ... I don't have my med-
ication."
Police say Odighizuwa opened fire with a handgun at the Appalachian School
of Law on Wednesday, a day after he was dismissed from the school for a second
time.
Dean L. Anthony Sutin and Professor Thomas Blackwell were slain in their
offices and student Angela Dales, 33, died later at a hospital. Three other stu-
dents were wounded.
Prosecutor Sheila Tolliver said she will seek the death penalty.
Odighizuwa also faces three counts of attempted capital murder and six
weapons charges. A few minutes before his arraignment, Odighizuwa told
reporters as he was led into the courtroom, "I was sick, I was sick. I need help."
GUANTANA O BAY NAVAL BASE., Cuba
Red Cross workers to inspect Cuban prison
Guards practiced basic commands in Arabic yesterday for dozens of al-Qaida
and Taliban prisoners being held at this remote U.S. military outpost, while a
forklift groaned, hoisting materials to expand the temporary detention facility.
International Red Cross workers were to arrive at the U.S. naval base in eastern
Cuba later yesterday to review conditions that some rights groups have called
inhumane. U.S. officials say the prisoners' rights are not being violated.
Behind three fences and coils of razor wire, prisoners with shaved heads and
orange jumpsuits sat in open-air cells of chain-link fence. Occasionally, Army
guards led a prisoner out of a cell, taking him for a walk in the heavily fortified
yard.
"For the most part, they do what they're told," said Sgt. Lisa Juve, an Army
guard who spoke to journalists who were allowed to see the detention camp, but
only from about 150 yards away.
Military officials say the camp will soon be able to hold 320 inmates, or more
if they are doubled up two to a cell. Workers also are building a permanent prison
to hold up to 2,000.

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Aghan Health Minister Suhalia Siddiqi and Afghan
Prime Minister Hamid Karzai greet U.S. Secretary
Colon Powell yesterday in Afghanistan.
against terrorism or the return of terrorism in any#
country," Karzai said.
Powell assured Karzai that Washington would b
"We don't want to leave any contamination be
ell said of continuing military efforts to purge A
of terrorists. "That is in the interests of the Afg
and certainly the mission we came here to perfor
In Washington, the U.S. government released
video excerpts of five suspected al-Qaida memb
ing what Attorney General John Ashcroft d
"martyrdom messages from suicide terrorists."

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WASHINGTON
India, Pakistan may
be near resolution
India's defense minister said yester-
day he believes that despite another ter-
rorist attack blamed on militants in the
disputed Kashmir province, the standoff
between his country and Pakistan may
be "on the way to resolution."
Defense Secretary Donald H.
Rumsfeld said it is in neither the inter-
est of Pakistan nor India to stay at a
high state of readiness for war.
Rumsfeld also said, after joint talks
with his Indian counterpart, George Fer-
nandes, that he hopes the standoff will
not force Pakistan to move troops from
the border with Afghanistan, where they
remain on the lookout for fugitive al-
Qaida, including Osama bin Laden.
Fernandes, asked about a Kashmir'
bomb blast that killed one and injured
15, said: "Against the backdrop of
recent developments I have reason to
believe sooner or later these issues will
now be on the way to resolution"
JAKARTA, Indonesia
Ton of explosives
seized; 3 arrested
Philippine police arrested three
men suspected of links to al-Qaida
terrorist network and seized a ton of
explosives yesterday, acting on a tip
from authorities in Singapore who
recently broke up a terror ring there.
The arrests in the southern Philip-
pine city of General Santos came as
U.S. troops began setting up camp
less than 200 miles away to assist

the Philippine military in combating
an Islamic separatist band of kid-
nappers that has been holding two
American hostages.
The arrests of the trio and the
discovery of a buried weapons
cache indicated that a terrorist net-
work connected with al-Qaida has
been operating secretly for some
time in at least four countries in
Southeast Asia: Singapore,
Malaysia, Indonesia and now the
Philippines.
WASHINGTON
Reopening of Hart
offices postponed
The planned reopening of the Hart
Senate office building was postponed
for at least another day yesterday as
tests for anthrax were performed on a
bag of cleanup gear found in a hallway
ceiling.
The building, across the street from
the Capitol, was to reopen at nodn
today to the public and staffs of the 50
senators who normally have offices
there. It has been. shuttered since Oct.
17, two days after an anthrax-laden let-
ter was opened there in the suite of
Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle,
(D-S.D.).
But officials announced yesterday
that they had found a bag of gear,
including gloves and hazardous mater-
ial body suits, in the ceiling above a
sixth floor corridor outside Daschle's
office.
Congress is out of session until
Wednesday.
- Compiledfirom Daily wire reports.

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