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NATION/WORLD

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Palestinian open
JERUSALEM (AP) - A Palestin- west Jerusalem's busiest streets.
ian gunman fired on Israelis waiting at "You can certainly expect an Israeli
a Jerusalem bus stop yesterday, fatally reaction," said Israeli government
wounding two people and injuiring 14 spokesman Avi Pazner. "Israel has done
others. Israeli commandos hours earli- very little until now. Apparently this
er stormed an explosives lab and killed was not strong enough Medicine and
four Islamic militants in the West maybe a strong reaction is needed."
Bank. But Ahmed Abdel Rahman, the.
The violence provoked outrage and Palestinian Cabinet secretary, said ]
warnings of retaliation on both sides. Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon
Mideast tensions are again surging "has to blame himself for pushing the
after several weeks of relative calm, Palestinians to react against this con-
with the Israelis effectively keeping tinuous aggression." t
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat under In the Jerusalem shooting, a Pales-
house arrest at his West Bank govern- tinian gunman opened fire with an
ment compound, and militant Pales- assault rifle on Israelis waiting in the
tinians abandoning an informal truce. rain for a bus and walking along one
The Israelis said they launched yes- of the city's main arteries, Jaffa Street.
terday's commando raid in the West Witness Akiva Harari said the
Bank city of Nablus and other pre- attacker, wearing a heavy coat,
emptive operations because Arafat emerged from a parking lot. "I saw
repeatedly refused to act against mili- him shoot two women and they fell,";
tants. They also held Arafat responsi- he said. Police then chased the gun-
ble for the shooting attack on one of man back into the parking lot, fol-

s fire at bus stop
"(Sharon) has to blame himself for
pushing the Palestinians."
- Ahme Abdel Rahman
Palestinian Cabinet secretary

NEWS IN BRIEF

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lowed by several minutes of sporadic
gunfire," Harari said.
"The terrorist tried to run away, but
after a short chase, police succeeded in
hitting him and killed him," said
Jerusalem police chief Mickey Levy.
Sixteen people were shot. Two
women later died of their wounds,
while four others remained in serious
condition. In addition, more than 20
people were treated for shock, police
and rescue workers said.
The gunman, Saeed Ramadan, was
a member of the Al Aqsa Brigades,
which is linked to Arafat's Fatah
movement, said the man's uncle,

Adnan Ramadan. The shooting was
retaliation for last week's killing of an
Al Aqsa Brigades' leader, sources in
the group said.
"We are at war," Jerusalem Mayor
Ehud Olmert told Israel television
after viewing the carnage. "This war is
not taking place in some far-off battle-
ground, but is happening here, at
home, in shops, restaurants."
Marwan Kanafani, a spokesman for
Arafat, said yesterday on MSNBC that
cycle of violence resulted from the
"wicked policy of Sharon" and that the
only way to stop the retaliatory attacks
was for Sharon to talk to Arafat.

WASHINGTON
Rumsfeld deems treatment humane *
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, under fire from human rights groups,
said yesterday the United States is treating foreign prisoners detained at Guan-
tanamo Bay, Cuba, "humanely," and in accordance with Geneva Conventions.
The prisoners, mostly suspected al-Qaida fighters flown to the U.S. military
base in Cuba after being captured in Afghanistan, are being given treatment
that's "proper, it's humane, it's appropriate, and it is fully consistent with interna-
tional conventions," Rumsfeld said.
As Rumsfeld spoke yesterday, American Taliban fighter John Walker Lindh
began his journey home from the war in Afghanistan to face charges he con-
spired with Islamic radicals to kill fellow countrymen.
Also yesterday, the Pentagon said another unmanned Predator spy plane
crashed. The aircraft - at least the second Predator lost in the Afghan war -
went down in Pakistan while returning to base.
Rumsfeld said the United States has not decided if the detainees should be
treated as prisoners of war, and for now calls them battlefield detainees.
Rumsfeld said the Geneva Conventions call for so-called "unlawful combat-
ants" to be treated humanely, and the United States military is treating them
humanely.

Mghan govt. officials receive pay

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) ,- Afghanistan's civil
servants were paid for the first time in six months yes-
terday - an $8 million total payout that will virtually
wipe out money earmarked for a U.N. start-up fund.
Pressing ahead with its anti-terror struggle, mean-
while, U.S military officials began bringing American
Taliban fighter John Walker Lindh home to face
charges he conspired with Islamic radicals to kill fel-
low countrymen while in Afghanistan.
U.S. special forces and Afghan anti-Taliban fighters
also staged a fruitless hunt for the Taliban supreme
leader, Mullah Mohammed Omar, in house-to-house
searches during six hours through four villages in the
southern province of Helmand, Afghan sources said.
As Afghan officials turned to the work of rebuild-
ing their country, interim Prime Minister Hamid

Karzai urged the quick arrival of $4.5 billion in assis-
tance that was pledged over the next several years at a
conference of nearly 60 donor nations in Tokyo.
"We are happy with the results of the conference,"
Karzai said. In a nod to concerns that the money
would not reach Afghanistan's poor, Karzai pledged to
be "a samurai against corruption."
Not all were upbeat, however. The money promised
was less than half the $10 billion over five years that
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan had hoped for.
European Union representative Klaus-Peter Klaiber
said the money pledged was a "rather miserable
amount," compared to Afghanistan's needs.
Abdul Qadeer Fitrat, acting governor of
Afghanistan's central bank, said the pledges were "not
enough to reconstruct Afghanistan."

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In Kabul, for civil servants owed months of back
pay, the billions pledged in Tokyo were less a cause
for rejoicing than yesterday's wage payments, which
were less than $30 each.
"I am very, very happy," said Finance Ministry
employee Abdel Jami, clutching a thick stack of
afghanis, the Afghan currency - his pay for the sec-
ond half of December and the first half of January.
The pay packet, disbursed from a start-up fund to help
begin basic government operations, was 1.4 million
afghanis, or $28, an average monthly government
salary.
The government has no money to pay back salaries
yet, officials said. Some Afghan government employ-
ees have not been paid in eight months, well before
the Taliban government fell.
Rabbans
pr nesence
stll felt,
at ace
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -
When Afghanistan's interim govern-
ment was sworn in a month ago yes-
terday, the ceremony included a
symbolic departure from the presiden-
tial palace by former President
Burhanuddin Rabbani. But it turns out
he didn't go far.
Rabbani, who was Afghanistan's
last leader before the Taliban took
over, maintains spacious quarters in
the palaceand turns up'almost every
day. One Afghan official jokingly uses
a Dari-language phrase, roughly trans-
lated as someone who has unfurled his
bedroll, to describe the ex-president's
near-constant presence.
Rabbani publicly professes loyalty
to Afghanistan's new leader, Hamid
Karzai, the head of Afghanistan's
interim administration. Any time he
spends in the palace is at Karzai's
behest, he says,and he is only there to
offer support and counsel.
Some in Kabul, however, think
Rabbani's hankering after his former
digs underscores something that has
been plain from the moment the Tal-
iban fell: He believes he belongs in
the seat of power.
"It's up to the people of
Afghanistan who they will choose as
their leader," Rabbani said in an inter-
view Monday with The Associated
Press. "I struggled on behalf of
Afghanistan, and the people are
appreciative of this."
White-bearded and clad in his cus-
tomary black-and-gold turban, seated
in an ornate chair with arms like those
of a throne, the 62-year-old Rabbani
has not lost his taste for the trappings
of office.
Aides address him as "Excellency."
He calls himself "We." His residence,
on a roped-off street in Kabul's most
exclusive neighborhood, is guarded by
a sizable contingent of northern
alliance soldiers wielding Kalashnikov
assault rifles - even though all armed
men except the police have been
ordered off the streets of the capital.
"Of course I have to have my per-
sonal guards," Rabbani said when
asked about them - just after he had
declared that all military groups
except the national army should be
abolished. "They are necessary for
me. I have enemies, such as Osama
bin Laden."
Western diplomats in Kabul, trying
to foster a peaceful transition to
Afghanistan's next government when
Karzai's six-month mandate expires,

are keeping a close eye on Rabbani.
Speaking privately, several said his

WASHINGTON
AOL sues Microsoft for harming Netscape
AOL Time Warner sued Microsoft in federal court yesterday seeking
damages for harm done to AOL's Netscape Internet browser, which had
ruled computer desktops until Microsoft began giving its competing browser
away.
Many of Microsoft's business practices, including ones in which the com-
pany encouraged computer manufacturers and Internet providers to distrib-
ute its Web browser instead of Netscape, were found to be anticompetitive
by a federal appeals court last year. AOL, which bought Netscape in 1999,
wants Microsoft to cease its contested business practices and pay damages.
AOL executive John Buckley noted that court ruling and said, "This
action is an attempt to get justice in this matter."
Jim Desler, a Microsoft spokesman, said the company had no immediate
comment.
AOL filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colum-
bia. Under federal law, AOL would be entitled to triple any actual damages
found by the court.

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WASHINGTON
Self control essential
for offenders' release
The Supreme Court ruled yesterday
that states may keep violent sexual
offenders locked up beyond their prison
terms only if they prove that the offend-
ers lack some self control.
Justices, in a partial victory for
Kansas, threw out a ruling in favor of a
convicted sex predator because a jury
did not consider whether he could stop
himself from committing a new crime if
allowed to go free.
The high court said states have to
address an inmate's lack of control. Jus-
tices did not say specifically how that
should be done.
"It is irresponsible to leave the law in
such a state of utter indeterminacy".Jus-
tice Antonin Scalia, joined by Justice
Clarence Thomas, wrote in a dissent.
More than 1,200 sex offenders are
confined in 19 states with laws resem-
bling the 1994 Kansas statute at issue in
this case.
GOMA, Congo
Volcano and quakes
leave many homeless
Thousands of Congolese lined up
for water at a church and other
points around this wrecked city yes-
terday as relief agencies trucked in
food and tents for some 90,000 peo-
ple left homeless by a volcanic
eruption.
Aid workers were setting up
water distribution systems and plan-
ning to start delivering food today

in Goma, where tens of thousands
fled the streams of lava that cut
through the lakeside city from
Thursday's eruption of Mount Nyi-
ragongo.
"We are finally getting some
momentum" on distributing aid,
said Michael Despine, the head of
the International Rescue Commit-
tee's operation in Goma.
Earthquakes related to the erup-
tion continued to rattle the region
yesterday.
NEW YORK
AT&TLrevokes 900
number services
AT&T is bailing out of a major part
of the pay-for-service telephone busi-
ness, dealing a serious blow to psy-
chics, sex lines and other companies
that use 900 numbers.
"This could be the final death knell
for the 900 business," said Ed
Lavergne, a Washington lawyer who
has worked with the telecommunica-
tions industry.
AT&T stopped providing billing
services for new 900 customers as of
Jan. 1, and will discontinue billing for
all such numbers on Dec. 31. The
decision was primarily a financial one,
said AT&T spokeswoman Jean Hurt.
"The market has kind of changed," she
said.
But she acknowledged that the
tawdry reputation of some 900 ser-
vices and concerns about AT&T's
image may have played a part. "I think
that entered into it, probably."
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.

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