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Seven killed in Mideast attacks
JERUSALEM (AP) - Palestinian militants staged a tried to infiltrate a Jewish settlement and soldiers nearby Dir al-Balah, a Palestinian -city, Palestinians TOKYO
series of attacks yesterday, leaving seven dead as Yasser opened fire on them, the military said. Palestinians said said. Four people were wounded. The military had no
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for a total pullout from the West Bank, Gaza and east
Israeli F-16 warplanes later responded to the attacks,
striking Palestinian security buildings in the Gaza city
of Rafah, witnesses said. Israeli planes also hit a Pales-
tinian police building in the West Bank town of Ramal-
lah, the Israeli military said. There were no immediate
reports of casualties. The Israeli military had no imme-
diate comment on the air strike in Gaza.
In the earlier Gaza violence, two armed Palestinians
ie israen miitary said alestimans also opened
fire on an Israeli vehicle near Gaza's Kissufim crossing
into Israel, and then a suicide bomber blew himself up.
Israeli officials said three Israelis and the bomber were
killed and four people were wounded.
The Al Aqsa Brigades, a militia linked to Arafat's
Fatah group, took responsibility for the attack on the
vehicle in a phone call to The Associated Press in
Gaza, and identified the attacker as Mohammed Kass-
er, 22, of Gaza City.
After the attack, Israeli tanks fired on houses in
Elsewhere, police spotted a suspicious car and
stopped it on the highway between Jerusalem and the
West Bank's Jordan Valley. Police commander Shahar
Ayalon said the driver got out of the car, and as police
"pulled out their guns, he activated the car bomb by
remote control." The attacker and a policemen were
killed, and another policeman was slightly injured.
Israel again blamed Arafat for the violence. "It has
now become a daily event," said Israeli Foreign Min-
istry official Arie Mekel. "We certainly see an escala-
tion planned by the Palestinian Authority and Arafat."
From the playground of ancient archers to the cozy dinner table of a "yakitori"
restaurant, President Bush celebrated the United States' partnership with Japan but
also underscored that as its troubled economy goes, so goes Asia - and America.
"It is important for the world's second-largest economy to grow. It will help the
region and it will help the world," Bush said yesterday at a joint news conference
with Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi.
In three hours of private talks, Bush also addressed Japan's unease about murky
U.S. intentions toward Iraq, Iran and North Korea - the trio Bush has defined as the
"axis of evil."
Bush said he told Koizumi "all options are on the table," presumably including
military action to shut down those countries' terrorist networks and programs devel-
oping weapons of mass destruction.
"Other than that, there's nothing else to talk about," Bush said bluntly. He added
that his wish is to "resolve all issues peacefully."
Without mentioning any specific target beyond Afghanistan, Koizumi said
through a translator: "This fight against terrorism is not going to be a short one....
Japan shall continue to support the United States."
Allies assist Afghans in making pilgnimmage*
Afghan officials, aided by planes sent from Britain, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan,
scrambled yesterday to take would-be pilgrims to the annual pilgrimage in Mecca. A
lack of flights has blocked thousands from making the journey, stirring anxiety in a
nation struggling to consolidate a shaky peace.
In Pakistan, police found four rockets aimed at Karachi International Airport a half
mile from Terminal One, which is used by the U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan,
according to Waqar Mulan, an airport security official. Police suspected Islamic
extremists were responsible.
Mulan said the Chinese-made rockets were equipped with homemade launchers
and a timing device for automatic firing. Two of the rockets were aimed at the airport
terminal used as a transport and supply hub for the coalition and two at an airport
hotel used as a barracks by coalition forces, police said. The city's bomb squad
defused the rockets, Mulan added.
Karachi's police chief, Kamal Shah, said he doubted the rockets would have done
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Yates' lawyer claims
she was delusional
Andrea Yates had a history of sui-
cide attempts and was so psychotic
that her delusions drove her to drown
her children in their bathtub, a
defense attorney told jurors yesterday
as her capital murder trial got under
Prosecutors agreed she suffered
from a mental illness but contended
Yates was well aware her actions
were wrong when she held each of
her children beneath water until they
could no longer breathe.
Defense attorney George Parnham
said his client suffered from postpar-
tum depression with psychotic fea-
tures, "the cruelest and most severe
of mental illnesses."
"It takes the very nature and
essence of motherhood - to nurture,
to protect and to love - and changes
the reality," e said.
agree on contract
United Airlines announced a tentative
contract agreement with the union repre-
senting its 12,800 mechanics and aircraft
cleaners yesterday, less than 36 hours
before a strike deadline.
The International Association of
Machinists and Aerospace Workers
scheduled a March 5 ratification vote by
mechanics on an agreement it said
includes improvements on retroactive
pay and retirement benefits.
The announcement came on the fourth
day of urgent talks following the
mechanics' rejection of United's contract
offer last Tuesday. The mechanics were@
preparing to walk off the job at 12:01
a.m. EST tomorrow if no settlement were
Chief union negotiator Scotty Ford
said the agreement would give United
mechanics the industry-leading contract
they have been seeking.
for second time
Grim-faced investigators yesterday
unearthed dozens more corpses scattered
around a northwest Georgia crematory,
finding skeletons sealed in vaultgnd
bodies that had been dragged into a shed.
The count rose to 130.
Forensics teams said they had identi-
fied 22 bodies, and agents warned they
expected to find many more. "I can't
even begin to guess what the total will
be," said Dr. Kris Sperry, the state's chief
Ray Brent Marsh, operator of Tri-State
Crematory in this rural town 20 miles
south of Chattanooga, Tenn., was arrest-
ed. for a second time and authorities filed
11 new theft-by-deception charges
against him, bringing the total to 16.
Marsh, 28, had been arrested Saturday
and was released from jail Sunday on
$25,000 bond. He was back in Walker
County jail yesterday.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.
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