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2 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, March 6, 2002

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92 dead since beginning of week NEWS IN BRIEF
HEDINE FOMARUD*HEWOL

JERUSALEM (AP) - Palestinian militants struck busy at 2 a.m. The other two attacks came during the 711,

at Israeli civilians yesterday with a suicide bombing
on a bus, a roadside ambush in the West Bank and a
restaurant shooting in Israel's largest city, leaving
five Israelis and two Palestinian assailants dead.
In retaliatory raids, Israeli warplanes and helicop-
ters bombed seven separate Palestinian government
compounds and security complexes in the West Bank
and the Gaza Strip. Most had been abandoned in
anticipation of the Israeli strikes.
However, an Israeli raid in the West Bank city of
Ramallah killed three Palestinian security officers in
a car, one of whom was wanted by Israel, Palestinian
officials said.
The death toll has soared over the past week
amid violence that is erupting round-the-clock.
Sixty-one Palestinians and 31 Israelis have died in
one of the deadliest weeks since fighting broke out
in September 2000.
Palestinian militants carried out the restaurant
shooting at a popular Tel Aviv hangout that was still

morning rush hour, another time militants frequently
strike.
Israel's military, with its night-vision equipment
and sophisticated weaponry, bombed with F-16 war-
planes Monday and last night, while helicopter gun-
ships carried out during daylight hours yesterday.
In last night's strike in Ramallah, one of those
killed was Muhannad Abu Halaweh, a member of the
Force 17 unit which protects senior Palestinian offi-
cials, hospital officials said. Israel said he was
responsible forseveral attacks, including the shoot-
ing deaths of anti-Arab extremist Binyamin Zeev
Kahane and a Greek monk.
Over the past week, Israelis and Palestinians have
barely had time to digest one violent outburst before
the next one hits - and both sides say they are gear-
ing up for more confrontations.
"We will wage a relentless war against terrorism,
because for us it's a question of survival," said Israeli
government spokesman Avi Pazner.

GARE Afghanistan
Combined forces enter cave complex
Hundreds of Taliban and al-Qaida fighters were killed in fierce fighting
yesterday as U.S.-led coalition forces pressed their offensive in the rugged
mountains of eastern Afghanistan, the American commander said.
U.S. forces in the region said as many as 800 opposition fighters had been
seen moving toward the battle since the American-led operation was launched
on Saturday.
"We caught several hundred of them with RPGs (rocket-propelled
grenades) and mortars heading toward the fight. We body slammed them
today and killed hundreds of those guys," said Maj. Gen. Frank Hagenbeck,
the commander of the operation near Gardez, 75 miles south of Kabul, the
capital.
U.S.-led forces continued inching up the snow-covered mountains, mean-
while, trying to reach hideouts still believed to contain hundreds more al-
Qaida and Taliban fighters. Some forces entered at least one cave complex,
uncovering weapons caches.
Allied jets flew high over Paktia province, dropping bombs as well as decoy
flares to ward off heat-seeking missiles - defensive measures after two U.S.
helicopters were hit Monday in incidents that left seven U.S. soldiers dead.

AP PHOTO
A Palestinian child raises his finger along with other
supporters of the militant group Hamas.

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LOS ANGELES
Condit battles for another term in primary
In central California farm country, Rep. Gary Condit, a 13-year House veteran
seeking nomination for another term, fought for his political life in a Democratic
primary for Congress yesterday.
His main threat was state Assemblyman Dennis Cardoza, 42, a former Condit
aide who wrested cash and endorsements from former Condit supporters.
Condit's bid to keep his Central Valley seat was shadowed by the disappearance
of Chandra Levy, the 24-year-old Washington intern last seen April 30.
Condit, 53, admitted he had an affair with Levy, according to Washington
police sources. But they have said he is not a suspect in her disappearance.
Condit campaigned like never before in a reconfigured district in which 40 percent
of the voters had never seen his name on a ballot. He discussed issues at coffee shops,
knocked on doors and shook jusst about any hand that reached out to him.
"I have done my job as a congressman. I have conducted myself as a gentleman
and dignified. The only thing different is the intrigue of what's happened over the
last summer and the fact that you're all here," the congressman told reporters after
voting yesterday morning.

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WASHINGTON
U.S., Egypt presidents
discuss Middle East
President Bush and Egyptian Presi-
dent Hosni Mubarak searched yesterday
for solutions to the spiraling violence in
the Middle East, with Bush emphasiz-
ing the need to stop Palestinian attacks
on Israelis while Mubarak demanded
that Israel ease up on the Palestinians.
Bush said peace in the Middle East is
"only possible if there is a maximum
effort to end violence throughout the
region, starting with Palestinian efforts
to stop attacks on Israelis."
Mubarak called for an end to forceful
Israeli military tactics such as demolish-
ing Palestinian homes and closing roads.
"Nothing can be achieved through
violence or resolved by force;' he said.
Bush also spoke favorably of a Saudi
Arabian proposal, which would offer
Israel peace, trade and security in
exchange for the land the Arabs lost in
war, and of Mubarak's offer to be the
host for talks between Yasser Arafat and
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands
Cafeteria fire delays
Milosevic's trial
Slobodan Milosevic's trial was post-
poned yesterday after a fire in the cafete-
ria of the U.N. war crimes tribunal filled
the corridors with smoke, prompting the
evacuation of the building.
Guards and security personnel escort-
ed 800 staff members outside just before
the 9 a.m. start of hearings in the Milose-

vic case. Hearings in four other war
crimes cases also were postponed.
Officials said the fire began in a deep
fryer in the canteen and there was no sus-
picion it was intentional.
Milosevic's legal adviser, Zdenko
Tomanovic, told The Associated Press
the former Yugoslav president was
returned to his detention facility immedi-
ately after the alarm sounded.
As helmeted policemen went inside, a
hydraulic ladder lifted three firefighters
to a second-floor cafeteria window, wit-
nesses said.
WASHINGTON
Tomato-based diet
can lower cancer risk
A diet rich in tomato sauce, ketchup
and other tomato-based products contain-
ing a powerful antioxidant can lower the
risk of prostate cancer, a new study says.
Researchers analyzed the food choic-
es and prostate cancer histories of more
than 47,000 men and found those who
ate at least two meals a week containing
tomato products lowered their risk of
prostate cancer by 24 to 36 percent.
Dr. Edward Giovannucci of Brigham
and Women's Hospital and the Harvard
School of Public Health, the first author
of the study, said it supports earlier
research involving foods, particularly
tomato products, that 'were high in
lycopene, a powerful antioxidant.
"These most recent finding add sup-
port to the notion that a diet rich in toma-
toes ... may reduce the risk of prostate
cancer," Giovannucci said.
- Compiledfrom Daily wire reports.

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