2 - The Michigan Daily - Friday, March 22, 2002
Suicide blast kills two, iniures 60 IN BRIEP
JERUSALEM (AP) - A former Palestinian
policeman blew himself up in the heart of
Jerusalem's shopping district yesterday, killing three
Israelis, wounding more than 60 people and prompt-
ing Israel to call off.a round of U.S.-brokered truce
Moments after the late afternoon blast, the dead
and injured lay on a blood-splattered pavement on
King George Street, amid glass shards and twisted
awnings from a hat boutique, a shoe store and a
candy shop. A policeman screamed for help. Passers-
by knelt over a wounded young boy. More than 60
people were injured.
The Al Aqsa Brigades, a militia linked to Palestin-
ian leader Yasser Arafat's Fatah faction, claimed
responsibility for the bombing, which came a day
after an Islamic militant set off explosions on a
crowded bus in northern Israel, killing himself and
In Washington, the Bush administration said it is
taking steps to declare the Al Aqsa group a terror
organization. Secretary of State Colin Powell called
Arafat and demanded that he denounce the bombing,
spokesman Philip Reeker said. Later, Powell called
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, the state depart-
ment said. Sharon's office said Powell expressed con-
In a rare step, Arafat personally condemned the
bombing and promised to take immediate steps to
prevent such attacks.
But President Bush said he was "disappointed" by
Arafat's response to calls for an end to attacks on
Israel. "We've set some strong conditions," Bush said.
"We expect Mr. Arafat to meet those conditions."
Yesterday night's scheduled talks between Israeli
and Palestinian security officials were called off -
by Israel, the Palestinians said - and it was not clear
whether the meeting would resume.
U.S. truce negotiator Anthony Zinni met with
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and senior Cabi-
net ministers late yesterday in an apparent effort to
rescue his mission.
Israel held Arafat directly responsible. In a
veiled warning that retaliation might be forthcom-
A woman screams for help as soldiers tend to a victim
of a bomb blast in a main shopping area in Jerusalem.
ing, a statement from Sharon's office said, "Israel
cannot continue for long a unilateral effort" to
enforce a cease-fire.
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Afghan warlords rival for divided land
Caught on the front line of the Afghan war, the people of this volatile city near
the Pakistani border long for the good old days of Taliban rule, when they say
security was good and guns were rarely seen.
That changed with the arrival of coalition forces seeking to oust al-Qaida and
Taliban fighters from their former stronghold.
Local security officials say U.S. special forces have played the old game of
power-brokering with Afghan warlords, literally dividing Khost among rival
The rampant lawlessness threatens to explode into tribal warfare - which
could shift local loyalties back toward the Taliban, creating an even more hostile
environment for U.S. forces operating in the region.
Since arriving in the border region in December, the Americans have recruited
men loyal to Bacha Khan Zardran, a local warlord, and to the city's police com-
mander, Mohammad Mustafa, to help to secure the area while coalition forces
hunt al-Qaida and Taliban forces. Their men are each paid $200 a month.
But there's a hitch in the security equation: The two men and a couple of
other minor players have become embroiled in a battle of their own for con-
trol of the city.
Bill passed to limit employer stock options
A Senate committee narrowly passed legislation yesterday that would limit
employer stock in 401(k) plans, a response to hundreds of Enron workers who lost
their retirement savings last year because they heavily invested in company stock.
The Democrat-controlled Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Com-
mittee passed the bill along party lines, with Republicans arguing that the legisla-
tion would prompt companies to stop matching contributions or cease offering
401(k) plans altogether.
Ranking Republican Sen. Judd Gregg of New Hampshire criticized the bill as
"paternalistic" because it is "us here in Washington managing people's lives"
The legislation, sponsored by committee chairman Sen. Edward Kennedy, (D-
Mass.), would let employers make matching contributions to their employees'
plans with company stock or let workers buy the stock as a retirement investment
option, but not both.
"If this bill had been the law of the land, Enron employees would not have lost
their entire retirement savings," Kennedy said. "Our bill will protect America's
workers and prevent future Enrons."
Bush travels despite bombing in Lima
EL PASO, Texas (AP) - Undeterred by what he
called "two-bit terrorists," President Bush opened a
Latin American trip yesterday that will take him from
the border with Mexico to the U.S. embassy in Peru
where a car bomb exploded Wednesday night.
"Sometimes it seems like the terror threat might be
going away, but all you got to do is look on your TV
today and be reminded about how evil these murder-
ers are," Bush told Texans at a noisy sendoff rally on
the first leg of his four-day trip to Mexico, Peru and
Telling his audience about an overnight car bomb-
ing outside the U.S. embassy in the Peruvian capital
of Lima and a suicide bombing in Jerusalem, Bush
said "We cannot let the terrorists take over freedom-
loving societies and we will not."
He said he was asking Congress, as part of his
request for $27 billion in emergency spending submit-
ted yesterday, for an additional $5 billion to beef up
counter-terrorism security at U.S. airports and borders.
He said he wanted to "make sure Americans are
more secure and more safe than ever before."
Minutes before leaving the White House yesterday
morning with first lady Laura Bush, the president
addressed the car bombing that took place about four
blocks from the embassy in Lima, which he is due to
Bush said "we might have an idea" who set off the
bomb. "They've been around before," he said.
The President did not identify the suspected
group; but he nodded when a reporter asked if the
terrorist group Shining Path, thought to be in eclipse,
was on the upsurge.
VATICAN CITY (AP) - Breaking
his silence, Pope John Paul II
denounced the "grave scandal" of
priests implicated in sex-abuse cases
rocking the Roman Catholic Church,
saying they had betrayed their vows
and succumbed to evil.
In an annual pre-Easter message to
priests released yesterday by the Vati-
can, the pope used some of his strongest
language to address an issue that has
seriously embarrassed the church in the
United States and elsewhere.
"As priests, we are personally and
profounidly afflicted by the sisof
some of our brothers who have
betrayed the grace of ordination," John
He said they had succumbed "to the
most grievous forms" of what he
called, using the Latin phrase, the
"mystery of evil."
"Grave scandal is caused, with the
result that a dark shadow of suspicion
is cast over all the other fine priests
who perform their ministry with hon-
esty and integrity and often with heroic
self-sacrifice," the pope said.
John Paul said the church "shows
her concern for the victims and strives
to respond in truth and justice to each
r of these painful situations."
aleg It was the first time the pope pub-
licly addressed the issue since wide-
spread accusations of sexual
misconduct by priests surfaced in the
United States in recent months. The
accusations have led to the fall of one
bishop, from Palm Beach, Fla., actions
taken against dozens of priests around
the country, and the tarnishing of the
reputation of Cardinal Bernard Law of
Boston for failing to take action
against a child-molesting priest.
A top cardinal who presented the
pope's letter defended the church's
efforts to uphold morality and punish
wrongdoers within its ranks. He
refused to answer any specific ques-
tions, however, including whether the
Vatican was planning new measures to
screen candidates for the priesthood
and whether Cardinal Law still had the
The pope's pre-Easter letter generally
expresses his closeness to his corps of
priests around the world without taking
up such a burning issue as sexual abuse.
The problem has worldwide implica-
tions for the church.
In a message in November to the bish-
ops of Oceania, John Paul said that "sex-
ual abuse (in that region) by some clergy
and religious has caused great suffering
and spiritual harm to the victims."
.. . In January, the Catholic Church in
Ireland agreed to a landmark $110 mil-
lion payment to children abused by
clergy over decades. More than 20
priests, brothers and nuns have been
convicted of molesting children.
Sexual abuse cases involving cover-
ups have also been reported in Eng-
land, France and Australia, among
Battles with Islamic
rebels still going on
The voice, tense and urgent, crackled
over Capt. Harold Cabunoc's radio with
the news that fighting had begun.
"It's ongoing! It's ongoing!" came
the raw-edged words from the battle
As the Philippine army officer called
for an estimate of enemy strength, four
U.S. Special Forces soldiers and three
Philippine troops scrambled aboard a
jeep to head for the scene.
The latest battle with Islamic rebels
was under way along this remote front
of America's global War against terror-
ism - the southern Philippine island of
Under the rules of the mission, U.S.
forces can advise, assist and train
Philippine units but are not supposed to
engage in direct combat. They may
shoot in self-defense, but there was no
indication that Americans came under
fire while helping rescue Philippine
forces in yesterday's incident.
RIO EJANEIRO, Brazil
Dengue fever kills
thousands in Brazil
In the poor suburbs of this sweltering
city, fearful residents have begun satu-
rating their bodies and their homes with
insect repellent. They have good rea-
son: Leandro Caroni, 19, died last year
after four days of splitting headaches,
gut-wrenching coughs and a tempera-
ture topping 106 degrees - telltale
signs of dengue fever.
The mosquito-borne ailment,
caused by one of several viruses, is
wreaking havoc in Brazil. It has hit
especially hard in Rio de Janeiro, a
dense metropolis packed between
jade-colored mountains. Since Jan. 1,
the illness, which attacks the blood
and human immune system, has
infected more than 160,000 people.in
Brazil, Latin America's largest nation.
It has caused at least 37 deaths and
90,000 infections since then in the
state of Rio de Janeiro alone.
School letters alert
to children's obesity
Some parents are getting letters
home from school these days, but not
because their youngsters are acting up
or flunking out. The problem is their
children are too fat.
The letters are worded with more
sensitivity than that; of course, but the
idea is to encourage parents to change
their children's eating habits and help
them get more exercise.
Parents of students in the East Penn
school system in Pennsylvania and in
Florida's Citrus County district have been
getting such weight alerts since the fall.
"When an examination reveals a
child has vision problems, hearing
problems, we inform the family. We
weren't doing anything for weight,"
said George Ziolkowski, director of
pupil personnel services for the 6,800-
student East Penn district.
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