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Bombing kills 19 during Seder NEWS IN BRIEF
NETANYA, Israel (AP) - A suicide progress. In later comments, Bush said NANTERRE, France
bomber burst into a hotel dining room "this callous, this cold-blooded killing, it..
and blew himself up yesterday just as must stop."City counc shooting leaves 8 dead
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were sitting down to a Seder meal cele-
brating the Jewish Passover. At least 19
Israelis were killed and more than 120
The explosion tore through the
ground floor of the Park Hotel in this
northern coastal resort, blowing out
walls and windows and overturning
tables and chairs. Bits of rubble and
wires dangled from the ceiling. In the
chaos, one table remained standing, cov-
ered by a white cloth and with the elabo-
rate Seder place settings still in place.
"Suddenly, it was hell," said one of
the guests, Nechama Donenhirsch.
"There was the smell of smoke and dust
in my mouth and a ringing in my ears."
The Islamic militant group Hamas
claimed responsibility for what Israeli
government spokesman Gideon Meir
called a "Passover massacre." The
bomber, a 25-year-old Palestinian, had
worked in Netanya hotels in the past.
The bombing in Netanya threatened
to derail the latest U.S. truce mission,
just hours after President Bush said his
envoy to the region had made some
sraei, wmcn a a reUctanuy acceptea
the latest U.S. cease-fire proposals, said
it would have to reassess its policy and
held Arafat responsible for the bombing.
Police Minister Uzi Landau called for
retaliation, saying the Palestinian
Authority must be destroyed.
The Palestinian Authority said it
"strongly condemned" the bombing,
and that it would take tough meas-
ures against those involved. Palestin-
ian security sources said Arafat
ordered the arrests of four key mili-
tants in the West Bank.
The bombing came just hours after
Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah presented
a new peace initiative at the Arab sum-
mit in Beirut, offering Israel normal
relations with the Arab world in
exchange for a complete withdrawal
from the territories it occupied in the
1967 Mideast war.
Arafat, who remains confined to
the West Bank by Israel, embraced
the initiative in a televised speech,
and said he hoped it would be adopt-
ed by the summit.
Israeli officials responded guardedly,
Relatives of Palestinian gunman Wadah El Batesh carry his body draped in the
Jihad flag during his funeral yesterday in Jabalya refugee camp, northern Gaza
Strip. He was killed after infiltrating at the Kissufim border crossing with Israel.
saying the Saudi plan was too vague and
somewhat weakened the idea of "nor-
malization" initially floated by Abdul-
lah. The prince's last-minute addition -
a demand that Israel recognize the right
of return of Palestinian refugees - is
"totally unacceptable," said Danny
Ayalon, a Sharon adviser.
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Earlier reports said 16 Israelis were
killed, but Israeli radio said later that the
figure had climbed to 19. The injury toll
rose to more than 120, including more
than two dozens who were in serious
condition. It was one of the worst sui-
cide bombings in the past 18 months of
A part-time school hall monitor armed with semiautomatic pistols sat
silently through a six-hour city council meeting yesterday, then rose and
methodically killed eight city officials. As he was restrained he shouted:
"Kill me, kill me!"
Nineteen people in the city council chamber were wounded in the attack
in the Paris suburb of Nanterre.
As authorities sought a motive, the shooter's mother said her son,
Richard Durn, was deeply disturbed, had been in psychiatric treatment for
years and had spoken of wanting to die "probably 10 to 20 times."
A shocked Prime Minister Lionel Jospin, who rushed to the scene in the
early morning darkness, called the shooting rampage "a case of furious
It is "a horrifying tragedy that harms democracy - a city council meet-
ing in action," Jospin said.
President Jacques Chirac, who met with grieving family members,
described the events as "a completely unimaginable drama."
Rightist presidential candidate Alain Madelin called the shooting, "This
American-style byproduct, we wished not to have in France."
NEW YORK CITY'
Companies sued for slavery reparations
A woman whose ancestors were slaves sued three companies for allegedly prof-
iting from slavery for nearly two centuries - a long-simmering concept that could
pick up steam if more blacks are allowed to join the lawsuits.
Plaintiffs' lawyers said the lawsuits were the first to seek slavery reparations
from private companies. They were filed against the Aetna insurance company, the
FleetBoston financial services group and railroad giant CSX on behalf of the 35
million American descendants of African slaves.
At a news conference announcing the lawsuits Tuesday, Deadria Farmer-Paell-
mann said she spent five years researching the topic after writing on her law
school application that her dream was to build the case that would win slavery
She said she became interested in the quest as she listened to her grand-
parents, including descriptions of her great-great-grandmother's escape
from a rice plantation on the eve of the Civil War, when she stole a boat and
ran away, surviving two weeks in swamps. Farmer-Paellmann graduated
from law school in 2000.
NAHRIN, Afghanistan SWAT team, to be surgeon general and
Hundreds dead from Johns Hopkins University radiologist
Elias Zerhouni to direct the National
powerful aftershocks Institutes of Health.
They're rags-to-riches candidates
Strong aftershocks jolted mountain with Hollywoodesque credentials.
villages yesterday, setting off landslides Now Carmona is ready to assume
that blocked relief convoys trying to the nation's health bully pulpit, the
reach earthquake survivors who were surgeon general's job that tradition-
burying their dead and searching the rub- ally means cajoling, even scolding,
ble for survivors. The United Nations Americans to improve their health.
said the death toll appeared less than first On Bush's priority list is for Car-
feared. mona to push a national fitness cam-
Yesterday's temblors, one aftershock paign.
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BEIRUT, Lebanon - Saudi Ara-
bia's Crown Prince Abdullah yester-
day made a broad appeal to the
Israeli public for a regional peace
agreement, but his words were offset
by calls from other Arab leaders for
continued militancy against the Jew-
ish state and inter-Arab bickering
that threatened to undermine a
hoped-for show of unity.
The de facto leader of the Saudi
kingdom, important as the heartland
of Islam and a key player in Arab
politics, said the Arab states were
ready to offer "normal relations and
the security of Israel" in return for
an Israeli withdrawal from land
occupied in the 1967 war, creation
of a Palestinian state with
Jerusalem as its capital, and the
return of hundreds of thousands of
refugees displaced when Israel was
created in 1948.
"I tell the Israeli people that if their
government gives up the policy of
force and suppression and accepts gen-
uine peace, we will not hesitate in
accepting the Israeli people's right to
live in security with the rest of the peo-
ple in the region," Abdullah said in
opening remarks at an Arab summit
here. "Notwithstanding military superi-
ority, the Israeli people are as far as
ever from peace. Peace will come out
of hearts and minds, not guns."
The list of demands included by
Abdullah are the same ones that the
Arab states have issued through several
decades of conflict with Israel and
have foiled negotiators through intense
years of peace discussions during the
1990s. But Abdullah's speech marks a
direct commitment by Saudi Arabia's
conservative Muslim theocracy to rec-
ognize the state of Israel - an offer
likely to be bolstered when, if as
expected, it is adopted by the full Arab
However the effect of Abdullah's
remarks on the dynamic of peace dis-
cussions in the region remains uncer-
tain. Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat
called the initiative "courageous."
Speaking to the Arab satellite TV sta-
tion AI-Jazeera from his offices in the
West Bank town of Ramallah, he urged
the summit to adopt the offer as "an
Arab initiative for the peace of the
brave between us and the Israeli people
and Jews in the world."
Arafat spoke to Al-Jazeera after
Lebanese officials refused to let him
'speak to the summit live by satellite
hookup. The Lebanese actions
prompted the Palestinian delegation
to walk out of the summit.
The White House praised Abdul-
lah, with spokeswoman Claire
Buchan saying President Bush
"urges other leaders to build on the
crown prince's ideas to address the
cause of peace in the troubled
region." Administration officials
also disclosed that Abdullah will
meet with Bush at his Texas ranch
during the last week in April.
Though other Arab leaders used
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measuring magnitude-5.4, rumbled
through villages at the base of the.snow-
capped Hindu Kush mountains. A 6.1
quake Monday devastated Nahrin and
many surrounding villages 105 miles
north of Kabul.
Interim Afghan leader Hamid Karzai
flew to the stricken region and said about
1,000 people died. U.N. disaster relief
officials said the final count probably
would be somewhat lower.
An onsite investigation of 42 villages
indicated the death toll was probably
under 800. No foreigners were believed
among the dead.
Difficult issues of cloning and how
to best prepare doctors for terrorism
face a surgeon and radiologist seeking
Senate approval for the nation's top
President Bush on Tuesday nominat-
ed Richard Carmona, a Tucson, Ariz.,
trauma surgeon who moonlights on the
Quadruplets' birth a
1--11 million event
A mother gave birth to four iden-
tical quadruplet girls, a phenomenon
that only happens in every 1-in-11
What is also unusual is that
Ornsee Khamsa and Verek Muy con-
ceived the children without the aid
of fertility drugs, an extremely
unusual situation in cases of multi-
ple births, doctors said.
Born Monday at Sutter Memorial
Hospital after only about 30 weeks
gestation, the largest baby weighs 2
pounds, 8 ounces. The smallest is 2
pounds, 5 ounces. Khamsa, 22, and
Muy, 20, named the newborns Pre-
ana, Audreana, Natalie and Melody.
The couple, who live with rela-
tives in West Sacramento, also have
a 4-year-old son named Raymond.
They said they plan to marry soon.
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