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HEALIN S OMARUD HEWOL
LONDON (AP) - OPEC has no plans to pump
more oil to replace the crude Iraq is withholding from
the market, reasoning that the recent spike in oil prices
will ease once violence between Israel and the Pales-
tinians abates, the group's top official said yesterday.
OPEC Secretary-general Ali Rodriguez defended
the decision to keep output steady until at least late
June by insisting that global supplies were "normal"
in relation to the physical demand for crude.
Oil prices seesawed on a day of conflicting market
signals. Iran's oil minister reaffirmed that his country
would not join Iraq in suspending its crude exports
unless other Muslim countries also do the same.
However, the International Energy Agency warned
that political uncertainties in the Middle East and
labor strife in Venezuela still could upset the market.
May contracts of North Sea Brent crude rose 22
cents a barrel in London before slipping to $26.01,
down 7 cents from Tuesday's close. In New York,
contacts of light, sweet crude for May delivery rose
31 cents to close at $26.13 a barrel
"Twenty-six dollar Brent isn't a terrible, terrible
number," said Peter Gignoux, head of the petroleum
desk at Salomon Smith Barney. But he hastened to
add: "It's not a great number."
The big question, Gignoux said, is how quickly other
oil producers can replace the crude that Iraq has kept
away from markets. Iraqi President Saddam Hussein
suspended oil exports on Monday for 30 days or until
Israel withdraws from the Palestinian territories.
Iraq, which has a daily production capacity of 2.5
million barrels, exports at least 1.8 million barrels a
day under the close supervision of the United Nations.
Iraq is OPEC's third-largest producer but doesn't par-
ticipate in the group's production agreements.
Iran and Libya had earlier expressed support for
the idea of using an embargo as a means of pressur-
ing the United States to lean on Israel to end its mili-
tary offensive against the Palestinians.
Libya has been quiet on the issue since Iraq began
its boycott, but Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zangeneh
insisted that Iran would not act on its own to suspend
its crude shipments. Iran is OPEC's second-largest
producer after Saudi Arabia.
Zangeneh said political tensions and speculation are
driving the crude market and insisted there is no short-
fall in global supplies.
Rodriguez said that Iran and Libya both had
assured him they would not restrict output.
OPEC will stick to its current production ceiling
of 21.7 million barrels a day until June 26, when oil
ministers from the group's 11 member countries are
to meet again, Rodriguez told reporters at OPEC's
headquarters in Vienna, Austria.
Powell not shaken by violent surge
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Bush pushes for U.S. ban on cloning0
President Bush pressed the Senate yesterday to ban cloning of human embryos
for research, saying science must not rush ahead "without an ethical compass."
Senators promised a fight, seeing great promise in cloning for cures of terrible
Bush called medical researchers, ethicists, lawmakers, ministers and disabled
people to the White House to explain why he objects to human cloning and to
embrace a ban proposed by Sens. Sam Brownback and Mary Landrieu.
"We can pursue medical research with a clear sense of moral purpose, or we
can travel without an ethical compass into a world we could live to regret," Bush
said. "How we answer the question of human cloning will place us on one path or
"Life is a creation, not a commodity," he added.
The president was looking to tamp down an evolving Senate compromise,
crafted by Sens. Arlen Specter, Edward Kennedy, Tom Harkin and Dianne Fein-
stein, that would outlaw cloning for reproductive purposes but allow it for
research on illnesses such as cancer, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.
"It would be a mistake for the U.S. Senate to allow any kind of human cloning
to come out of that chamber' Bush said.
CIA accused of spying on Russian military
The Russian successor to the KGB yesterday accused the CIA of trying to
acquire military secrets, allegations that include such traditional spy tradecraft as
invisible ink, secret drop points and mind-altering drugs.
Russian television showed grainy footage provided by security services. Mark
Mansfield, spokesman for the Langley, Va.-based CIA, declined to comment. Agency
officials routinely decline to discuss foreign allegations of U.S. espionage.
Despite the end of the Cold War, experts say the spy business is alive and well
between Russia and the United States and that both sides have a healthy interest in
trying to predict the other's next moves - even if they're now allies.
A spokesman for the Federal Security Service, the Soviet-era KGB's chief suc-
cessor, said CIA officers posing as embassy officials in Russia and another, *
unidentified ex-Soviet republic had tried to recruit an employee at a secret Russian
Defense Ministry installation.
The security service interfered at an early stage and was able to monitor the
CIA officers' activities and prevent serious damage to Russia's security, the
spokesman said on condition of anonymity.
MADRID, Spain (AP) - Secretary of State Colin
Powell said yesterday he would push ahead with his
peacekeeping mission in the Middle East despite
Israel's refusal to halt military incursions and its
objections to his meeting Yasser Arafat.
Powell brushed aside Israeli Prime Minister Ariel
Sharon's assertion that the Arafat meeting this week-
end would be "a tragic mistake" and said his mission
was "not in the least in jeopardy."
He said he hoped Sharon would help the meeting
take place and also ease restrictions on Arafat in
Ramallah to help him communicate more readily
with other Palestinian leaders.
"He is the partner that Israel will have to deal
with," Powell said afterhis peace mission was
endorsed in Madrid by the European Union, the
United Nations and Russian Foreign Minister Igor
Powell will face daunting challenges as he tries to
persuade Sharon to pull back, Arafat to speak against
terror and both sides to get back to the peace table.
The crux of Powell's two-step plan isto try to
arrange a cease-fire between Israel and the Palestini-
ans and then steer them into negotiations that would
culminate in a Palestinian state on land Israel now
But Sharon pledged yesterday to maintain the
offensive until Palestinian militias are destroyed.
Even if Powell gains a cease-fire, many in the
region question how well it might hold if there are
more Palestinian suicide attacks. Further, mistrust
would make talks about future borders and a Pales-
tinian state difficult, with the constant threat of a
wider war in the region.
As he trekked through the Middle East and then
detoured to Spain, Powell made plain that his other
objectives include renewing security cooperation
between Israel and the Palestinians, asking Saudi Ara-
bia for assistance to rebuild Palestinian facilities and
organizing a worldwide relief effort for Palestinians.
"We understand the difficult situation that Israel
finds itself in, but we believe that the best way to
relieve this tension, the best way to move forward
and provide a solution to the crisis that we find our-
selves in, is for the withdrawal of Israeli forces,"
Powell said at a news conference.
Powell is due in Israel late today after a stop in Jor-
dan to talk to King Abdullah II. He is to see Sharon
in Jerusalem tomorrow and hopes to see Arafat on
President Bush, after first strongly supporting the.
Israeli leader, last week demanded that Sharon call a
halt. As a result, U.S. policy is now more in line with
the views of Arab and European governments.
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in rocket attack case
Afghan officials yesterday
announced arrests in a rocket attack
on international peacekeepers and a
bombing that targeted the country's
The arrests came as factional
fighting persisted within
Afghanistan, and a U.N. envoy said
establishment of an Afghan army and
police force is the only way to ensure
Defense Ministry official Mir Jan said
four people were taken into custody in
the eastern city of Jalalabad, where a
bomb exploded Monday near a convoy,
missing Defense Minister Mohammed
Fahim but killing five people.
Five people were arrested in a
Kabul neighborhood where two mis-
siles were fired Sunday at a German-
Danish garrison of peacekeepers,
according to Gen. Din Muhammad
Jurat, an Interior Ministry official.
No one was injured.
Taiwanese tmu o
be tried in Hono ulu
A Chinese cook accused of stab-
bing to death the captain and first
mate aboard a Taiwanese fishing ves-
sel is being brought to trial in Hon-
olulu in a rare case in which the
United States has asserted jurisdiction
over a mutiny on the high seas.
The case could throw a spotlight on
the issue of human rights abuses at
sea and the clandestine practice of
catching sharks and slicing off their
fins for use in Asian soups and folk
Shi Lei has been in U.S. custody
since his arrest March 21 on suspi-
cion of killing the two men during an
argument aboard the Full Means 2
while the vessel was in international
waters. The first mate's body was
found in the ship's freezer; the cap-
tain's body had been thrown over-
DOVER TOWNSHIP, NJ.
Police officer shoots
neighbors, boss, self
A veteran police officer shot five
neighbors to death, wounded his boss
and then committed suicide, shocking a
community still reeling from an almost
identical rampage in February.
Authorities said yesterday that the
officer, Edward Lutes, had apparently
feuded with some of his neighbors in
Dover Township. They did not elabo-
rate, but neighbors said he threw eggs
at the home of two of his victims last
"There was a great deal of acrimony
between Mr. Lutes and his neighbors,"
prosecutor Greg Sakowicz said. "Cer-
tainly, it wasn't a random shooting."
Some acquaintances portrayed Lutes
as the neighborhood grouch and said he
had gone through bankruptcy several
years ago and lost his girlfriend in a car
accident about a year ago.
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