2 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, January 29, 2003
NEWS IN BRIEF
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UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The
top U.N. inspectors urged Iraq yester-
day to produce fresh evidence about its
weapons programs and cooperate fully,
warning that time is running out and
this was probably the last chance to
A day after reporting to the Secu-
rity Council on the resumption of
inspections two months ago, Hans
Blix and Mohamed ElBaradei said a
change in Iraq's attitude toward dis-
armament and inspections is the key
"The ball is entirely in Iraq's court,"
ElBaradei, head of the International
Atomic Energy Agency, told CNN.
"Iraq now has to prove that it is inno-
cent. ... They need to go out of their
way to prove through whatever possi-
ble means that they have no weapons
of mass destruction."
Building a case for war in his annual
State of the Union address to Con-
gress, President Bush said the United
States will present evidence to the
United Nations that Iraq is developing
weapons of mass destruction and has
links to the al-Qaida terror network.
Secretary of State Colin Powell will
make the presentation on Feb. 4.
Blix told The Associated Press he
would have asked for more time for
inspections "if I were confident and
sure that we would find answers in
some months time - but I think that it
still calls for a changed attitude on the
part of the Iraqis, and I'm therefore not
asking for it."
Nonetheless, he said, "I would cer-
tainly welcome and accept that we con-
tinue the work that (the inspectors)
have started. We just got up to speed."
The two inspectors issued vastly dif-
ferent assessments on Iraq's coopera-
tion, and council members weighing
the possibility of another Iraq war will
get another chance to quiz them about
their reports today.
The 15 members have had time to
check with their capitals, and diplo-
mats said the closed meeting should
provide the first indication on where
the 15 governments stand. This is crit-
ical for the United States if it wants
U.N. authorization for any military
action "yes" votes and no veto by a
The five permanent members
remain divided on how much time Iraq
should be given to comply.
Hundreds of U.S. troops pressed toward rebel fighters in rugged moun-
tain caves yesterday, while warplanes bombed dug-in enemy positions in
the fiercest battle in Afghanistan in nearly a year.
At least 18 rebels were killed in the assault. The U.S. military believes
the fighters are loyal to renegade warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, a power-
ful Pashtun strongman who has vowed to link his forces with remnants of
al-Qaida and the ousted Taliban regime.
About 80 rebels were believed to be remaining in the southeastern cave
network, under attack from 350 troops, including soldiers from the 82nd
Airborne Division, U.S. Special Forces and allied Afghan militia.
"It's the largest concentration of enemy forces since Operation Anacon-
da," military spokesman Col. Roger King said, referring to a fierce eight-
day battle in March against Taliban and al-Qaida holdouts in a different
area of southeastern Afghanistan, about 250 miles northeast of the current
While King said evidence pointed to Hekmatyar's military arm, the
Hezb-e-Islami movement, he gave no further details, and a former high-
ranking Taliban member questioned that.
Strike continues despite high oil production
President Hugo Chavez's government scored a victory in Venezuela's political
crisis by producing more than 1 million barrels of oil yesterday, frustrating a 2-
month-old opposition drive to strangle the world's No. 5 oil exporter.
By raising production to a third of its normal rate, Chavez seized another
advantage over his opponents - jump-starting Venezuela's oil industry while
defeating calls for a February referendum on his rule.
But the 58-day-old strike has put Venezuela on the verge of economic collapse,
caused long-term damage to oil infrastructure and forced Chavez to extend his
ban yesterday on U.S. dollar purchases to preserve foreign reserves.
Chavez surpassed the 1 million-barrel benchmark by focusing on newer
oil fields where crude is easier to extract. But production may not reach 2
million barrels a day if the government doesn't revive older wells, said Ed
Silliere, vice president of risk management at Energy Merchant LLC in
"They are going for the lowest hanging fruit on the tree, the easiest to grab,"
Silliere said. "In a few weeks, it is going to be a struggle."
Fox proposes name
change for country
"Get the U.S. out of Mexico" isn't
just a leftist slogan anymore.
It's a serious proposal by President
Vicente Fox's conservative party - to
delete "United States" from the name of
a country where national pride permeates
every aspect of society, including titles.
As it is, few people use Mexico's
official name: United States of Mexico
(Estados Unidos Mexicanos).
And to some Mexicans it's an unwel-
come reminder of the powerful north-
ern neighbor that took half of Mexico's
land in the 1847-48 war. Indeed, some
joke about the official name, calling it
"United States, Mexico Branch" - a
rueful commentary on what they con-
sider overbearing U.S. influence.
The name United States of Mexico
was adopted in 1824, not in emulation
of the United States, but in hopes of
developing a federalist system of gov-
ernment. It didn't work; power
remained centralized in Mexico City.
call for any immediate layoffs in the
city's work force of 250,000.
In Philadelphia, Mayor John Street
proposed the elimination of about 1,600
jobs through layoffs and attrition.
Bloorberg's spending plan also
includes $600 million in savings from
the city's municipal work force - such
as making employees help pay for their
own prescription drugs.
Essential to the budget, the mayor
said, is $1 billion from a commuter tax
that Gov. George Pataki has repeatedly
said he does not support.
Trial date set for sniper
A judge set a Nov. 10 trial date yes-
terday for 17-year-old Lee Boyd
Malvo, who could face the death
penalty for his alleged role in the
sniper attacks that terrorized the
Prosecutors had asked for a trial date
in late June, while the defense had
requested February 2004. Circuit Judge
Jane Roush picked a date in between,
saying it allowed twice the time nor-
mally granted under Virginia law for a
"I am not going to beready by Nov.
10. It's an impossible date. It's not a
realistic date," defense attorney
Michael Arif complained.
Malvo is being tried in Fairfax County
on murder charges in the Oct. 14 slaying
of FBI analyst Linda Franklin outside a
Home Depot store.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.
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LSA senior Kristen Stoner said she
did not feel that Bush provided any
new arguments for attacking Iraq. "I
was hoping he was coming out with
something new. It felt like a lot of
But College Republicans Vice
President Mike Phillips said Bush's
enumeration of Saddam Hussein's
past transgressions strengthened the
case for forcible disarmament of Iraq.
"I feel as though he has laid out a
substantial case," said Phillips, an
LSA sophomore. Phillips also
expressed relief that discussion of
Iraq did not dominate the speech. "I
guess my gut reaction was just that I
was glad he didn't spend the entire
speech on Iraq."
Bush's proposed economic stimu-
lus package also drew strong stu-
dent reactions. LSA junior Alton
Davis said the package was a politi-
cal move rather than an offer of true
economic aid. "It's a crowd pleaser
for the elderly and the upper middle
class," he said.
Nathan said the economic stimu-
lus proposal would not affect the
balance of wealth in the country,
and said "the gap between the rich
and the poor is growing every day
and his tax plan isn't going to fix
that." She pointed out that Democ-
rats present at the speech did not
join the standing ovation of Bush's
LSA junior Mark Schneider gave his
interpretation of Bush's speech. "Repub-
licans always follow the same plan to
solve things -military and tax cuts," he
said. An issue that surprised many stu-
dents was Bush's AIDS relief package
With New York City facing its worst
fiscal crisis since the '70s, Mayor
Michael Bloomberg proposed a $44
billion budget yesterday that includes
$487 million in cuts and assumes pas-
sage of a commuter tax that the gover-
nor is against.
Bloomberg's spending plan does not
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