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Powell, Rice reject talks with N. Korea NEWS IN BRIEF
Powell says U.S. will
wait until other nations
support direct talks.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Top Bush
administration officials said yesterday
the time still isn't ripe for one-on-one
talks with North Korea, despite con-
cerns that North Korea is moving rap-
idly to develop new nuclear weapons.
Any lasting solution to the North
Korean problem will need the support of
Russia, China and other nations, Secre-
tary of State Colin Powell and national
security adviser Condoleezza Rice said
in separate television interviews. North
Korea opposes multilateral talks.
"I think eventually we will be talk-
ing to North Korea, but we're not
going to simply fall into what I believe
is bad practice of saying the only way
you can talk to us is directly, when it
affects other nations in the region,"
Powell said on CNN's "Late Edition."
Powell, on Fox News Sunday, said
that during his visit to the United
Nations last week, he worked with
diplomats to develop a multinational
approach to North Korea.
Democrats are pressing the Bush
administration to begin direct talks
immediately. They say that while the
administration has been paralyzed
by indecision and distracted by Iraq,
the threat posed by North Korea has
In recent months, North Korea has
expelled U.N. monitors, withdrawn from
the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and
moved to restart a a nuclear reprocessing
facility that could produce bombs within
months. It is believed to already have
one or two bombs.
Most recently, North Korean
fighter jets intercepted a U.S.
reconnaissance plane and the Penta-
gon sent 24 bombers to the region.
Gunmen hijack vehicles, shoot 2 hostages
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -
Unidentified gunmen seized a passen-
ger bus and several other vehicles in
the southern Philippines today, and two
people were killed before the gunmen
escaped, authorities said.
The bus was traveling between Cota-
batao City and Davao on the southern
island of Mindanao at about 6:30 a.m.
when gunmen fired on it and took about
40-passengers hostage, said Farida Mal-
ingco, mayor of the town of Pikit, near
where the incident happened about 575
miles southeast of Manila.
Passengers in three vehicles traveling
behind the bus also were taken hostage,
said Army Capt. Onting Alon, deputy
spokesman of the 6th Infantry Division
in the area. He did not know how many
people were in those vehicles.
Army Col. Carduzo Luna said a sol-
dier in civilian clothes was shot in the
head. The soldier could have been a
bus passenger, Luna said.
About two hours into the siege, the
gunmen fled as security forces
approached the bus, Malingco said.
A pro-government militiaman was
killed and five villagers were wounded
as troops chased the attackers in
Takepan village, about a mile from
where the bus was seized, said a local
radio reporter at the scene. The attack-
ers were not captured immediately.
Malingco said the rest of the
hostages were unharmed.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Al-Qaida
operatives are planning to strike at U.S.
and allied forces taking part in a war in
Iraq, according to information acquired
by American intelligence agencies,
counterterrorism officials said Saturday.
The operatives are subordinates of
Abu Musab Zarqawi, whom CIA offi-
cials describe as a senior associate of
Osama bin Laden. Some are in Bagh-
dad; others are elsewhere in Iraq, the
counterterrorism officials said, speak-
ing on condition of anonymity.
The intelligence does not suggest
any kind of coordination between the
government of Iraqi President Saddarn
Hussein and the al-Qaida operatives;
instead officials believe the terrorists
are looking to capitalize on the chaos
created by any military conflict to
strike at American and allied troops.
A CIA report, passed to senior gov-
ernment officials last week, warned of
the potential strikes. A CIA spokesman
declined to comment.
The New York Times first reported
the information Saturday on its Web site.
The counterterrorism officials said
operatives may be planning to use explo-
sives or toxins to conduct the attack.
The new information comes against
a murky backdrop regarding vhether
Iraq supports al-Qaida, or to what
extent there are ties.
However, intelligence officials
have generally agreed they have
nothing to document that Saddam
Hussein had a hand in the Sept. I1
attacks or that Saddam and Osama
bin Laden are coordinating terrorist
At the center of U.S. allegations
that there are links between Iraq and
the terrorist group is Zarqawi, a Jor-
danian terrorist operative, and some
of his followers.
CIA Director George Tenet and oth-
ers have described Zarqawi as a senior
associate of al-Qaida leader Osama bin
Laden, but officials acknowledge some
difference of opinion within U.S. intel-
ligence whether it is correct to describe
him as a member of the organization.
Zarqawi has been linked to the
failed millennium bombing of a
tourist hotel in Jordan and the killing
of an American diplomat in Amman
According to U.S. officials, Zar-
qawi was in Baghdad last summer,
presumably with the knowledge of
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The paper, which said it had been
provided a copy of the inspectors
report, said it referred to videotapes
showing "personnel conducting tests of
a cluster bomb that appears to utilize
submunitions based, in part, on 122-
millimeter warhead components."
The foreign minister of Guinea, a
Security Council member, will visit
administration officials this week,
national security adviser Con-
doleezza Rice said on ABC's "This
Week." Asked whether the adminis-
tration was trying to entice potential
backers with promises of financial
aid, as it sought to do with Turkey,
Rice said, "We're talking to people
about their interests."
Rice refused to say which nations
the United States is counting on for
Powell and Rice took to the air-
waves in a series of news interviews
yesterday amid a tide of opposition
to war from foreign leaders and
New Turkish premier to push for U.S.
Governing party leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan won a seat in parliament by a
huge margin yesterday, a crucial victory that opens the way for him to become
prime minister and strengthens his hand in uniting the government behind deploy-
ment of U.S. troops for an Iraq war.
The charismatic Erdogan - already the nation's de facto leader - has advo-
cated the U.S. troop deployment in Turkey, and analysts say one of his first moves
as premier could be to purge ministers who oppose it.
Prime Minister Abdullah Gul is expected to resign Wednesday to make way for
Erdogan to take over the government, after Erdogan's Justice and Development
Party overwhelmingly won by-election balloting in the southern town of Siirt.
Gov. Nuri Okutan of Siirt said Justice captured 84.7 percent of the vote. Justice is
likely to have won all three seats that were contested yesterday.
It was unclear when parliament would be ready to take up a new resolution on
U.S. troop deployment, after lawmakers failed to approve a resolution March 1.
Turkish media say a vote could come as early as Thursday, but members of the
Justice Party said it might be two weeks before a new government is in place.
"Our task is hard, our path is long but my peoples' trust is total," Erdogan told
supporters after the vote.
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip
Hamas leaders vow to continue retaliation
Hamas remains defiant despite absorbing painful blows in Israel's three-week-
old offensive - the most sustained campaign yet against the Islamic militant
group in the Gaza Strip.
Leaders have not gone into hiding and footsoldiers continue rocketing Israeli
towns. After Israel killed a top Hamas leader Saturday, the group promised
revenge and threatened to target Israeli politicians.
Hamas' confidence is nurtured by religious zeal, popular support and the expec-
tation that Israel will not dare reoccupy Gaza, a nest of armed militants and angry,
And with the group using its setbacks to rally even more supporters, the conflict
is likely to persist and shape prospects for resuming Israeli-Palestinian peace talks
after an expected U.S. attackon Iraq.
Theoretically, a weakened Hamas would be less able to sabotage negotiations
with shooting and bombing attacks on Israelis, as it has done repeatedly in the
past. However, the cycle of attack and response could just as easily accelerate,
making it even more difficult to end fighting that has dragged on for 29 months.
Travel to U.S. slows
down after Sept. 11
The U.S. foreign-born population
has reached a record high, though the
rate at which people came to America
has slowed considerably, the govern-
Experts suggest that downward trend
may be due partly to the faltering econ-
omy and fallout from the Sept. I1 ter-
Census Bureau estimates released
today show there were about 32.5 mil-
lion foreign-born residents in the Unit-
ed States in March 2002, 2 percent
more than the 31.8 million in the previ-
The growth rate had been three
times greater between March 2000
About 1.2 million people arrived in
the country in the 12 months ending in
March 2002, compared with 2.4 mil-
lion the previous year, according to
demographer William Frey, who ana-
lyzed the figures.
KUWAIT CITY, Kuwait
The prospect of war in Iraq has
cast a pall over most of the Arab
world. But here in frontline Kuwait,
it has fueled a roaring stock market,
with businessmen dreaming of a
As war between U.S.-led forces
and neighboring Iraq draws near,
Kuwaiti businessmen are confident
that the United States will remove
Saddam Hussein swiftly and pain-
lessly - and open the door for
lucrative commercial deals.
Cement and construction compa-
nies are planning to help rebuild
Iraq from the devastation of a third
war in two decades.
Banks hope a new, friendly gov-
ernment in its northern neighbor
will need massive loans to fund a
rebirth. Food wholesalers are getting
ready to feed hungry Iraqis.
strike stl unresolved
Tempers were rising and so were the
costs, but negotiations were at a stand-
still yesterday in the effort to end a
walkout that shut down 18 of the 19
musicals on Broadway.
Everyoiie is'looking toward toaay,
and the hope that talks would
resume between the League of
American Theatres and Producers
and Local 802 of the American Fed-
eration of Musicians. By yesterday
afternoon, after two dark nights at
the theaters, neither side had made
the first move.
"We are sitting by the phone (wait-
ing)," said league President Jed
Bernstein. "It's very difficult to
engage in a negotiation when you
don't have a negotiating partner ...
somebody who wants to bargain
toward a compromise."
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