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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -
An American college student in
Gaza to protest Israel operations
was killed yesterday when she was
run over by a bulldozer while trying
to block troops from demolishing a
Palestinian home.
At least one Palestinian also was
The killing of the student by the
Israelis - the first of a foreign
activist in 29 months of fighting -
came as Israelis and Palestinians
wrangled over the terms of a U.S.-
backed plan to end the violence and
establish a Palestinian state.
Rachel Corrie, 23, of Olympia,
Wash., had been with U.S. and British
demonstrators in the Rafah refugee
camp trying to stop demolitions. She
died in the hospital, said Ali Moussa,
a hospital administrator.
"This is a regrettable accident," said
Capt. Jacob Dallal, an army spokesman.
"We are dealing with a group of protest-

ers who were acting very irresponsibly,
putting everyone in danger."
There was no immediate reaction
from Washington. Greg Schnabel, 28, of
Chicago, said four Americans and four
Britons were trying to stop Israeli troops
from destroying a building belonging to
Samir Masri.
Israel for months has been tearing
down houses of Palestinians it suspects
in Islamic militant activity, saying such
operations deter attacks on Israel such as
suicide bombings.
"Rachel was alone in front of the
house as we were trying to get them to
stop'" Schnabel said. "She waved for the
bulldozer to stop. She fell down and the
bulldozer kept going. It had completely
run over her and then it reversed and ran
back over her."
She was wearing a brightly colored
jacket when the bulldozer hit her.
Several Palestinians gathered at
the site, and troops opened fire,
killing one Palestinian, witnesses

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"This is a regrettable accident We are dealing SEOUL, South Korea
with a group of protesters who were acting very N. Korea demands direct talks with U.S.
irresponsibly, putting everyone in danger:'

- Jacob Dallal
Israeli Army spokesman

said. The army had no comment on
that report.
Corrie was the first member of the
Palestinian-backed "International Soli-
darity Movement" to be killed in a con-
flict that has claimed more than 2,200
Palestinian lives - about three times the
toll on the Israeli side.
A student at The Evergreen State Col-
lege in Olympia, Corrie would have
graduated this year, Schnabel said.
Her killing should be a message to
President Bush, who is "providing Israel
with tanks and bulldozers, and now they
killed one of his own people," said Man-
sour Abed Allah, 29, a Palestinian


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human rights worker who witnessed
Corrie's death.
Several other U.S. citizens have been
killed in Palestinian-Israeli violence. On
March 5, Abigail Litle, 14, 'was killed in
a Palestinian suicide bombing attack on
a bus in the northern Israeli city of
Haifa. Last July, five Americans died in
a bombing at the Hebrew University in
Bush said Friday that a long-awaited
"road map" for peace would be back on
the table once Yasser Arafat appointed a
prime minister with real power - a
process that appeared well under way
last week.
health alert
The Associated Press
A deadly, mysterious respiratory ill-
ness spread largely among health care
workers in Asia could be a new strain
of flu or even an exotic virus passed
from animals to people, a health offi-
cial said yesterday.
Probably the most feared by health
experts, however, would be a new and
deadly strain of flu.
The illness, which carries flu-like
symptoms, has killed nine people -
seven in Asia and two in North Ameri-
ca. Its rapid spread in southeast Asia in
recent weeks caused a rare worldwide
health alert to be issued on Saturday.
Health officials say it may be several
more days before they are able to iden-
tify the disease. However, they said
several of its features suggest it is
caused by a virus, which can often be
difficultto pinpoint quickly using stan-
dard lab tests._
"Certainly influenza is on the meinds
of many people," said David HeynAiann,
communicable diseases chif fordthe
World Health Oranization ; .
Hatofft iiaE sayit n ly blsverai
Lab tests have ruled out some vari-
eties of fluas well as some viruses
that cause hemorrhagic fever. Howev-
er, many other possibilities remain,
Heymann said.
Those include "a new strain of
influenza" or such exotic diseases as the
closely related Hendra and Nipah virus-
es- both newly recognized, causing
flu-like symptoms and capable of being
spread from animals to people.
"If it really is the flu, it could be we
have a new organism that could cause a
pandemic," said R. Bradley Sack,
director of Johns Hopkins' internation-
al travel clinic. "People immediately
start thinking of 1917," the year a
worldwide flu epidemic killed at least
20 million people.
Experts discounted the possibility
that terrorism is the source and
believe it almost certainly is a con-
tagious infection that spreads most
easily from victims to their doctors,
nurses and families through cough-
ing, sneezing and other contact with
nasal fluids.
"Nothing about that pattern sug-
gests bioterrorism," said Julie Ger-
berding, head of the U.S. Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention
in Atlanta.
Officials said they are encouraged
that some recent victims seem to be
recovering, although they are unsure
whether that is because of the many
antibiotic and antiviral drugs they have
been given or simply the natural course
of the disease.
Heymanns said three or four patients

had stabilized enough to be moved out
of intensive care yesterday in Hanoi,
Vietnam, although all still had breath-
ing problems.
Continued from Page IA
"I have to say that I really believe that
had we given that strong message some
time ago, Saddam might have realized
that the games had to stop," the prime
minister said.
Aznar, the prime minister of
Spain, where millions of protesters
staged rallies Friday, said he was not
dissuaded by dissent.
"We are well aware of the interna-
tional world public opinion, of its
concern, and we are also very well
aware of our responsibilities and
obligations," Aznar said.
Portugal Prime Minister Jose

Family, friends say
Smart brainwashed
Mormon faithful gathered to pray
yesterday at Elizabeth Smart's church,
where her grandfather declared that the
15-year-old was so robbed of her free
will by her captors that she didn't try to
escape even when left alone for a day.
Her bishop called Elizabeth "pure
before the Lord."
Smart's grandparents and uncle spoke
to about 250 people gathered for the
service where the Smart family worships.
"As a doctor, it's amazing to me that
you can become so brainwashed that
you identify with your captor," grandfa-
ther Charles Smart said.
During her time withher abductors,
"Elizabeth had the chance of escaping.
One day she was completely by herself,
but she didn't try to run away" he said.
He did not elaborate on circumstances
in which the girl was left alone.
Smart was snatched from her home
June 5 and found by police Wednesday
walking near Salt Lake City.
New premier vows
to alleviate poverty
China's new premier took office
yesterday with a reputation for caring
about the countryside and a challenge
to prove it, inheriting the Herculean
job of reducing the yawning gap
between urban rich and rural poor
while keeping Asia's most dynamic
economy growing.

Hours after Wen Jiabao was chosen
to run the government and oversee its
finances, the state propaganda machine
swung into action to reinforce the nar-
rative of his new generation of leaders:
They care about poverty and the Chi-
nese people living through it.
On state television, broadcast to
China's every corner, there was Wen,
sleeves rolled up and eyes squinting in
the sun, clasping the hands of the rural
poor. There was Wen under an umbrel-
la, shouting encouraging words to flood
victims through a bullhorn.
Violent spree ends
city's decline in crime
The bullets seemed to be flying every-
where: In a string of store clerk slayings
in Queens and Brooklyn, at a melee in a
crowded Times Square arcade, during a
police sting on the streets of the city's
most sedate borough, Staten Islind.
Those shootings alone killed six peo-
ple this month, including two undercover
detectives, reviving menacing images of
the Big Apple as an urban battleground.
"Sometimes we have a couple of
fights, but nothing like this," said Omar
Leger, a security guard for the Times
Square arcade's nightclub, where eight
people were shot a week ago.
The violence has been a startling
departure from the city's long, steady
decline in crime. For the nation's largest
police department, it also comes as offi-
cers are already stretching their resources
to respond to terror threats.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.

North Korea cannot remain "a passive onlooker" while the United States con-
ducts military exercises in the region, the North said yesterday, claiming that
Washington is pushing a nuclear crisis toward a second Korean War.
While vowing to counter any military attacks, Pyongyang also said yesterday it
wants to avoid war and reiterated its demand for direct talks with Washington.
"The DPRK cannot remain a passive onlooker to the U.S. intensified military
moves as they are a dangerous military racket to ignite the second Korean War,
North Korea's official Rodong Sinmun said yesterday. DPRK stands for Democ-
ratic People's Republic of Korea, North Korea's official name.
The U.S. military said the annual Foal Eagle exercises, which end April 2, are
defensive and not related to the political situation on the Korean Peninsula.
North Korea blames the war games for heightened tensions on the divided
Korean Peninsula. A dispute over North Korea's nuclear programs has been spi-
raling since October, when the United States said Pyongyang had admitted having
a secret nuclear weapons program in violation of a 1994 agreement.
The United States has gathered an impressive show of force for the games,
including the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson and six U.S. F-117 Nighthawk
stealth fighters, here for the first time in a decade.
Justice Dept uncovers FBI inquiry errors
The Justice Department has identified about 3,000 criminal cases that could
have been affected by flawed science and skewed testimony at the FBI laboratory
before 1997, and is letting prosecutors who handled those cases decide whether
defendants should be notified.
To date, government officials told The Associated Press they are aware of
between 100 and 150 cases in which prosecutors decided to alert defendants of
problems they concluded were material to their verdicts. None has resulted in
overturned convictions, they said.
One of those cases already has reached the Florida Supreme Court. The
court last week ruled that convicted murderer George Trepal was not enti-
tled to a new trial despite evidence the FBI's chief toxicology chemist gave
inaccurate testimony.
The identification of cases and prosecutorial reviews are the final stages of a
scandal that rocked the FBI during the mid-1990s when a senior chemist at the
famed crime lab went public with allegations of shoddy work, tainted evidence
and skewed testimony.


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