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U.S. ambassador walks out on debate NEWS IN BRIEFi


Negroponte leaves
U.N. meeting during Iraqi
ambassador's accusations
against U.S.
U.S. ambassador to the United Nations
walked out of a debate on the Iraq war
yesterday after Iraq's ambassador
accused the United States of trying to
exterminate the Iraqi people.
"I did sit through quite a long part
of what he had to say but I'd heard
enough," U.S. Ambassador John
Negroponte said.
Iraq's U.N. envoy, Mohammed Al-
Douri, charged that the United
States had arranged for contracts to
rebuild Iraq in 1997, six years
before the U.S.-led war began last

Negroponte got up and walked out
as Al-Douri continued speaking,
accusing the United States of a mili-
tary campaign to wipe out the Iraqi
"I don't accept any of the allega-
tions," Negroponte said.
Al-Douri said the United States
had even planned the carving up of
Iraq before Iraq invaded Kuwait in
Almost spluttering, he said the
United States now was using the
issue of humanitarian aid to hide its
"criminal aggression."
The Iraqi envoy urged the Security
Council to halt the war, saying ending
the conflict was even more important
than getting humanitarian assistance
into the region.
Al-Douri was the last of more
than 80 speakers at the first open

Security Council debate on Iraq
since the war began last week.
About a dozen countries that are
not on the council supported the
U.S. position, but the vast majority
opposed the war and expressed
regret that Iraq's disarmament could
not be achieved peacefully.
"Britain and the United States are
about to start a real war of extermi-
nation that will kill everything and
destroy everything," AI-Douri
"And then their regret will be of
no use."
"If the humanitarian issue is very
important, it is more important" to
halt the war, he said.
"The warning I would like to
make to the members of the august
council is that the United States and
the British were hoodwinked when

they were told that the Iraqi people
would receive them with flowers
and hugs and ululations, and the
children and the mothers will
rejoice at the coming of the U.S.
forces," he said.
It was at that point that Negro-
ponte got up from his seat around
the horseshoe-shaped table in the
Security Council chamber and
walked out.
Al-Douri went on to say, "The Iraqi
army up until now has not confronted
the United States forces" - just "the
Iraqi people, the women, the children,
the peasants."
Earlier, the United States and
Britain clashed with Russia and
France over getting aid to Iraq by
revising the oil-for-food program
that was suspended when the fight-
ing began.

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Rumsfeld adviser announces resignation
Former Pentagon official Richard Perle resigned yesterday as chairman of a
group that advises Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on policy issues, saying he did not
want a controversy over his business dealings to distract from Rumsfeld's man-
agement of the war in Iraq. In a brief statement, Rumsfeld thanked Perle for his
service and said he was grateful that the former Reagan administration official
had agreed to remain a board member. Rumsfeld made no reference to a reason
for Perle giving up the chairmanship. Perle said he was stepping aside voluntarily.
"I have seen controversies like that before and I know that this one will inevitably
distract from the urgent challenge in which you are now engaged," Perle wrote in a
resignation letter.
In the letter, made public by the Pentagon and dated March 26, Perle assured
Rumsfeld that he had abided by rules applying to members of the Defense Policy
Board. He has been chairman of the board since July 2001. The position is unpaid
but is subject to government ethics rules that prohibit using public office for private
gain. The controversy centers on Perle's deal with bankrupt Global Crossing Ltd. to
win government approval of its purchase by a joint venture of two Asian firms. Perle
would receive $725,000 for his work, including $600,000 if the government
approves the deal, according to lawyers and others involved in the bankruptcy case.
BELGRADE, Serbia-Montenegro
Assassination suspects killed by police
Police shot and killed two major suspects in the assassination of Prime Minister
Zoran Djindjic as they resisted arrest late yesterday, the government said.
Dusan Spasojevic and Milan Lukovic were leaders of the Zemun Clan, a crime
gang that has been accused of masterminding the March 12 assassination of
Djindjic, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.
"The suspects resisted arrest and opened fire on police officers ... they were
killed in an ensuing shooting," the ministry statement said.
The ministry revealed no details about what specific role the two allegedly played
in the assassination, and police were not immediately available for comment.
Police have rounded up more than 3,000 suspects in the investigation that fol-
lowed the Djindjic killing. About a third of them remain in custody. Earlier yester-
day, about 15 members of an elite police unit that was close to fomer President
Slobodan Milosevic were arrested on suspicion they helped orgaize the leader's
killing, police sources said. The Unit for Special Operations, numbering about 300
men, was disbanded peacefully Wednesday under a government order, said police
Gen. Goran Radosavljevic, whose troops took over the unit's base in northern Serbia.


Anti-war protesters stage 'die-in', 215 arrested

NEW YORK (AP) - About
215 protesters were arrested
yesterday after they lay down
on Manhattan's Fifth Avenue,
blocking traffic in the latest of
a series of demonstrations
against the war.
Most of those arrested at the
"die-in" face charges of disor-
derly conduct and obstructing
governmental administration,
police said.
Anti-war groups had called
for civil disobedience, hoping
to draw more attention than the
largely lawful protests held
daily in the city since hostilities
began in Iraq.
"Nothing else gets attention,"

Fordham University student
Johannah Westmacott said as
she jotted down officers' badge
The "die-in" was intended to
symbolize Iraqi war victims,
said organizers of M27, the ad-
hoc coalition behind the event.
It was one of a number of
scattered demonstrations yes-
terday in New York as part of a
"no business as usual" protest
theme. A dozen people demon-
strated outside Tiffany & Co.,
and five were arrested after a
scuffle with police near CNN's
At the Fifth Avenue protest,
officers arrested those who

refused to rise. They cuffed
many with plastic restraints
before half-carrying them into
waiting police trucks.
As helicopters hovered over-
head, the protesters - some
beating drums - chanted
"Hey-hey, ho-ho, Bush's war
has to go" and "Peace now!"
They were sporadically heck-
led by passing businessmen and
construction workers. One man
in a red-white-and-blue ban-
danna and hardhat plastered
with ironworkers' union and
Harley-Davidson stickers
argued toe-to-toe with a pony-
tailed protester with long side-

An anti-war protester, with her mouth taped,
sits in the middle of Fifth Avenue in New York.

Israelis stay on watch for Iraqi missiles

JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel is
staying on high alert against an Iraqi
strike despite a British assertion that
coalition forces have disabled Saddam
Hussein's ability to launch missiles
from western Iraq, an Israeli govern-
ment official said yesterday.
Thousands of Palestinians demon-
strated in the West Bank, pleading with
Saddam Hussein to strike Israel with
missiles and chemical weapons. In the
1991 Gulf War, the Jewish state was
hit with 39 conventional Scud missiles,
which caused heavy damage and hun-
dreds of injuries but few deaths.
"We have disabled Iraq's ability to
launch external aggression from the
uwest," British Prime Minister Tony
Blair said yesterday in a joint news

conference with President Bush.
Western Iraq is the part of the country
closest to Israel and the launching point
of the missiles fired in the previous war.
But an Israeli government official
who declined to be identified said
Israel still could come under attack
from elsewhere in Iraq and will
remain under high alert until the
threat of missiles or "other attacks" is
removed completely.
Israelis have been told to keep gas
masks with them and to prepare
sealed rooms in case of a chemical or
biological attack.
The war in Iraq, which began a week
ago, has fueled anger in the Gaza Strip
and West Bank, where Saddam has
doled out $35 million to Palestinian

families with relatives killed during the
uprising against Israel.
"Strike, strike Tel Aviv with chemi-
cals!" more than 4,000 people chanted
in the West Bank towns of Tulkarem
and Tubas yesterday. "Bush, the little
one, you are a coward! The land of Iraq
is not for you!"
Palestinians in the West Bank, hold-
ing posters of Saddam and waving Iraqi
flags, stomped on Israeli and American
flags. The show of support for Saddam
came as Bush and Blair stressed the
importance of a "road map" to Pales-
tinian statehood yesterday.
The plan will be presented when
Palestinian prime minister-desig-
nate Mahmoud Abbas is officially
confirmed. Under intense interna-

tional pressure, Palestinian leader
Yasser Arafat agreed to create the
position of premier and introduce
other key reforms. Without a halt in
violence, though, the road map can-
not go forward, said Raanan Gissin,
an aide to Prime Minister Ariel
Sharon. About 2,200 Palestinians
have been killed during nearly 30
months of fighting - about a third
of the Israeli toll.
"The first stage is the cessation
of violence," Gissin said. "Israel is
not afraid of the road map. It is a
sequential process."
Palestinian Cabinet Minister Saeb
Erekat called for an immediate end to
the war jn Iraq and a shift in attentin
to Middle East peace.
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to locate those suspects, DPS is expected
to pursue a warrant for a 43-year-old
non-affiliate who was seen drawing a
smiley face in permanent marker, also on
the Diag.
But not all graffiti is so friendly. A
painting of two Middle-Eastern looking
men accompany the words "I love
nukes" in one alley, while another wall
reads "drop acid, not bombs."
RC freshman Ryan Bates, a member
of the activist group Acting Out, said
graffiti has a long historical tradition of
being used to voice people's political
frustrations, adding that it is popular all
over the world, from New York - where
lower-class graffiti artists spray paint
train cars and subway walls to tell their
stories - and London to Ann Arbor.
"I've noticed it's mostly anti-war and
anti-Bush graffiti, and it's gone up dra-
matically in the last few months;' Bates
said. "I think people are really angry and
do not think their voices are being heard,
so they take their voice to the street with
a can of spray paint."
Bates added that though he feels van-
dalism is a problem, it is motivated by a
greater problem that exists in society -
that people feel disassociated from the
government and the decision makers.
"I think people should view it more as
a symptom. ... I think that it says some-
thing about the breakdown of our politi-
cal system and its ability to tend to
people's needs," he said.
But others said they feel it's important
for activists to follow the rules while still
spreading their message.
"I think, to an extent, it's fine,"
LSA junior and anti-war activist
Selcen Onsan said, adding that graf-
fiti is a bold way of carrying a mes-
sage. But she added that she feels
it's important that those using graf-
fiti to spread their messages follow
the rules set by the city and the Uni-
versity. "If we're going to work with
each other and get our message
across , we should follow each
other's rules," Onsan said.
"If you go to the extreme, nobody is
going to listen to you. They are clos-
ing ears as opposed to getting the
message across ... they are making
people upset."
DPS spokeswoman Diane Brown said
the Universitv nromotes graffiti as a

SEOUL, South Korea
Activist proposes
use of human shield
If the United States ever threatens to
bomb North Korea's nuclear facilities,
one South Korean activist says he
would try to send so-called "human
shields" of civilians to protect the site
from attack.
It's a whimsical idea: getting per-
mission to enter North Korea is
tough, even for its few sympathizers,
and the Yongbyon nuclear complex is
one of the most restricted military
areas in a nation where travel is cir-
Still, activist Ko Young-dae's
improbable plan is an example of
how some Koreans are beginning to
"think about"- aftd b c' for - a
conflict in their region once the war
in Iraq ends and the United States
focuses on North Korea's suspected,
efforts to develop nuclear weapons.
"Our human shield plan is a way to
stop a war from breaking out on the
Korean Peninsula," Ko said.
Kidnapping alert
approved by House
The House joined the Senate yesterday
in approving money for a nationwide
child kidnapping "Amber Alert" system,
but a dispute over the House's addition of
other provisions for sex offenses could
delay the system's implementation.
The GOP-controlled House pushed
through a package of child protection

measures by an overwhelming vote of
410-14, including "Amber" and "Code
Adam" alerts designed to quickly stop
kidnappers, a ban on computer-simulated
child pornography and new punitive
measures for sex offenses. The legisla-
tion "not only gets the word out after a
kidnapping, but it also takes strong steps
to keep them from happening in the first
place," said House Judiciary Committee
Chairman James Sensenbrenner (R-
Wis.). President Bush said in a statement
that he would sign the legislation "as
quickly as possible."
S enn attracted to
Like a hummingbird following fra-
grance to a flower, the male perfbl-
lows chemical attractants to find the
female egg. Researchers now have iden-
tified a key partof the process, andisay
the discovery could lead to a new form of
contraception that does not depend on
hormones, or to help for infertility.
In laboratory tests, the researchers
found that human sperm has a receptor,
or chemical sensor, that causes the sperm
to swim vigorously toward concentra-
tions of a natural attractant. The precise
compound present in the human female
reproductive tract has not been identified,
the researchers said. But the new study,
using a laboratory compound called
bourgeonal, proves that sperm does
respond to a chemical signal by swim-
ming toward the source, said UCLA biol-
ogy Prof. Richard Zimmer.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.


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