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U.S. bombing kills three journalists NEWS IN BRIEF
Tank shell, bomb hit
14th and 15th floors of the
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - A U.S.
tank shell hit a hotel where hundreds
of journalists were staying and a U.S.
bomb landed on the office of an Arab
television network in the Iraqi capital
yesterday, killing a total of three jour-
nalists and wounding three others.
A statement from U.S. Central Com-
mand in Doha, Qatar, said U.S. forces
fired on the Palestine Hotel- after
JERUSALEM (AP) - A dispute
over forming a new Palestinian Cabi-
net could delay a U.S.-backed Mideast
peace plan, officials said yesterday,
while Israel mounted its first air strike
since the Iraq war began, killing a
Hamas commander and six other peo-
ple in Gaza City.
The slow pace of Palestinian politics
provoked some impatience from Presi-
dent Bush, who has said he will not
make public a U.S. supported "road
troops received "significant" enemy Protsyuk,
fire from the 18-story hotel just off other Reut
Firdos Square along the Tigris River. ed. Span
Journalists who were standing on Telecinco
balconies of the hotel taking pictures Couso, 37.
said they witnessed no signs of firing died after&
from the hotel before seeing the tank The tan]
open fire from a bridge a little over the 3rd Inf
half a mile away. U.S. Arr
The tank shell hit balconies on the mander of
14th and 15th floors of the hotel, 2nd Brigad
spraying glass and shrapnel into a reporter as
corner suite used by the Reuters fired roc
news agency. tanks from
A Ukrainian cameraman, Taras Hotel, and
35, was killed and three
ers employees were wound-
ish television network
said its cameraman, Jose
hit in the leg and jaw, also
k that fired was attached to
my Col. David Perkins, com-
the 3rd Infantry Division's
de, told an Associated Press
signed to the unit that Iraqis
ket-propelled grenades at
m in front of the Palestine
[the military, scanning the
area for observation posts, saw binocu-
lars and fired. The tanks were also tak-
ing fire from mortars, he said.
"There must have been 50 cameras
on the balconies," said AP photogra-
pher Jerome Delay, who was on top
floor. "How can they spot someone
with binoculars and not cameras?"
Delay said that he watched the tanks
which had taken up positions on the
bridge from his vantage point on the
top floor of the hotel. "All the shooting
was concentrated on the bridge and
across the river," where U.S. forces
were located, he said.
7 dead, 50 hurt
map" for peace until a Palestinian gov-
ernment takes office.
Until the Gaza strike, Israel had
scaled back its military operations,
even though a suicide bombing, billed
by Islamic Jihad as a gift to the Iraqi
nation, wounded 30 people March 30.
In yesterday's attack in Gaza, witness-
es said, an F-16 warplane fired a missile
at a car in Gaza City, turning it into a
mass of charred metal. The mangled
bodies of the people inside were brought
to Shifa Hospital in Gaza. One of the
dead was identified as Saed Arabeed,
38, a senior Hamas commander.
Doctors said seven people were killed
and about 50 wounded. They said all of
the wounded were civilians, ranging in
age from six to 75 years old. Two of the
other dead were also identified as
Hamas activists and another was a child.
Israeli security sources said
Arabeed, the main target, was respon-
sible for a string of deadly attacks
against Israelis, dating back a decade.
The attack was in the Zeitoun
neighborhood of Gaza City, known
as a stronghold of the Islamic mili-
tant Hamas, responsible for dozens
Israel has carried out many similar
attacks during the Palestinian-Israeli
violence, targeting suspected Pales-
tinian militants. Palestinians and
human rights groups have con-
demned the practice.
BASRA, Iraq (AP) - Iraqis
showed journalists a white stone jail
where they claim Saddam Hussein's
secret police for decades tortured
inmates with beatings, mutilations,
electric shocks and chemical baths.
The jail, known as the "White Lion,"
was charred and half-demolished yes-
terday after two days of bombing by
British forces fighting for control of
Basra, Iraq's second-largest city.
People taken behind the jail's sand-
stone facade usually did not come out,
Hundreds of Iraqis came to see the
now-empty jail, according to British
press reports. Relatives of missing
sinmates checked fingerprinted files
and lists of names found amid the fall-
"It was a place of evil," resident
Hamed Fattil said.
Hamed told British reporters that
Iraqi police locked him and his two
brothers in a jail dungeon in 1991,
and that he was freed after eight
months but his brothers were still
"They used to strap a leather cord
around our head, hands and shoulders
and hoist us two feet off the ground.
Then they would beat us as we hung
there," Hamed said.
"They did unthinkable things -
electrocution, immersion in a bath of
chemicals and ripping off people's fin-
ger and toenails."
The jail basement was a warren of
cells, chambers and cages where the
ground was strewn with an insect-
eaten gas mask and bottles, according
to Associated Press Television News
For the cameras, two men re-
enacted how jailers allegedly tor-
One man, hands tied behind his back
with a rope attached to a hook on the
ceiling, bent over while another man
pantomimed hitting him on the back
and the face with his hands and a long,
One man shuddered while the other
gave him a pretend electric shock.
Outside the jail, a man showed
APTN his mangled ears.
Hamed took British reporters into a
yard behind the jail into a set of white
boxy cells, surrounded by red wire
mesh with a low, wire roof.
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seized the airport and an ammunition
dump without resistance.
In Basra, a southern city of 1.3 mil-
lion people under British control at
last, military officials appointed a local
sheik as a civilian commander, the first
replacement administration put into
place anywhere in the country.
Postwar government was a key topic
for a summit meeting that brought
President Bush and British Prime Min-
ister Tony Blair to Northern Ireland.
Both men talked of a U.N. role inside
Iraq once the fighting is over, and
sought to minimize splits on who
should govern and rebuild the country.
In the meantime, they trumpeted the
battlefield successes of the American
and British forces, and said Saddam's
lavs were numiehred
Crude oil, gas prices
continue to drop
After falling nearly a dime in three
weeks, gasoline prices are expected to
keep sliding to a national average of
$1.56 a gallon this summer thanks to
lower oil prices and optimism about the
war in Iraq, the government says.
The Energy Department's statistical
agency revised its price forecast sharply
downward yesterday to reflect the
recent fail in crude oil prices. It also
warned of uncertainties that could
cause prices of both crude oil and gaso-
line to rebound
The price of crude, which hit a high
of nearly $40 a barrel on Feb. 27, was
around $28 a barrel on the New York
Mercantile Exchange yesterday. It has
dropped by about 20 percent since the
war began in Iraq.
A month ago, before the war in
Iraq, the agency predicted gas prices
would average more than $1.70 a
gallon through the summer, hitting
1.76 this month.
Colorado to use new
Colorado will soon become the first
state with public school vouchers since
a U.S. Supreme Court ruling declared
such programs constitutional.
Republican Gov. Bill Owens is
expected to sign a bill into law this
month that will allow public schools to
pay private or religious schools to edu-
cate low-income children. Other states,
including Texas and Louisiana, are con-
sidering similar plans.
Owens, who campaigned for vouch-
ers as a legislator, said approval of the
plan was a milestone.
"It sends a powerful message that our
education system exists for one simple
reason, to provide access to a quality
education for every child," he said.
A goal of conservatives for years,
vouchers were twice rejected by
Colorado voters. But the bill was
pushed through the Legislature after
Republicans won control in Novem-
linked to depression
A study has found a startling level of
despair among obese children, with
many rating their quality of life as low as
that of young cancer patients on
The research published in today's Jour-
nal of the American Medical Association
offers a glimpse of what life is like for
many obese youngsters nationwide.
They are teased about their size, have
trouble playing sports and suffer physical
ailments linked to their weight.The study
was published in an edition of the journal
devoted to obesity research. It also comes
amid growing concern about the nation's
obesity epidemic and recent data sug-
gesting 15 percent of U.S. youngsters are
severely overweight or obese.
Obesity researcher Kelly Brownell,
who runs a Yale University weight disor-
ders center, said the increasing preva-
lence of obesity hasn't made it any less
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Bin Laden tape ca for suicide bombi
An audiotape purportedly from Osama bin Laden exhorts Muslims to
rise up against Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and other governments it claims are
"agents of America," and calls for suicide attacks against U.S. and British
interests to "avenge the innocent children" of Iraq.
The 27-minute tape quotes extensively from the Muslim holy book, the
Quran, and says jihad, or holy war, in this context is the "only solution to all the
The tape was obtained Monday by The Associated Press from an Alger-
ian national, known as Aadil, who said he had slipped across the border
from Afghanistan, where the tape was apparently recorded.
There was no way immediately to confirm that the voice on the tape was
that of the al-Qaida chief.
But it was translated by an Arabic-speaking Afghan who met with bin
Laden years ago and said he believed the voice was his.
There also was no clear indication of when the tape was made, although
it references the war in Iraq and the leaders who launched it, President
Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
"You should avenge the innocent children who have been assassinated in Iraq.
Radical Serbian group pegged as assassins
The assassination of Serbia's prime minister was orchestrated by a shadowy
group that wanted to replace the pro-Western government with allies of Slobodan
Milosevic, investigators said yesterday.
The group behind Zoran Djindjic's March 12 killing - called the "Hague
Brotherhood" - hoped the assassination would create widespread chaos and
planned to follow with a coup against Serbia's government, the officials told The
Associated Press on condition of anonymity.
But Djindjic's Democratic Party quickly named a successor after his
death and police cracked down hard, arresting 7,000 people, effectively
spoiling the plan. The assassins also may have been caught off-guard by the
huge public outpouring of grief over Djindjic's death - nearly 1 million
people attended his funeral.
Police believe a feared paramilitary group known as the Unit for Special Opera-
tions, formed during Milosevic's rule, played a large role in the Hague Brother-
hood. Its deputy commander, Zvezdan Jovanovic, was arrested soon after
Djindjic's slaying on suspicion of being the assassin.
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