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LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) - The party
of Nigeria's president did well in parlia-
mentary elections, according to early
results yesterday, though true voter senti-
ment was tough to gauge because ballot-
ing was marred by fraud and violence
that killed more than two dozen people.
President Olusegun Obasanjo's
backers said the results were a good
sign heading into Saturday's elections,
in which he will seek a third term.
Early results yesterday showed his Peo-
ples Democratic Party won 135 of the
360 seats in parliament. Five opposi-
tion parties shared 99 seats and the
other contests were not yet decided.
In the 109-seat Senate, the ruling
party took 39 seats, compared with 27
for the opposition.
There were 3,000 candidates for all
469 legislative seats.
The vote was tainted by killings and
allegations of voter intimidation and
fraud. It was the first civilian-run ballot
in 20 years in Africa's most populous
During the vote, more than two
dozen people were killed in election-
related violence, witnesses and voting
observers said. In some places, the
vote was peaceful, but there were not
Several officials were arrested on
charges of trying to stuff ballot boxes,
and observers accused government
"thugs" of stealing voting supplies at
One group of international election
monitors, the Commonwealth Observ-
er Group, listed problems - missing
ballot materials, long lines at polling
stations and a lack of privacy for voters
- but said the elections went better
than some expected.
"There were violent incidents in cer-
tain places, but the most pessimistic pre-
dictions were confounded," chairman
Salim Ahmed Salim said in a statement.
The U.S. Democratic Party's
National Democratic Institute also
said voting went better than expected
but urged "concerted, extraordinary
steps" to fix flaws.
The elections were a test of civil ten-
sions in this nation of 126 million peo-
ple a week ahead of the presidential
election, which pits Obasanjo against
19 opposition candidates.
Both of Nigeria's previous attempts to
hand over power democratically from
one civilian administration to another
were thwarted by military coups.
Obasanjo took office in 1999, when
the former military regime adminis-
tered the vote. Twenty-five years ago,
Obasanjo, too, was a military ruler, but
he has transformed himself into a civil-
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Abbas, the leader of a Palestinian
group that killed an American on the
hijacked cruise liner Achille Lauro in
1985, was captured by U.S. commandos
on Monday, U.S. officials disclosed.
A number of his associates also were
detained during raids at several sites
around Baghdad, these officials said on
condition of anonymity.
Abbas, whose name actually is
Mohammed Abbas, led a faction of
the Palestine Liberation Front, a
Palestinian splinter group. His fac-
tion was in Tunisia until the attack
on the Achille Lauro, after which it
relocated to Iraq. Leon Klinghoffer,
an elderly American, was shot and
tossed overboard in his wheelchair
during the hijacking.
There was no major combat dur-
ing the day, but at least 10 Iraqis
were reported killed and 16 injured
in a clash between U.S. Marines and
a stone-throwing crowd in Mosul in
northern Iraq, The New York Times
reported. Lt. Cmdr. Charles Owens,
a spokesman at U.S. Central Com-
mand in the Persian Gulf, denied
reports that U.S. troops shot into the
crowd but said he didn't have other
details about the incident.
Central Command reported an
unidentified Marine was shot to
death in Baghdad by a member of
his unit who misto-ok him for an
Iraqi soldier. Another Marine, Cpl.
Ariel Gonzalez, 25, of Hileah, Fla.,
was killed Monday when a commer-
cial refueling vehicle collapsed on
him in southern Iraq, the Pentagon
said. Late yesterday night, the Pen-
tagon announced a third accidental
death: Army Spc. Richard A.
Goward, 32, of Midland, Mich., was
killed Monday in a truck crash.
While anti-American sentiment
flared in Iraq, U.S. forces also won
cooperation from civilians eager to
U.S. commandos in Baghdad have captured Abul Abbas, the leader of the vio-
lent Palestinian group that killed an American on the hijacked cruise liner Achille
Lauro in 1985, U.S. officials said yesterday.
Abbas was taken by American special operations forces during a raid Mon-
day night on the southern outskirts of the capital city, U.S. Central Command
said in a statement.
Several of his associates were also detained during raids at several sites around
Baghdad, defense officials said. Commandos, tipped off by U.S. intelligence to
Abbas' whereabouts, also seized documents - including Yemeni and Lebanese
passports - and weapons such as rocket-propelled grenades, officials said.
American officials would not say whether Abbas would be held inside Iraq,
taken to a third country or detained at a U.S. base. They also would not say
whether he would face charges in the United States. Abbas was sentenced in
absentia to life in prison in Italy for masterminding the Achille Lauro hijacking.
The man known as Abul Abbas, whose name actually is Mohammed Abbas, led
a faction of the Palestine Liberation Front, a Palestinian splinter group.
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HEADLINES FROM AROUND TEWORL D
Nine more victims
join SARS death toll
Doctors saved the baby of a preg-
nant woman dying of the respiratory
ailment known as SARS, delivering
the child by Caesarean section, hospi-
tal officials said. The mother was one
of nine people whose deaths were
reported yesterday as Hong Kong
struggles to combat the disease.
The global toll topped 150, defying
Asia's battle to stop severe acute res-
piratory syndrome. U.S. experts
warned the just-revealed genetic code
for the suspected SARS virus doesn't
explain how it arose but should lead
to better tests to detect it.
The SARS mother's baby was born
April 1, according to Hong Kong's
Princess Margaret Hospital, which
declined to release information on the
baby's gender or condition.
The Ming Pao daily said the baby
was not full-term but doctors decided,
the 34-year-old mother was so sick
they should go ahead with the birth.
FBI cracks down on
corrupt lab scientists
Reformed after controversy in the
mid-1990s, the FBI crime lab is
dealing with new wrongdoing by
employees that has opened the door
for challenges of the lab's science in
scores of cases involving DNA and
bullet analysis, several internal doc-
One FBI lab scientist, who con-
nected suspects to bullets through
Palestinians, Israeli army exchange fire
A Palestinian fugitive emerging from a building surrounded by Israeli soldiers
opened fire yesterday, killing an Israeli officer before being shot dead by other sol-
diers, the army said.
At the Karni truck crossing between Israel and Gaza, meanwhile, a
Palestinian opened fire and threw grenades, killing two Israeli workers and
wounding another three before he was shot and killed by army troops, the
In the West Bank city of Nablus, troops from an elite army unit, backed by heli-
copters, encircled a building in the Rafidiyah neighborhood and called on three fugi-
tives holed up inside to surrender.
As the three emerged from the building, the third in line, Mazen Fraitekh, fired a
pistol, killing Lt. Daniel Mandel, 24, and wounding another soldier.
Fraitekh was shot and wounded and retreated into the building, military offi-
Mandel, from the Jewish settlement of Allon Shvut in the West Bank, was a Cana-
dian citizen, according to the Canadian embassy in-Tel Aviv. Local residents said
Mandel was from Toronto.
Troops remained outside the five-story building for several hours, even-
tually storming it to discover Fraitekh had died of his wounds.
lead analysis, has been indicted after
admitting she gave false testimony,
and a technician has resigned while
under investigation for alleged
improper testing of more than 100
DNA samples, according to records
In addition, one of the lab's retired
metallurgists is challenging the
bureau's science on bullet analysis,
prompting the FBI to ask the National
Academy of Sciences to review its
methodology, the records obtained by
The Associated Press show.
Starbucks faces inter-
Having installed its chic coffee stores
across much of North America, Star-
bucks Corp. is aggressively expanding
overseas - and like other global retail-
ing icons, is finding that international
fame can carry a price.
Starbucks has been boycotted by
anti-war protesters in Lebanon and crit-
icized by New Zealand advocates seek-
ing higher coffee prices to farmers.
Faced with the possibility of terrorist
attacks, the company has pulled out of
Such dissent overseas recalls some of
the problems faced by McDonald's
Corp., which has been targeted by
everyone from anti-war demonstrators
What some see as growth, others see
as corporate colonialism. What some
see as international expansion of Star-
bucks, others see as the outright hijack-
ing of foreign cultures.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.
U.S. Army captures Palestinian terrorist
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