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ening as more world leaders have said Saddam
Hussein cannot be allowed to snub U.N. weapons
Officials from France, Spain, Denmark and
the Netherlands denounced Saddam in excep-
tionally blunt terms yesterday, and some allies
said military action cannot be ruled out if Bush
works through the United Nations to confront
The comments, a subtle but potentially significant
shift in tone among wary U.S. allies, came as senior
administration officials said Bush planned to urge
the U.N. on Thursday to demand that Saddam open
his weapons sites to unfettered inspections or face
punitive action.
In his address Thursday to the U.N. General
Assembly, Bush is not expected to set a deadline nor
spell out the consequences - leaving the finer

comply, officials said.
The officials, speaking on condition of anonymi-
ty, said Bush is convinced Saddam will provoke
military action.
Bush's case was bolstered by the International
Institute for Strategic Studies, a London group
that issued a report saying Iraq could build a
nuclear weapon in a few months if it obtained
radioactive material. It warned, too, of Saddam's
powerful arsenal of chemical and biological
Iraqi Foreign Minister Naji Sabri called such
claims "false pretexts, false accusations" designed to
turn the world against Iraq.
White House aides said that while few allies
are fully behind Bush, the comments of world
leaders in recent days suggest the debate has
shifted from a question of whether the United

possesses biological, chemical or nuclear weapons
left Iraq in 1998 and have been barred from return-
ing despite several U.N. resolutions. Bush intends to
tells world leaders the relevancy of the U.N. is at
stake as he seeks to disarm Saddam.
"It does appear that a movement is budding to put
some force to previous U.N. resolutions," White
House spokesman Ari Fleischer said.
"It's clear that both the Congress and the U.N.
are returning to an issue that had not gotten suffi-
cient attention in recent years, and now some
muscle looks like it's being put at least rhetori-
cally into the deliberations of the world's lead-
ers," he said.
Fleischer did not offer an example, but Bush
advisers privately said the president was pleasantly
surprised by a proposal from French President
Jacques Chirac.

Handing out chocolate and special-issue Swatches, the Swiss kicked off cere-
monies yesterday to end decades of splendid isolation and follow the rest of the
world into the United Nations.
But in a final gesture. of independence, they made it clear they would not
change their flag.
The U.N. General Assembly is expected to formally admit Switzerland as its
190th member during a ceremony in New York today. To the accompaniment of
the Swiss Army Band, the country's flag - a white cross on red background -
will then be hoisted to flutter as a lone square among the sea of rectangles.
"Finally Switzerland will be at home as a member of the U.N. family," declared
Bertrand Louis, ambassador to U.N. offices in Geneva.
"When the Swiss delegation steps down from his observer seatto join the main
U.N. body, it will be a big step. It will be a step out of the shadows."
After more than 50 years on the sidelines, Switzerland joined the United
Nations after voters approved the move in March by a 55 percent majority.
In the last vote 16 years earlier, 75 percent opposed U.N. membership on the
grounds it would endanger the Alpine nation's revered neutrality in an era of acute
East-West tensions.


September 11, 2002
Opportunities for
Prayer & Reflection
First United Methodist Church
The community i /invited to the
fo//ow/ngspeca/servicef on
Wednesday, September I1.
Downtown: 120f tate ft.
9 am Prayer Vigil begins
(sanctuary open all day)
Noon Prayer & Remembrance
7:30 pm Worship Service
8:30 pm Outdoor Candlelight Service
Green Wood: /0/Green Rd
8:00 pm Prayers for Peace

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hoon k ls 2n Cna an1mn5s terrorists, promises elections

SHANGHAI, China (AP) - Thou-
sands of people in southeastern China
were living in tents yesterday after
typhoon Sinlaku ripped apart homes
and claimed at least 24 lives. Some
300,000 people were forced out of their
homes in and around the city of Wen-
zhou after Typhoon Sinlaku slammed
into coastal Zhejiang province Saturday
with winds up to 87 mph, said an offi-
cial in the city's Disaster Relief Office.

Most had returned by yesterday
morning, but several thousand were
still in tents, said the official, who
would give only his surname, Zhang.
He didn't know the exact number.
High winds and landslides destroyed
more than 14,000 homes, Zhang said.
Wenzhou is a prosperous city of 1.2
million people known for its shoe-
export industry. With surrounding
towns included, the area has a total
population of 7 million people. Zhang
said tents, blankets, food and clothing
was distributed to the homeless.
The typhoon killed at least 23 peo-
ple in Wenzhou and the surrounding
area, he said. Another person was
missing and feared dead.

One person was reported dead in the
neighboring province of Fujian,
according to the Huashan Newspaper
in the provincial capital,Fuzhou.
Much of Wenzhou lost electricity Sat-
urday as winds snapped power lines.
Power was later restored, Zhang said.
In several fishing ports just south of
Wenzhou, waves up to 53 feet high
swept away five big fishing piers and
sank at least one large fishing ship,
said an official in Cangnan county,
where the ports are located.
More than 50 other large fishing
vessels were damaged as waves
knocked them together as they sat
anchored, said the official, who gave
only his family name, Wu.

Yasser Arafat condemned terror attacks and promised to hold general elections
in January, but in a rambling speech to the Palestinian parliament yesterday he fell
short of outlining clear steps against terror or agreeing to share some power with a
prime minister.
Fumbling with microphones and repeatedly straying from a prepared text, the
Palestinian leader also offered - apparently in jest - to give up executive powers
if asked. The parliament session in Arafat's sandbagged West Bank headquarters
came at what could be a pivotal point in the two years of Israeli-Palestinian vio-
lence, with signs of a thaw coinciding with Palestinian militants' efforts to stage
attacks of unprecedented scale.
In a speech that was both conciliatory and packed with accusations against
Israel, Arafat said he condemned "attacks against Israeli civilians" and that such
attacks drew attention away from Palestinians' suffering under Israeli occupation.
He told legislators to uphold the national interest - but he skipped passages from
the draft that included a call on parliament to ban suicide-attacks.
Addressing Israelis, Arafat said: "We want to achieve peace with you .."

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FBI on high alert
for anniversary
The FBI is warning local police and
the U.S. utility, banking and transporta-
tion industries of a steady stream of
threats mentioning New York, Washing-
ton and the anniversary of the Sept. 11
U.S. military bases and diplomatic
missions worldwide are also being
placed on high alert for the week, offi-
cials say.
The U.S. Embassy in Jakarta was
closed Monday because of a specific
threat against it.
The flurry of incoming threats
picked up by intelligence sources is
challenging the FBI to determine which
might be credible. But while officials
say they have no specific details of an
impending attack, the government is
taking no chances.
White House press secretary Ari
Fleischer said Monday the threat of
new attacks remains a worry to U.S.
BAGRAM, Afghanistan
'Champion Strike' to
aim at al-Qaida forces
U.S. forces have launched a large-
scale operation in southeastern
Afghanistan aimed at Osama bin
Laden's al-Qaida network, a U.S. Army
spokesman said yesterday.
Operation Champion Strike began a
few days ago and is centeredin the
Bermel valley near the town of Shkin
about 150 miles south of the capital
Kabul, Maj. Richard Patterson said.
Shkin is located in Paktika province
on the border with Pakistan.

Because Champion Strike is an
ongoing operation, Patterson said he
could provide only limited details. He
would not say when Champion Strike
was launched or when it would end.
However, Patterson said there has
been one firefight involving U.S. sol-
diers since the operation began. There
were no U.S. casualties nor deaths
among the enemy, he said.
Soldiers taking part in the operation
have detained a number of people, Pat-
terson said.
Philadelphia, Penn.
Woman with gun
will not be charged
Prosecutors have dropped charges
against a woman who was arrested after
security screeners found a loaded gun
in her bag at Philadelphia International
U.S. Attorney Patrick Meehan said
yesterday that the gun belonged to
Nancy Keller's husband and that there
wasn't enough evidence to prove she
knew it was in her bag.
Prosecutors declined to say how the
.357-caliber semiautomatic got into a
zipper compartment in Keller's carry-
on bag.
Keller, 37, of Huntersville, N.C., was
making a connection in Philadelphia on
a flight from Atlanta on Aug. 25 when a
screener saw the gun on an X-ray
machine. She had been charged with
boarding an aircraft with a concealed
The screener who apparently
missed the weapon at Hartsfield
Atlanta International Airport was
later fired.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.


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