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U.N. pressures inspection of Iraq NEWS IN BRIEF
HEADLINES FROM AROUND THE WORLD d
UNITED NATIONS (AP) - U.N. tions. Instead, it wants a tough new poses. The lists must disclose the loca- ical weapons capable of being launched
weapons inspectors, who today will
lay down demands to Iraq about get-
ting back into the country, may not
get the unfettered access demanded
by the United States unless the
Security Council alters a deal made
The inspectors are dusting off old
equipment, ordering helicopters and
testing new technology as the United
States negotiates a new proposal for
The Bush administration dismissed
Iraq's offer earlier this month to
accept the inspectors' unconditional
return under previous U.N. resolu-
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resolution completely redesigning the
inspections regime and the powers
inspectors would have to enter Sad-
dam Hussein's palaces, block his
movements and break in on closed
facilities during their hunt for
"This resolution that we're working
on has to give the inspectors all the
access they need and there cannot be
any conditions on presidential sites or
sensitive sites, that just can't happen,"
one U.S. official said.
. Hans Blix, the chief U.N. weapons
inspector, and Jacques Baute, the head
of the International Atomic Energy
Agency's nuclear team, today begin
two days of talks with Iraqi experts in
Vienna, Austria, to arrange for the
The Iraqis are supposed to bring a
backlog of reports listing items they
possess which could have military pur-
tions and current uses for those items.
* "We're certainly aware of what
happened last time," said Melissa
Fleming, spokeswoman for the
Vienna-based IAEA. "But we
uncovered Iraq's secret nuclear pro-
gram and we dismantled it. If we get
unfettered access, we will be suc-
Although they have not been inside
Iraq since December 1998, internation-
al inspectors are certain Iraq has a bio-
logical weapons program.
Some experts also believe that,
despite 12 years of sanctions in place
since Iraq invaded Kuwait and
lobbed Scud missiles at Israel and
Saudi Arabia, Saddam is ready to
build a nuclear bomb if he gets
enough weapons-grade uranium or
Britain said last week that Iraq has a
growing arsenal of chemical and biolog--
within 45 minutes. Washington also has
claimed Iraq has ties to Osama bin
Laden's al-Qaida terror network.
But unless they are on the ground,
inspectors say there is no way to know
just how quickly Iraq is resuscitating
When U.N. inspectors first arrived
in Baghdad in the aftermath of the
1991 Persian Gulf War, they were a
powerful, almost untouchable force.
Operating like commandos outfitted
with a fleet of helicopters and all-ter-
rain vehicles, they launched surprise
inspections across the Iraqi desert,
uncovering ballistic missiles and VX
While over 120 people worked in
the field, hundreds of experts and ana-
lysts in New York and Vienna pored
over their findings and swapped intelli-
gence with select governments -
chiefly the United States.
Kostunica tops Serbian election runoff
Vojislav Kostunica won the first round in Serbia's presidential race yesterday,
pulling away from a pro-Western candidate in the first election since the ouster of
Slobodan Milosevic, exit polls showed.
The unofficial results released by the Center for Free Elections and Democracy,
an independent watchdog group, gave Kostunica the win with 31 percent with
100 percent of the vote counted. Finishing in second with 28 percent was Deputy
Prime Minister Miroljub Labus, giving him a spot in a runoff vote.
Ultranationalist Vojislav Seselj, who was backed by Milosevic, finished in third
with 22 percent, which was much higher than expected.
Official results are not expected before today but exit polls from the CeSID
have proven reliable in the past.
"Seselj's showing was the biggest surprise," said Kostunica's top political
adviser, Slobodan Samardzic.
Seselj assumed the role of the spoiler early in the race - relishing his role as
the candidate who unashamedly embraced the nationalistic views that led
Yugoslavia into the Balkan wars.
Seselj's showing is seen as an indication that Serbia has not yet moved fully
moved beyond the extreme nationalism that marked Slobodan Milosevic's tenure.
KUWAIT CITY, Kuwait
U.S. Forces in Kuwait prepare for war in Iraq
U.S. Marines rode massive green hovercraft last week onto the Kuwaiti shore.
But instead of assaulting hostile Iraqi troops, they joined Kuwaiti allies for a
three-week exercise in the desert.
Fighter jets from the USS Abraham Lincoln flew overhead, not part of the exer-
cise, but on their way to enforce a "no-fly" zone in southern Iraq.
Engineers in Qatar, meanwhile, are finishing a new forward command post for
the U.S. Central Command - the men and women who would lead a war in Iraq.
They're expected to arrive in November to direct another exercise from the low-
profile buildings camouflaged as sand dunes.
Special operations forces have put up tents at a new base in Djibouti, across the
Red Sea from Yemen. In Kuwait, part of an armored infantry brigade from Fort
Benning, Ga., sits within 28 miles of the Iraqi border - a 10-hour drive to Bagh-
U.S. military spokesmen insist the exercises and deployments are routine, or
part of the war against terrorism. But there is little doubt these forces could be
used in an invasion of Iraq to remove President Saddam Hussein.
Israel acquiesces to
withdraw its troops
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RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -
Israel bowed to U.N. demands and U.S.
pressure yesterday, pulling troops and
tanks out through the barbed wire that
encircles Yasser Arafat's headquarters.
The Palestinian leader said the move
was only "cosmetic."
As troops removed sandbags, gener-
ators and debris from around the
Ramallah compound to end the 10-day
standoff, Israel said it still planned to
arrest alleged terrorists it says are
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holed up with Arafat.
Nevertheless, both sides offered con-
Briefly emerging from his building
- one of the last still standing in the
Palestinian government complex -
Arafat flashed a V-for-victory sign to a
crowd of several hundred supporters*
He renewed his promise to order a
cease-fire if Israel were to take troops
and soldiers out of all Palestinian terri-
Israel demanded a Palestinian crack-
down on terror but eased restrictions
on Palestinian trying to enter Israel
from the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Jobs in Israel are crucial to many
Under the new rules, 25,000 Pales-
tinian workers will be allowed to enter
Israel daily instead of the current
15,000. The quota of Palestinian busi-
nessmen was raised to 8,000 from
Nevertheless, Arafat accused Israel
of continuing to violate Tuesday's U.N.
Security Council resolution demanding
an end to the siege as well as to Israel's
months-long occupation of Palestinian
cities and to terrorism and other vio-
lence from both sides.
"They are trying to deceive the
Security Council," a stern and seem-
ingly weary Arafat told reporters in his
Thousands march on
Thousands of people opposing a war
with Iraq marched to the residence of
Vice President Dick Cheney yesterday,
culminating three days of smaller-than-
Protesters, some holding signs that
said "No Blood for Oil," blamed
Cheney for pushing the nation toward
war. Police estimated about 2,500 peo-
ple turned out for the peaceful event.
Demonstrator threats to shut down the
nation's capital and disrupt meetings of
world financial leaders during the week-
end fell flat and all protesters had evapo-
rated from city streets by dusk yesterday.
However, protest organizers insisted
their goals were met: drawing attention
to those seeking more money for global
AIDS research and calling for changes
in world economic policies.
"It's been a highly successful couple
of days," said David Levy, who was the
only protest organizer to show up for a
morning news conference yesterday to
evaluate the demonstrations.
its sister lending organization, the
"This is a kind of breakthrough....
There is a recognition that there is a gap
in the international financial architec-
ture," Koehler told a concluding news
Delegates approved a recommenda-
tion that the IMF staff develop for con-
sideration by April a fully developed
approach for allowing countries with
unsustainable debt burdens to essentially
declare bankruptcy and force creditors to
negotiate more lenient repayment terms.
Nearly 1,000 believed
dead in ferry disaster
In long, solemn lines, thousands of
people pored over photos yesterday of
the bloated bodies from one of Africa's
deadliest ferry accidents, as the govern-
ment said that nearly 1,000 people are
now believed dead.
Only 64 people are known to have
survived when the MS Joola capsized
off Africa's West Coast in heavy winds
late Thursday. Yesterday, the govern-
ment said that 1,034 people were on
board the ship, sharply up from the 797
it had first announced.
By midday yesterday; Gambian and
Senegalese sailors, dive teams and
other searchers had collected 352
bodies from the ferry, the water and
from along the coast, where some
were washing up, said Aminata
Dibba, permanent secretary for Gam-
Six refrigerated ship containers with
bodies inside were lined up in the capi-
tal's port, while hundreds more disinte-
grating bodies were offshore waiting to
be brought in.
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KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) - Trop-
ical Storm Lili set off severe flooding
and mudslides in Jamaica yesterday
while grazing southeastern Cuba, forc-
ing thousands to evacuate their homes
in low-lying areas.
Lili was strengthening and could
become a hurricane before hitting
western Cuba tomorrow, said Martin
Nelson, lead forecaster at the U.S.
National Hurricane Center in
The Cuban government braced for a
strengthened storm, issuing a hurricane
watch for Havana and the western
provinces of Matanzas, Pinar del Rio
and the Isle of Youth. The storm also
was expected to hit the U.S. mainland
as early as Friday, with rains predicted
to fall on the Florida Keys on today
At 5 p.m. EDT yesterday, Lili's
winds had grown to 60 mph, and its
center churned about 15 miles east-
northeast of the northwestern Jamaican
resort town of Montego Bay. A.tropical
storm becomes a hurricane when its
winds reach 74 mph.
As the storm brushed southeastern
Cuba, people in parts of eastern Las
Tunas and Camaguey provinces left
their homes seeking higher ground,
Cuban media reported.
In northern and eastern Jamaica,
meanwhile, heavy rains from Lili
unleashed flash floods and mudslides
that took out power lines and washed
away rural roads.
Several homes in eastern Bull Bay
were washed away, and police said one
taxi driver was reportedly carried away
in his vehicle by raging ,flood waters.
He was feared dead. A military heli-
copter swooped in to rescue several
people stranded on the rooftops of their
flooded homes in Bull Bay.
"This is the worst I've ever seen it,
World financial leaders pledged yes-
terday to do everything possible to pre-
vent stock market turmoil from derailing
an uncertain global recovery and com-
mitted themselves to meeting an April
deadline for unveiling a dramatic new
approach for handling bankrupt nations.
IMF Managing Director Horst
Koehler said the agreement to move the
bankruptcy proposal forward was a
major achievement for this year's annu-
al meetings of the 184-nation IMF and
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