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U.N. inspectors, Iraq open talks IN BRIEF

VIENNA, Austria (AP) - U.N. weapons inspec- Iraqi compliance. Vienna meetings have addressed those topics, a deci-

tors demanded the right to roam freely around Sad-
dam Hussein's palaces and other suspect sites when
they opened talks with the Iraqis yesterday on the
logistics of a possible return to Baghdad.
Chief inspector Hans Blix, leading the closed-door
meetings with an Iraqi delegation, said the inspectors
were operating under the assumption they would be
able to go anywhere, anytime if they return to Iraq
for a fresh assessment of the country's nuclear, bio-
logical and chemical programs.
The dispute came to a head after the Bush
administration repeatedly accused Iraq of blatant-
ly violating U.N. resolutions requiring Baghdad to
disarm. Washington threatened to unilaterally
remove Saddam from power because more than a
decade of international pressure had failed to win

When President Bush made an impassioned
plea for tougher U.N. action at the General
Assembly last month, Saddam switched course
and pledged unconditional access to sites across
Iraq. But in recent days Baghdad has rejected any
new U.N. resolutions to broaden and toughen the
inspection regime. Iraqi resistance has thrown
into question whether the eight sprawling presi-
dential palaces - up to now off-limits to surprise
visits - would be open to renewed inspections.
"We're telling the Iraqis we don't want any limita-
tions on our access," a senior diplomat close to the
talks said on condition of anonymity.
The issue of palace inspections and some other
contentious matters would require amending the most
recent U.N.-Iraq agreement on inspections. While the

sion on changing the sanctions regime would have to
be made by the U.N. Security Council once Blix
reports back on Thursday.
Under a deal U.N. Secretary-General Kofi
Annan cut with Baghdad in early 1998, the
inspectors' access to eight so-called presidential
sites encompassing a total of 12 square miles was
restricted. The deal prevented inspectors from
carrying out surprise visits to the sites, which
include Saddam's palaces. The deal also created a
team of international diplomats to accompany
inspectors when they did enter.
The United States and the rest of the Security
Council endorsed that plan, which remains in effect.
However, the Bush administration is pushing for a
resolution that would nullify the Annan deal.


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Israel pull
back to
end siege
JERUSALEM (AP) - Critics
from all sides decried. Israeli Prime
Minister Ariel Sharon yesterday for1
his handling of the siege of Yasser1
Arafat's headquarters, after U.S.1
pressure forced him to pull back
Israeli troops and end the 10-day
Meanwhile, violence flared in the
West Bank city of Nablus, where Israeli
troops killed,two Palestinian boys, ages
10 and 11, Palestinian officials said.
Israeli soldiers enforcing a curfew in
the city and a neighboring refugee
camp clashed first with stone-throwing
youths, then with Palestinian gunmen,
witnesses said.I
Sharon was in Moscow yesterdayc
as the criticism swirled over the
decision the day before to pull1
troops out of Palestinian leader
Arafat's compound in the West Bankt
town of Ramallah. Some said
Sharon and his government hadi
underestimated Washington's deter-'
mination to keep the Israeli-Pales-t
tinian conflict from undermining the
campaign against Iraqi leader Sad-I
dam Hussein.
"Sharon is leaving behind a colossal
failure, the most notable failure sincee
the beginning of his term in office,"c
commentator Hemi Shalev wrote in thej
newspaper Maariv.
A new threat to his coalitioni
emerged at a convention of his senior
partner, the moderate Labor Party, overI
a domestic issue - the state budget.
Sharon has said that if the budget is not7
passed by the end of October, he will
call an election.
Labor members of the Cabinet had
already decided to support the budget
- and thus stay in the government -
partly because the possibility of a U.S.t
war with Iraq makes it an awkward!
time to display political divisions.
However, party delegates yesterdayf
voted to force their ministers to con-
vene another convention to report onI
the budget negotiations before the votei
in parliament, challenging the authority
of the party leader, Binyamin Ben-I
Outbursts of violence continued in
Palestinian areas.
Gunfire broke out yesterday in down-
town Nablus on the West Bank. Wit-
nesses said Palestinian gunmen
apparently fired on soldiers and the
Israelis fired back. Black smoke rose
from one building. Helicopters and mil-
itary ambulances arrived at the scene.
Earlier, an 11-year-old Palestinian boy
was killed in the Balata refugee camp
near Nablus when soldiers enforcing a
curfew fired from tanks at children who
threw stones while on their way to
school, doctors said. The military said
soldiers had fired at a youth who was
about to throw a firebomb.
Continued from Page 1
talking about "Shanghai Nights 3,"
Chan said of his upcoming features.
"One just comes after another. I just
want to retire someday, but they just
keep on coming."
Chan almost always chooses films
that will appeal to the mass audience,
especially children. "When I choreo-

graph all my action scenes it's very
difficult," he explains. "Action with-
out violence, very difficult. The chil-
dren have to laugh." The
international star is critical of many
Hollywood action films, in particular
those with excessive bloodshed. "So
many American action movies are
about the big machine gun. I think
how to get rid of the gun."

DAKAR, Senegal
Death toll up for
Senegal ferry disaster
Screaming for help and gasping for
air, countless victims of one of Africa's
deadliest ferry disasters survived for
hours in the overturned MS Joola, res-
cue divers said yesterday - describing
scenes of horror in air pockets that had
kept the vessel afloat.
With nearly 1,000 presumed dead, it
appeared yesterday the true toll could
be even hundreds higher - with ticket-
ing authorities saying all children under
5 would have gone unticketed, and thus
apparently uncounted. "Children were
found clutching their mothers," said
Haidar el Ali, a diver who visited the
doomed vessel.
President Abdoulaye Wade acknowl-
edged the state-run MS Joola was over-
crowded when it capsized in the Atlantic
just before midnight Thursday, tumbling
under the waves in a heavy gale. Ger-
many's Hamburger Abendblatt daily
reported Monday that a German shipyard
built the ship 12 years ago.
Sterile blood given to
transfusion patients
Several hundred transfusion recipi-
ents around the country - adults under-
going heart surgery and children with
certain inherited anemias - are being
enrolled in a bold experiment: They'll
receive donated blood that has essential-
ly been sterilized. Today's blood supply
is very safe because it undergoes
numerous tests to ensure that donated
pints containing infections like the
AIDS virus are thrown out.
Testing isn't perfect, however, and a

Sen. Torricelli withdraws re-election bid
Democratic Sen. Robert Torricelli abruptly dropped his re-election bid yester-
day - just five weeks before Election Day - after a bruising year marked by
ethics questions and an admonishment by his colleagues.
Noting that Democratic control of the Senate is at stake in the Nov. 5 election,
Torricelli said: "I could not stand the pain if any failing on my part will do dam-
age to the things and the people that I have fought for all of my life."
Torricelli, who was seeking a second term, spent all day talking with party
leaders about possible replacements and researching the legal issues involved in
getting a new candidate on the ballot.
Party officials were considering a list of possible candidates including former Sens.
Frank Lautenberg and Bill Bradley and current House members Bob Menendez,
Frank Pallone and Rob Andrews, according to sources in Washington and New Jersey.
An associate said it was unlikely Bradley would accept. A source close to Laut-
enberg said he would run if asked by Gov. James McGreevey, a fellow Democrat.
Under New Jersey law, a political party can replace a statewide nominee on the
ballot if the person drops out at least 48 days before the election. But only 36 days
remain until the election, meaning Democrats would have to seek approval from
the state attorney general, a Democrat.
Government soldiers inflict losses on rebels
Government soldiers claimed yesterday they had inflicted heavy losses on rebel troops
in Ivory Coast, while French troops in jeeps with mounted guns scoured the countryside
in search of isolated Westerners who might need rescue in case of all-out war.
With rebels and loyalists still facing off ahead of a promised government attack,
questions were growing yesterday over how well loyalist forces could make good
on their threat. Many were armed with outdated equipment, including guns held
together with tape.
Trying to avert a bloody showdown, West African foreign ministers flew into
the commercial capital Abidjan yesterday to talk with the rebels and try to per-
suade them to agree to a cease-fire.
Mediators included foreign ministers from Nigeria, Ghana and Togo. The dele-
gation planned to meet with the shadowy rebels, Foreign Minister Hackman
Owusu-Agyeman said, confirming that the envoys had managed to identify those
they believe are leading the insurgency. He refused to give details.
Launching their insurgency with a bloody coup attempt Sept. 19, rebels took
and held control of the central city of Bouake, and northern Korhogo.


few tainted pints slip by. Last month's
discovery that West Nile virus apparent-
ly can be spread through transfusions
highlights another problem: Blood banks
can't prevent what they can't test for, and
there's no test yet for West Nile in donat-
ed blood. A technology called "pathogen
inactivation" is being promoted as the
A chemical added to a donated bag of
blood is supposed to break up the genetic
material of any viruses or bacteria lurk-
ing inside so they can't infect, essentially
offering the first way to sterilize blood.
McDonald's, Frito Lay
will decrease fat use
Dr. Sarah Blumenschein sees a pattern
in the overweight children who come to
her clinic: They snack more often and
they eat out more often - especially at
fast-food restaurants.
"The kids don't realize the high calorie
and fat levels in fast food," said Blumen-
schein, a pediatric cardiologist at the
University of Texas Southwestern Med-
ical Center at Dallas. "The marketing of
fast food has been very clever."
She applauds the recent announce-
ments by McDonald's Corp. and Frito-
Lay Inc. that they will reduce a particular
form of fat in making french fries and
chips. But she and other medical experts
said the move was overdue, and they plan
to keep pressing the U.S. food industry to
do more to reduce fat, not just substitute
one for another.
"Trans fat is a no-brainer. They should
have done this a long time ago. We've
known about trans fat for 30 years," New
York University Nutrition Prof. Marion
Nestle said.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.


School of International & Public Affairs
Columbia University
Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service
Georgetown University
School of Advanced International Studies
Johns Hopkins University
Woodrow Wilson School
of Public and International Affairs
Princeton University
Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
Tufts University

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