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2A - The Michigan Daily - Friday, November 15, 2002


U.S. compels Iraq to cooperate NEWS IN BRIEF


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WASHINGTON (AP) - In another
warning to Saddam Hussein, U.S. offi-
cials said yesterday that Iraq must not
"play games" with U.N. weapons
inspectors and they disputed Iraq's
claim not to have nuclear, chemical or
biological weapons.
"I'll simply say that they do have
weapons of mass destruction and the
purpose of the U.N. resolution, of
course, is for them to agree to allow
inspectors in and to allow the inspectors
to make some conclusions," Defense
Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said at a
Pentagon news conference.
Iraq on Wednesday accepted a
tough new U.N. Security Council

resolution demanding it disarm and
allow inspectors unfettered access
anywhere in Iraq. But Iraq's accept-
ance letter was filled with anti-
American invective and repeatedly
claimed Saddam's government did
not have any banned weapons or
programs to make them.
"I've never tried to predict what (Sad-
dam) might do, but one thing I know he
better not do, and that is play games,"
White House spokesman Scott McClel-
lan said.
Added Secretary of State Colin Pow-
ell, during a trip to Canada: "I think
what we're interested in seeing is a new
spirit of cooperation, if there's going to

be one, from Iraq."
Bush called Spanish Prime Minister
Jose Maria Aznar yesterday and the two
leaders "expressed full solidarity in
demanding that the Iraqi regime dis-
arm," McClellan said.
The president has said repeatedly that
if Iraq does not disarm, the United
States would lead "a coalition of the
willing" to disarm Iraq by force.
The weapons inspectors are to resume
their search for illegal caches by Dec. 23
and are to report to the Security Council
60 days after they start looking. Iraq has
until Dec. 8 to give a full accounting of
all its banned weapons programs as well
as programs to develop long-range mis-

siles and remote-controlled aircraft to
deliver them.
At any point, failure by Iraq to com-
ply with its obligations, and any false
statements or omissions in the list, are to
be reported by the inspectors to the
Security Council.
Administration officials have said
the resolution also prohibits Iraq from
firing on U.S. and British planes
patrolling no-fly zones over northern
and southern Iraq. The United States
set up the zones after the 1991 Persian
Gulf War, saying they were in support
of U.N. resolutions demanding that
Saddam not attack Kurds in the north
and Shiite Muslims in the south.

Pakistani man executed for CIA shooting
A Pakistani man who killed two CIA employees in a 1993 shooting rampage
outside the agency's headquarters was executed yesterday as the State Depart-
ment warned of global retaliation against Americans.
Aimal Khan Kasi, 38, died by injection at the Greensville Correctional
Center at 9:07 p.m.
"There is no god but Allah," Kasi said, softly chanting in his native tongue
until he lost consciousness.
Hours before the execution, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal and
Gov. Mark Warner denied a request for clemency, saying Kasi has "shown
absolutely no remorse for his actions."
Last week, the State Department warned that Kasi's execution could lead
to acts of vengeance against Americans everywhere. Two days after his
conviction, assailants shot and killed four American oil company workers in
Karachi, Pakistan.
Some Pakistani politicians pleaded with American officials to spare Kasi's life,
saying commutation could "win the hearts of millions" and help the United States
in its war on terrorism. Hundreds of religious students protested in Pakistan this
week, warning Americans there that they will not be safe if Kasi dies.

House Dems
elect Pelosi as
new leader
WASHINGTON (AP) - Rep. Nancy Pelosi, a California
liberal, easily won election yesterday as leader of minority
House Democrats and swiftly set a goal of crafting a "down
the center" program for economic growth.
"Hopefully, we can find a great deal of common ground
with Republicans" across a range of issues, said the 62-
year-old, a veteran of 15 years in Congress. "But where not,
we will put up the fight."
With her victory, Pelosi became the first woman
leader of either party in Congress. "I've been waiting
over 200 years," she quipped, but the triumph, when it
came, was an easy one. She defeated Rep. Harold Ford
Jr. of Tennessee on a vote of 177-29.
Pelosi takes the helm of a party that has been out of
power in the House for eight years, and suffered a dispirit-
ing loss of seats in last week's elections. She succeeds Rep.
Richard Gephardt of Missouri, who stepped down after four
terms as minority leader.
In the run-up to the leadership election, Pelosi's Democratic
critics had said her liberal brand of politics could pose a prob-
lem for a party struggling to regain a majority. But she moved

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expected ROME
Pope makes first appearance before parliament

U.S. House Democrats yesterday chose Rep. Nancy Pelosi, left,
of California to serve as minority leader in Congress' lower house.
She will succeed Rep. Richard Gephardt, right, of Missouri.
to blunt such criticism in the hours before her election,
appointing Rep. John Spratt, a South Carolina moderate with
experience in military and budget issues, as her assistant.
And on Wednesday night, she was among a minority of
the Democratic rank and file to vote in favor of legislation
creating a Department of Homeland Security, a measure
that drew criticism from organized labor.


to pass
terror bill
WASHINGTON (AP) - The gov-
ernment would cover up to $90 bil-
lion annually in insurance claims
from future terrorist attacks under a
compromise bill that began advanc-
ing through Congress yesterday as
lawmakers sorted through their final
stack of legislation for the year.
The terrorism insurance bill cleared
a procedural hurdle in the House by
voice vote after telephone calls by
President Bush to Republican leaders
in recent days broke a yearlong log-
jam. Bush says the bill would invigor-
ate the drooping economy. To gain
crucial Democratic support, he had to
accept no limits on punitive damages,
which many Republicans consider a
boon to trial lawyers usually allied
with Democrats.
"This legislation will put hardhats
back to work, create construction
jobs, improve the legal process and
protect taxpayers," White House
spokesman Scott McClellan said.
Shortly before the House swung
into action, the Senate approved a
bill aimed at thwarting terrorism at
the country's 361 seaports, which
are considered especially vulnerable
to such attacks. Senators voted 95-0
for legislation requiring ports to
develop security plans, though the
measure lacked most of the hun-
dreds of millions or more that such
safeguards Would cost.
The activity came as the lame-duck
107th Congress tried squeezing out a
last batch of bills before its end. The
House was hoping to adjourn for the
year Thursday night.
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childbirth are excused from the practice.
With the number of days and months in
the Islamic calendar fluctuating from
year to year, the beginning of Ramadan
fell on Nov. 6 this year.
"Fasting gives us a new spirit and
opportunity to help the needy, because
giving charity is a part of fasting,"
Ozdemir said. "Through fasting, we
experience hunger and thirst, and we
sympathize with those in the world who
have little to eat every day.
"In addition, we must continue to
work even when you are hungry."
Ozdemir said that helping those in
need is an important aspect of Ramadan.
"People often invite one another to
their houses, don't discriminate
between poor and rich or Christian
and Jew," he said.
"Few challenges loom further than
understanding others' viewpoints.
Better understanding and peaceful
relations are not only good, but also
essential. Justice entitles everyone to
the basic necessity of life. Compas-
sion for fellow man is true thankful-
ness," he added.
Potter said that the theme of charity is
related to an understanding of the nature
of God found in Jewish doctrine.
Mucahit Bilici, a member of the Mus-
lim Graduate Students Association, also
said he sees the day of fasting as an
opportunity for people to leave their
comfort zones and help others.
"We believe in the importance of
communication, face-to-face contact
which values people not as numbers, but
as people.
"Ramadan is a special month for
Muslims to overcome their own ego,
solidify with other communities and
those who are not communicating
resume communication," he said.
Bilici also emphasized the desire of
the MGS to bridge gaps and respect dif-

ferences among others. "Because of a
belief that one must be in a dialogue and
tolerant of others, Muslims have histori-
cally been multicultural."

attend to underscore that Italy remains a
activists protested at a nearby piazza.
Israeli troops arrest
suspected shooter
Israeli troops tracked down the sus-
pected ringleader of a deadly Palestinian
shooting spree at an Israeli kibbutz, forc-l
ing him to strip to his underwear and sur-
render yesterday in the West Bank town
of Tulkarem.
In a separate army action in the
Gaza Strip, Israeli forces carried out
an early morning raid in Gaza City
- a congested place that ground
troops rarely approach - and
detained four Palestinian brothers
suspected of making mortars.
The actions are part of a recent pattern
in which the military sends tanks,
armored personnel carriers and troops
into Palestinian cities and towns on
nighttime missions to seize militants. I
In Tulkarem, soldiers surrounded the
house where the kibbutz attack suspect,
Mohammed Naefe, was hiding. He
walked out with his hands up, stripped to
his underwear to ensure he wasn't carry-
ing explosives.
New Chinese leader
to initiate reforms
Facing an era of galloping change,
China's communists stepped into a new
age yesterday, sending President Jiang
Zemin toward retirement, pushing a
younger generation of leaders forward
and changing their mission to welcome

Pope John Paul II made a historic speech to Italy's parliament yesterday, urging
Italians to work for world peace, uphold their Christian values and have more babies.
The visit - the first time a pope has appeared before the Italian parliament -
underscored the warmth that the country feels for the Polish-born John Paul, the first
non-Italian pontiff in 455 years.
It also showed that Italy and the Roman Catholic Church have healed the wounds
that a century ago prompted popes to call themselves "prisoners" of the Vatican
rather than accept Italy's government as legitimate.
The pope referred to the once-strained relations but said the bonds were now
strong. He said Italy's very identity "would be most difficult to understand without
reference to Christianity, its lifeblood."
Lawmakers interrupted the speech about 20 times with applause and gave the pope
a standing ovation, with some cheering "Viva il papa!" at the end of his speech.
However, the visit was not without opposition. A few deputies said they wouldn't

secular country, and a dozen or so gay
the emerging capitalist class.
Hu Jintao, the man expected to replace
Jiang in the monumental task of running
China in an era of rapid change, became
the only top politician re-elected to the
party's ruling elite. It was the most solid
sign yet of his ascent to the top of Asia's
largest, fastest-growing country.
The 59-year-old vice president is the
odds-on favorite to succeed Jiang as head
of the party - and as president in March
- in the first truly orderly transfer of
authority since the communists took
China in 1949.
Military dismisses
nine gay linguists
Nine Army linguists, including six
trained to speak Arabic, have been dis-
missed from the military because they
are gay.
The soldiers' dismissals come at a
time when the military is facing a critical
shortage of translators and interpreters
for the war on terrorism.
Seven of the soldiers were discharged
after telling superiors they are gay, and
the two others got in trouble when they
were caught together after curfew, said
Steve Rails, spokesman for the Service-
members Legal Defense Network, a
group that defends homosexuals in the
Six were specializing in Arabic, two
were studying Korean and one was
studying Mandarin Chinese.
- Compiledfrom Daily wire reports.

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