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JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel backed
off yesterday from threats to kill Yasser
Arafat, while the incoming Palestinian
prime minister ceded control over
many Cabinet appointments to Arafat's
Fatah party despite Israeli demands
that the veteran Palestinian leader be
stripped of authority.
As Israeli leaders insisted they still
intend to "remove" Arafat, the U.N.
Security Council considered a Palestin-
ian request to intervene. The involve-
ment of the United Nations
underscored the extent to which vio-
lence and tension have paralyzed
The Palestinian ambassador stalked
out of the council chamber when the
Israeli ambassador began to speak.
The chief U.N. envoy to the Middle
East, Terje Roed-Larsen, told the Secu-
rity Council the peace process has bro-
ken down and that he fears even worse
bloodshed lies ahead. He accused both
Israelis and Palestinians of failing to
"seriously and actively" address each
other's concerns, and stressed that
Arafat is the democratically elected
leader who "embodies Palestinian
identity and national aspirations."
Facing widespread international
opposition to harsh action against
Arafat, Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan
Shalom yesterday sought to play down
comments by Israeli leaders that killing
Arafat is an option.
"It is not the official policy of the
Israeli government," Shalom told
reporters. "We don't speak about any
killing. We didn't speak about it before,
and we don't speak about it today."
A day earlier, Vice Prime Minister
Ehud Olmert said killing Arafat is a
possibility, along with expelling him or
further isolating him inside the West
Bank compound where Arafat has
remained for nearly two years, repeat-
edly besieged by Israeli troops.
While various countries sought to
pressure Israel to soften its stance,
Palestinian Prime Minister-designate
Ahmed Qureia asked the Fatah party to
choose candidates for up to 16 of his
24 Cabinet posts - a decision that
gives Arafat significant control over
the composition of the new Cabinet.
Three assailants in red-and-white Arab headdresses gunned down the police
chief of a city west of Baghdad yesterday in an ambush that underscored the per-
ils for Iraqis who join U.S.-backed security forces.
The Americans hope those forces will gradually take over security from U.S.
troops - part of the effort to transfer sovereignty to Iraqis.
The motive for the slaying of Khaldiya's police chief, Col. Khedeir Mekhalef
Ali, was not immediately clear.
"The three attackers opened fire with machine guns, shot one of the tires of the
chief's car and then approached the vehicle and shot him at least 25 times," said
his driver, 47-year-old Rabia'a Kamash.
Khaldiya and Fallujah, on the main highway to the Jordanian border, are the
heart of the "Sunni Triangle," a broad swath of Iraq north and west of Baghdad
where support for Saddam Hussein remains strong and guerrilla warfare against
the American occupation is heaviest.
Ali had taken over the Khaldiya force as U.S. troops pulled out of the town in
July in conjunction with a general pullback from the region's population centers
and the flanking cities of Fallujah and Ramadi.
California recall delayed, appeal expected
A teceral appeals court postpones the Uct. / recall election yesterday in a
decision that threw an already chaotic campaign into utter turmoil.
The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the election cannot pro-
ceed as scheduled because some votes would be cast using outmoded
punch-card ballot machines.
The court, the nation's largest and most liberal federal appeals court, withheld
ordering the immediate implementation of its decision by a week to allow time for
an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. It is the same appellate court that last sum-
mer ruled reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools is unconstitutional
because of the words "under God."
Ted Costa, head of the Sacramento-based Peoples' Advocate, one of the groups
that put the recall on the ballot, said an appeal of yesterday's ruling was
certain."Give us 24 hours," he said.
Yesterday's ruling was the last of about a dozen legal challenges to the attempt
to unseat Democratic Gov. Gray Davis.
threatens East Coast
East Coast residents boarded up
homes and businesses and moved
boats inland yesterday, and govern-
ment agencies from South Carolina
to Massachusetts made preparations
as powerful Hurricane Isabel headed
for the coast.
Isabel is the first major hurricane
to threaten the region since Floyd in
September 1999. Floyd came ashore
near Cape Fear, N.C., and continued
along the coast into New England,
and was blamed for 56 deaths in the
The heart of Isabel is expected to
move along the western edge of Chesa-
peake Bay on Thursday and Friday, said
Fay Crossley, a meteorologist with the
National Weather Service.
"We do have time to prepare, so
we're urging people to use this time to
get ready," said Dawn Eischen, spokes-
woman for the Virginia Department of
halt WTO talks
Poor nations united and claimed a new
voice in global trade talks, even as their
refusal to be pressured by rich nations
contributed to the collapse of a crucial
World Trade Organization meeting.
Mexican Foreign Secretary Luis
Ernesto Derbez called a halt Sunday to
five days of negotiations, arguing that an
agreement was impossible.
"I don't think we have to beat around
the bush. Cancun has failed," EU Trade
Commissioner Pascal Lamy said. "This
is not only a blow for the WTO, but a
loss for all of us."
The talks will now return to diplomats
at the WTO's Geneva headquarters, likely
leaving them with a massive, years-long
headache.There is virtually no chance
countries will meet a self-imposed dead-
line of completing a binding treaty by the
end of next year.
Feds fight obesity
with local programs
Years of dire warnings about obesity's
dangers don't seem to be shrinking
Americans' girth. Now federal health
officials hope programs that target differ-
ent communities' special needs - plus
financial incentives like Pacificare
Health Systems is about to offer - will
"This is the most difficult thing any-
body can ever try to do, to get people to
change their habits," says Health and
Human Services Secretary Tommy
This week, communities in both
Michigan and Boston become the first of
about a dozen recipients of $13.6 million
in federal grants to target unhealthy
habits locally. It's a program poised to
become the government's centerpiece
in the obesity fight.
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