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-NATION/WORLD

Two killed,'
19 injured
in Iraq car
bombinOg
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - A suicide
bomber, his body wrapped in explosives
and his car filled with 50 pounds of
TNT, struck a police checkpoint outside
U.N. headquarters in Baghdad yesterday,
killing an Iraqi policeman who stopped
him and wounding 19 people.
A U.S. military spokesman at the
scene said the bomber, who also died
in the 8:10 a.m. blast, was trying to get
into the U.N. compound at the Canal
Hotel, where a truck bomb a month
ago killed 23 people including the top
U.N. envoy to Iraq, Sergio Vieira de
Mello. Yesterday's attack wounded two
U.N. workers.
The attack, apparently timed to snarl
attempts by Washington to win U.N.
legitimacy for the U.S. occupation of
this Arab country, could diminish the
world body's willingness to become
more deeply involved in Iraq's recon-
struction. The United Nations already
sharply reduced its work here after the
Aug. 19 bombing.
Secretary-General Kofi Annan
warned that if the situation continues
to deteriorate, U.N. operations in Iraq
"will be handicapped considerably." ;
"I am shocked and distressed by this
latest attack on our premises in Bagh-
dad," Annan said at the United Nations.
"We are assessing the situation to
determine what happened, who did it,
and taking further measures to protect
our installations,"he said.
The blast, which could be heard over
much of the Iraqi capital, took place a
day before President Bush was to
address the U.N. General Assembly. He
was expected to offer an expandedl
U.N. role in rebuilding Iraq, a condi-
tion set by many nations for contribut-
ing peacekeepers and money to the1
reconstruction effort.
Annan has said he wants assurancesI
of security for U.N. personnel in Bagh-
dad along with any expanded role. I
The bomber in yesterday's attack
was blocked at a newly established
police checkpoint on a street in back
of the compound. As police inspected
the bomber's car, he detonated the
explosives.
Praising new security arrange-
ments around the hotel, a U.S. mili-1
tary officer at the scene crediteds
Iraqi police with preventing an even
greater tragedy..
"I reiterate that he was not
through the checkpoint, and he was1
not near the U.N. compound. That
means security is working," said
Capt. Sean Kirley of the U.S. 2nd
Armored Cavalry Regiment.
The bomb exploded about 200
yards from any of the buildings or
mobile offices inside the compound
and about 400 yards from the hotel
building itself.
HurricaneE
passes, but
many still

lack power
RICHMOND, Va. - Four days after
Hurricane Isabel barreled into the East
Coast, thousands of people went back
to work yesterday without the benefit
of home-cooked meals or hot showers,
and encountered miles of blank traffic
lights and downed power lines.
"No electricity, no water," said Jeanne
Spahr, 39, of Dover, Pa., whose power
went off Thursday as Isabel approached.
"We've been pouring pond water to
flush the toilet. It's not smelling so good.
I grew up using an outhouse and I don't
want to go back to that."
Isabel's effects were still widely evi-
dent yesterday: Nearly 1.5 million cus-
tomers remained without electricity.
Hot meals were in short supply. Elderly
residents had to be shuttled by boat
from their flooded homes. And hun-
dreds of roads were shut because of
toppled trees and power lines.
At least 34 deaths have been blamed
on the storm, 19 of them in Virginia.
North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland
and Delaware were declared federal
disaster areas, and President Bush trav-
eled to Richmond to be briefed on the
recovery efforts. ,
Many residents were irritated that
electric companies and government
officials were unable to restore power
four davs after the storm hit.

NEWS IN BRIEF+ K
HEADLINES FRMAROUNDT W

WASHINGTON
Braun announces bid for presidency
Democrat Carol Moseley Braun, who made history as the first black woman
elected to the U.S. Senate, formally launched her long-shot bid for the presidency
yesterday, vowing to "fix the mess" created by the current leadership.
Braun faces nine other Democratic candidates - all men who, for the most
part, have raised more money and are beating her in the polls. Nevertheless, she is
forging ahead with her campaign, arguing that as a former ambassador, senator
and local government official she is uniquely qualified to be president.
"I offer the clearest alternative to this current administration, whose only new
idea has been pre-emptive war and a huge new bureaucracy," she said in a low-
key announcement at Howard University. "I can fix the mess they have created
because I am practical, I am not afraid of partnerships and I am committed to
making the world a better place for our children."
Braun stunned the political establishment in 1992 - the "Year of the Woman" -
unseating an incumbent Democratic senator in the primary, two-term lawmaker Alan
Dixon, on her way to what was once considered an improbable victory in November.
Her election was heralded as an advance for women and minorities, but her
popularity proved short-lived amid accusations that she exercised poor judg-
ment in visiting Nigeria's brutal former dictator Sani Abacha and misused cam-
paign funds.
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan
Brother of bin Laden's 'point man' arrested
Pakistani police captured the younger brother of Hambali, Osama bin Laden's
point man for Southeast Asia, in an arrest that may help unravel a tangled web of
links between al-Qaida and the Jemaah Islamiyah terror group blamed for the
deadly Bali bombings.
Rusman Gunawan, an Indonesian, was among 17 students detained Saturday in
raids on three Islamic schools in the southern port city of Karachi - the latest in a
string of high-profile arrests of terror suspects in this Muslim country.
The students "are suspected terrorists or have links with terrorists," Foreign
Ministry spokesman Massood Khan said yesterday.
Gunawan was believed to be in charge of Jemaah Islamiyah's Pakistan branch
and to have arranged trips for Hambali to Pakistan and Afghanistan, according to
an Indonesian-based terrorism expert who spoke to The Associated Press on con-
dition of anonymity.
Hambali, 39, whose real name is Riduan Isamuddin, was Southeast Asia's most
wanted man until he was arrested Aug. 11 in Thailand by Thai police and the CIA.
U.S. authorities then flew him to an undisclosed location.

JOHANNESBURG. South Africa
Mandela, Gates work
to combat AIDS
South Africa's hero, former President
Nelson Mandela, and the world's richest
man, Bill Gates, called yesterday on the
African nation's youth to fight AIDS as
previous generations battled apartheid.
The two, along with their wives, made
the appeal to a gathering of university
students, urging them to fight the disease
that is spreading most quickly among the
nation's young people.
"The fight against AIDS will indeed
require another social revolution," Man-
dela said.
"Once more, the youth of our country
are called upon to play a leading role in a
social revolution, as they did so heroical-
ly in the revolutionary struggle against
apartheid."
Mandela said alliances and partner-
ships are needed for victory.
Gates, the Microsoft tycoon who has
pledged to use much of his fortune to
improve global health, is considered such
an ally, especially in Africa.
JERUSALEM
Israel, Hezbollah
discuss prisoner swap
With Israeli-Palestinian contacts
frozen, a chance to break the stale-
mate came yesterday from a differ-
ent direction: A Palestinian source
said Israel and the Lebanese militia

Hezbollah were close to a prisoner
swap that would free Palestinian
uprising leader Marwan Barghouti
and hundreds of other prisoners.
Israeli officials would say only
that talks with Hezbollah were
advancing.
A dramatic prisoner release and
Palestinian steps to disarm the mili-
tants would be significant confi-
dence-building measures that might
help get the stalled, U.S.-backed
"road map" peace plan back on
track.
CHICAGO
Study: Forgetfulness
not rom menopause
A new study disputes the widely
held notion that menopause makes
women scatterbrained and forgetful.
Researchers conducted periodic
memory tests on 803 menopausal
women over two years and found to
their surprise that their memories
were just fine.
In fact, the women's scores
improved slightly over time; the
researchers were expecting a
decline.
The researchers said that if
menopausal women are forgetful
sometimes, it is probably not
because of any harmful hormonal
changes in the brain, but because
they are busy, distracted and
stressed-out dealing with the ordi-
nary pressures of midlife.

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