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erupts on
Gaza Strip
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -
Israeli troops fired at Palestinians try-
ing to bypass a checkpoint yesterday,
critically wounding one man and injur-
ing a 14-year-old boy. Israel said its
troops fired warning shots and only
shot toward the group after the pedes-
trians ignored orders to halt.
In the West Bank, a bomb exploded
after nightfall under an Israeli army
vehicle traveling near the Jewish settle-
ment of Kochav Hashahar, wounding a
soldier who was a passenger, rescue
and army officials said.
And gunfire erupted across the
Israel-Lebanese border yesterday,
killing one Israeli soldier. An Israeli
military official, speaking on condition
of anonymity, blamed the attack on
Hezbollah, the anti-Israeli militant
guerrilla group active in south
Lebanon. But Hezbollah said it was not
Meanwhile, Palestinian leader Yasser
Arafat prepared to swear in a small
eight-member Cabinet today, with
Ahmed Qureia as prime minister, after
declaring a state of emergency in the
Palestinian areas. Arafat's decree came
a day after an Islamic Jihad suicide
bomber killed 19 Israelis in a restau-
rant in the port city of Haifa.
The Palestinians wounded in the
Gaza Strip had been trying to cross a
road closed by the military a daily ear-
lier, as part of new restrictions imposed
in response to the Haifa bombing. The
road links the southern Gaza towns of
Rafah and Khan Younis, and was
blocked by a checkpoint.
A 42-year-old man was in critical
condition with a head wound, and 14-
year-old boy was shot in the leg, hospi-
tal officials said. On Sunday, a
26-year-old man was killed and three
others were wounded while trying to
bypass the same checkpoint.
Also yesterday, Israeli tanks and
bulldozers entered the Rafah refugee
camp in southern Gaza and demolished
four Palestinian homes, Palestinian
security officials and local residents
Israeli army officials said they had
no report of house demolitions in the
area but that Palestinians fired anti-
tank missiles, mortar shells and live
ammunition toward Israeli forces in the
area. One Israeli soldier was slightly
injured, the army spokesman said.
Israel had launched the strike in
reprisal for the Haifa bombing.
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Mother of stillborn refused new trial
The Supreme Court refused yesterday to consider the case of a woman sen-
tenced to 12 years in prison for murder after drugs were found in the system of
her stillborn daughter.
Regina McKnight was convicted under South Carolina's homicide by child
abuse law for the 1999 death. Her lawyers say she is the first woman convicted of
homicide for suffering a stillbirth.
The case would have brought the court into a legal and constitutional debate over
fetal rights. The court's answer would have had implications for the related fight over
legalized abortion.
The South Carolina Supreme Court upheld the conviction and sentence earlier
this year, ruling that the punishment was not too harsh because McKnight should
have known taking cocaine could harm her baby.
Yesterday's action by the U.S. Supreme Court means that ruling stands, and
McKnight will remain in prison. The high court did not comment in turning
aside her appeal.
McKnight's lawyers say she is borderline mentally retarded and lived with her
mother until her mother was killed by a hit-and-run driver in 1998. McKnight
quickly became homeless, addicted to drugs and pregnant.
U.S. unsatisfied with Syrian leader
The United States hoped Bashar Assad would show more flexibility on the Mid-
dle East conflict than his father had.
Yet despite some behind-the-scenes Syrian help in the war on terror, Amer-
ica's list of grievances remains long against Assad, who became his country's
leader three years ago.
As the Israeli-Palestinian situation deteriorates, Israel's weekend airstrike
against a purported Palestinian terrorist training camp inside Syria could escalate
tensions once again.
U.S. officials used the occasion to highlight their concerns about Syria's ties to
Palestinian militants.
"We've seen Syria as a state sponsor of terrorism for a long time," said State
Department spokesman Richard Boucher. "We've repeatedly made known our grave
concerns about Syrian support for terrorist groups, including Palestinian groups."
U.S. officials also are worried about Syria's possession of unconventional
weapons and its support for the Lebanon-based Hezbollah guerrillas. Another sore
point for Washington is Syria's purported role in allowing activists to cross into
Iraq to take up arms against U.S. soldiers.



S. Korean embassy
overwhelmed, closed
Overrun by North Korean asylum-
seekers, South Korea's embassy in the
Chinese capital is halting consular
operations until it can clear out some of
the would-be defectors, a South Korean
diplomat said yesterday.
The diplomat, speaking on condi-
tion of anonymity, told The Associat-.
ed Press the closure would take effect
today. The decision means millions
of Chinese - and some foreigners in
China - seeking visas to South
Korea are out of luck for now.
"The number of North Korean
refugees who are staying within the
inside of the consulate is beyond our
capacity," the diplomat told the AP in a
telephone interview. "So it makes it dif-
ficult to do our consular jobs."
Armed Chinese-guards stopped unau-
thorized visitors yesterday from entering
the consular office, located in a walled,
low-slung gray building in a tree-lined
diplomatic area of eastern Beijing.

despite deep support among tribal lead-
ers in the region.
Once back on the job, Hamid al-
Qaisi moved swiftly to restore peace,
meeting with Beiji's tribal chiefs in
the main mosque to discuss their
demands, according to policemen
who attended the meeting.
Witnesses said the firing was so
intense that police reinforcements from
Tikrit, Saddam Hussein's hometown to
the south, could not reach the police
SAN JOSE, Calif.
Recall candidates
make final rounds
Arnold Schwarzenegger tried to
maintain his momentum amid sexual-
misconduct allegations and Gov. Gray
Davis made a last-minute plea to keep
his job yesterday as the candidates in
California's recall election barn-
stormed the state in the final hours of
the historical campaign.
Looming over all of the day's
events were the allegations of the 16
women who have come forward over
the past week to say Schwarzenegger
groped them and sometimes made
crude comments during encounters
dating from 1970 to 2000.
Schwarzenegger has acknowledged
that he "behaved badly sometimes"
but has denounced some of the accu-
sations as dirty politics.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.

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Rioting compels
created to U.S. troops to return

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aid Iraqi'
House, facing setbacks and growing
casualties in Iraq, is asserting a larger
role in overseeing reconstruction
efforts and the tens of billions of dol-
lars being spent by the United States.
The move is intended to "cut through
some of the bureaucracy and the red
tape" in Washington and accelerate the
work in Iraq, presidential spokesman
Scott McClellan said yesterday.
A classified memo distributed last
week established the Iraq Stabilization
Group within the White House under
Condoleezza Rice, the national securi-
ty adviser to President Bush. Officials
said creation of the group would give
Rice authority to spur the bureaucracy
and put more accountability in the
White House.
"Condi's job, and Condi's team is
going to make sure that the efforts
are continued to be coordinated so
that we continue to make progress,"
Bush said at an East Room news
conference with the president of
Kenya, Mwai Kibaki.
"And listen, we're making good
progress in Iraq," the president said.
"Sometimes it's hard to tell it when you
listen to the filter (of critics). We're
making good progress."
However, many Democrats and
some Republicans say the administra-
tion underestimated the postwar vio-
lence and impediments to rebuilding.
"Almost two years after the fall of the
Taliban and nearly six months after the
fall of Baghdad, the White House is
finally organizing itself to deal with the

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U.S. troops reversed course yesterday
to quell rioting in this key oil refining
city, reinstating an elected police chief
they ousted just five months ago


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