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Iraq rebels
ill 3 more
U.S. troops
Violence, anti-U.S. protests erupt
across Baghdad
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Insurgents killed three U.S. sol-
diers with roadside bombs, the military reported yesterday,
and former Iraqi intelligence officers demanding jobs hurled
stones and charged American forces guarding occupation
headquarters in the capital.
Large sections of Baghdad were in turmoil. There was an
explosion inside the Foreign Ministry compound about a
half mile from the confrontation outside the U.S.-led occu-
pation headquarters.
Across the city, U.S. solders were met with a demonstra-
tion by Shiite Muslims after closing a mosque and allegedly
arresting the imam. Late in the afternoon, U.S. troops fired
concussion grenades and shots in the air to disperse the
crowd, which grew by the hour.
By nightfall, an estimated 200 American troops backed by
helicopters and at least six MlA2 tanks had sealed off the
area, and more Americans and Iraqi protesters converged on
the scene. As the midnight curfew approached, however, the
standoff eased, with the Americans pulling back most of
their forces. Shortly afterward, the protesters began leaving
the area, too.
L. Paul Bremer, the U.S. administrator for Iraq, said the
trouble in the capital did not reflect a turn for the worse.
"Of course there will be demonstrations. We should
expect that. We have demonstrations in all democracies
throughout the world," he said.
After the former Iraqi intelligence officers hurled pave-
ment stones outside occupation headquarters, American
reinforcements began moving forward from the compound
toward the protesters, who then scattered. No shots were
fired and the Americans pulled back. Throughout the day,
small groups of protesters milled around the entrance but
did not threaten the soldiers.
The three soldiers' deaths, the first reported since Friday,
brought to 91 the number of American soldiers killed in hostile
action since President Bush declared an end to major combat
on May 1. A total of 320 U.S. service members have died in
Iraq since the United States and Britain launched military
operations against Saddam Hussein's government March 20.


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campus demonstration protesting Israel's recent attack on an Islamic Jihad target in Syria.
aron: Israel ready to
strike foes everywhere

Bush questions leak inquiry's chances
President Bush questioned yesterday whether investigators would be able to
determine who leaked the identity of an undercover CIA officer but said his staff
was cooperating. "I want to know the truth," he said.
Bush's chief of staff, Andrew Card, urged some 2,000 White House employees
to turn over any relevant documents by last night. White House lawyers will
screen the materials and decide which ones to send to the Justice Department as
part of a criminal inquiry into the leak, Bush spokesman Scott McClellan said.
McClellan said it could take as long as two weeks to check those submissions
for relevance.
The spokesman would not rule out the possibility that the White House would
invoke executive privilege to shield sensitive documents from the Justice Depart-
ment's inquiry. He said it was premature to talk about such a step.
Bush renewed his pledge to cooperate with the investigation to "come to the
bottom of this."
But he said success was not guaranteed, and he turned reporters' questions back
on them at the end of a Cabinet meeting.
"You tell me: How many sources have you had that's leaked information, that
you've exposed or had been exposed? Probably none," he said.
BAU, Indonesia
Accord links economies of 10 Asian nations
Ten Southeast Asian nations signed an ambitious accord yesterday establishing
a Europe-like economic community by 2020 in a region where democracies
neighbor dictatorships and First World economies abut financial basket cases.
But the Association of Southeast Asian Nations emphasized that the agreement,
part of a blueprint dubbed Bali Concord II, was limited to economic relations. It
would not create a political union like Western Europe's or a military alliance akin
to NATO, although it calls for a regional security community to combat terrorism
and other transnational crimes.
"We have just witnessed a watershed in the history of ASEAN," Indonesian Pres-
ident Megawati Sukarnoputri said. "That will make it possible for our children and
their children to live in a state of enduring peace, stability and shared prosperity."
Leaders chose Bali - site of a terrorist attack a year ago that killed 202 people
- as a symbolic venue for their two-day summit that opened yesterday.

JERUSALEM (AP) - Bolstered by U.S. sup-
port for Israel's bombing raid in Syria, Prime
Minister Ariel Sharon said yesterday his nation
won't hesitate to attack its enemies anywhere -
heightening concerns it may widen the Palestin-
ian conflict by again striking countries it accuses
of harboring terrorists.
Since the attack on the reputed Islamic Jihad
training camp in Syria on Sunday, the regional
conflict has escalated with shooting and mortar
fire across the border between Israel and
Lebanon, where Syria is the main power broker.
An Israeli staff sergeant who also held U.S. cit-
izenship was killed Monday in a shooting Israel
blamed on Hezbollah, the Shiite Muslim guerrilla
group that is backed by Syria and predominantly
Shiite Iran. The Israeli military said it raised its
state of readiness on the Lebanese border yester-
day because of the increased tension.
Sharon's vow to pursue militants wherever they

are also came after Israel accused Syria and Iran
of providing key backing to Islamic Jihad, the
militant group that claimed responsibility for a
suicide bombing that killed 19 people in the
Israeli port city of Haifa on Saturday.
"Israel will not be deterred from protecting its
citizens and will strike its enemies in every place
and in every way," Sharon said, emphasizing that
Israel must prepare "as if the next war is waiting
just around the corner."
"We are not immune to surprises," he said at a
memorial service for Israeli soldiers killed during
the 1973 Middle East war with Syria and Egypt.
"Only if we are forever ready will we reach
peace, and we will reach it."
President Bush said Tuesday the Israeli air strike
- the first Israeli attack deep into Syria in three
decades - was part of an "essential" campaign to
defend the country, and drew a parallel between
Sharon's actions and U.S. policy on terrorism.

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Do-not-call list can
move forward after
court's decision

Another Senate seat
goes up for grabs
The Senate's recruiting wars took an
uncertain turn yesterday, with Sen. Don
Nickles' retirement sending Republi-
cans in search of an Oklahoma replace-
ment while Democrats urged Sen. Bob
Graham to run in Florida after folding
his presidential bid.
"I didn't want to be a lifer" in the
Senate, said Nickles,; who announced
plans to retire next year after four solid-
ly conservative terms, including six
years as second-ranking in the GOP
Democrats hoped openly for a differ-
ent decision from Graham, a proven
vote-getter in his southern state for a
generation. "We can all hope that he
will continue to contribute his passion,
experience and expertise," Sen. Jon
Corzine (D-N.J.), the head of the Demo-
cratic Senatorial Campaign' Committee,
said Monday night.
Natural gas bills will
shoot up this winter
With natural gas costing twice what
it did a few years ago and crude oil at
$30 a barrel, homeowners can be sure
of one thing: This winter's heating bills
will be expensive, even if the winter is
not severe. And there is no guarantee
the weather will cooperate.
The Energy Department said yester-

day it expects wholesale natural gas
prices to be 9 percent higher this winter
than last, at between $4.50 and $5 per
1,000 cubic feet. Only a few years ago,
it was in the $2.50 range.
How much of the increase will be felt
by homeowners and businesses will
depend largely on how cold it gets, fed-
eral officials said. If a severe winter
increases fuel use, residential users of
natural gas could pay an average of near-
ly $1,000 this winter to heat their homes,
about 22 percent more than last winter,
according to the Energy Department.
Doctors must pay up
after surgical mishap
A man whose doctors left a 16-by-
28-inch surgical towel in his abdomen
after he underwent surgery for an aortic
aneurysm was awarded $455,000 in
damages yesterday.
,William Barlow, 62;'developed a
blood infection and fever after leaving
the Veteran's Affairs hospital in Decem-
ber 2000, according to a summary of
the case released by the judge. The
towel was removed four months later.
The VA conceded fault on the forgot-
ten towel but tried to limit the damage
award, citing Barlow's poor health and
obesity. U.S. District Judge Ursula
Ungaro-Benages decided Barlow's
existing medical problems, including
emphysema and diabetes, were aggra-
vated by the infection, the 10-day stay
for the towel's removal and the quick
succession of major surgeries.

DENVER (AP) - A federal appeals
court yesterday c eared tie way for the
Federal Trade Commission to operate
the national do-not-call list, pending a
court decision over whether the reg-
istry violates the telemarketing indus-
try's free-speech rights.
The registry started last week, but its
operation had been turned over from
the FTC to the Federal Communica-
tions Commission because of concerns
that the FTC had overstepped its legal
The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of
Appeals said the FTC could run the
registry while a challenge from tele-
marketers winds its way through the
courts. Oral arguments were scheduled
in Tulsa, Okla., on Nov. 10.
Some 50 million people have signed
up for the free registry.
Late last month, U.S. District Judge
Edward Nottingham of Denver had
barred the FTC from putting the reg-
istry into effect because the list
unfairly blocks calls from businesses
but not charities.
In staying his ruling, the appeals
court suggested that conclusion was
too broad.
"The Supreme Court has held that

there is undoubtedly a substantial gov-
ernmental interest in the prevention of
abusive and coercive sales practices,"
the court said. "The prevention of
intrusion upon privacy in the home is
another paradigmatic substantial gov-
ernmental interest."
The court also noted that Congress
had found some telemarketing calls
"have subjected consumers to substan-
tial fraud, deception and abuse."
Officials with the American Teleser-
vices Association in Indianapolis
declined immediate comment.
The free registry went into effect last
week after the government scrambled
to overhaul the system following the
court challenges. The FTC gave up
most control of the list to the FCC.
President Bush also signed a hastily
passed law giving the FTC authority to
operate the registry.
It was Nottingham's ruling that had
been closely watched because of the
constitutional issues.
Attorneys for telemarketers argued
the FTC has not shown charitable calls
are less annoying than commercial
calls. They also said the First Amend-
ment rights of telemarketers need to be

Turkey agrees to aid
U.S. coalition i*n Iraq

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ANKARA, Turkey (AP) - Parlia-
ment voted overwhelmingly yesterday
to give the government permission to
send Turkish peacekeepers to Iraq,'but
members of Iraq's interim council
opposed the move, a sign of the prob-
lems Washington faces as it tries to
assemble a peacekeeping force.
The United States has been pressing
Turkey for months to send what would
be the first major Muslim contingent
of peacekeepers, a deployment that
would enhance the credibility of the
American-led force in Iraq by demon-
strating Muslim support.
Turkey's parliament voted 358-183
to allow the government to dispatch
troops, a move top officials said would
improve ties with Washington and help
give Turkey a say in the future of Iraq.
"An Iraq that is in peace, that is on
good terms with its neighbors, an Iraq
that is stable is in Turkey's interests,"
Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul said.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep
Tayyip Erdogan addresses
lawmakers from his ruling Justice
and Development Party yesterday.
no details as to when, where or how
many soldiers would be deployed.
Those matters are expected to be
worked out in talks with Washington
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