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2A - The Michigan Daily - Friday, October 17, 2003


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medication he
UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The The pilot, A
Security Council unanimously adopt- slitting his wris
ed a resolution yesterday aimed at "The assistai
attracting more troops and money to other captain c
help stabilize Iraq and speed its inde- The 310-foo
pendence - a diplomatic victory for shore in chopp
Washington after the bitter dispute its right side an
over the war. The crash le
The resolution's success hinges on dead, one wom
whether it generates additional funds Blood sampl
for Iraq's reconstruction at next on Smith Indi
week's donors conference in Madrid, enforcement, s
Spain, and whether countries decide
to send new forces to Iraq. WASHINGTO
In a dramatic shift, France, Ger-
many and Russia - key opponents of U.S. ed os
the U.S.-led war against Iraq - sup-
ported the resolution. But they imme- Both suppo
diately ruled out any new military or billion Iraqi r
financial help, reflecting ongoing con- as the Senate
cern about the speed with which The vote ap
Washington would transfer authority similar $87 b
to Iraqis. Iraq and Afgh
The resolution gives U.N. authori- The loan pr
zation to a multinational force under spending pack
unified command that will be led by The House
the United States and calls for troop vide about $6
contributions as well as "substantial elsewhere, anc
pledges" from the 191 U.N. member The bulk of
states at the Madrid donors confer- full $20.3 bil
ence on Oct. 23. chopped it do
The 15-0 vote was a coup for Sec- funds for buy
retary of State Colin Powell, who restoring the c
called the outcome "a great achieve-
ment" - although he cautioned that JEBAUYA REF
the resolution should not be seen as .
"opening the door to troops." PaleSfln
Powell led six weeks of intense U.S. arest ati
lobbying and worked the phones from
the early hours Wednesday. When he Palestinian a
launched his final diplomatic blitz, arrests yesterda
U.S. officials were concerned the res- U.S. diplomatic
olution might get only the minimum militants fro
nine "yes" votes needed for adoption. includes former
A day earlier, France, Russia and ian security forc
Germany failed to persuade the Unit- Palestinian p
ed States to include in the resolution a fire with milita
timetable for restoring Iraq's sover- security official
eignty. Instead, the draft calls for the as an FBI team
U.S.-appointed Iraqi Governing Coun- lead the investi,
cil - in cooperating with the coali- bombing, whic
tion and a U.N. representative - to security guards
provide the Security Council by Dec. The suspects
15 with a timetable for drafting a new members of t
constitution and holding elections. Committees, a g
The resolution makes clear that the men from vario
U.S.-led occupation of Iraq is tempo- members of the
rary and states that "the day when gruntled follo
Iraqis govern themselves must come Fatah movemen
quickly." It urges the U.S.-led Coali- A source said
tion Provisional Authority now run- been in the sec
ning the country to let Iraqis govern trols, but the gr
the country "as soon as practicable." could prove emb

accident investigation begins
gation into the Staten Island ferry wreck that killed 10 passengers
day on whether the ship's pilot blacked out and slumped over the throt-
essel crashed into a concrete pier.
lman Michael McMahon, after a briefing from city emergency and
officials, said the crash may have been related to the pilot's health and
was taking for a possible blood-pressure problem.
ssistant Captain Richard Smith, attempted suicide after the crash by
ts and shooting himself with a pellet gun, police said.
nt captain at the controls collapsed," McMahon said. "By the time the
ould get control of the ship, it was too late."
t ferry slammed into a concrete pier as it approached the Staten Island
y, wind-swept waters Wednesday afternoon, ripping a giant hole along
d severing the limbs of three passengers.
ft more than 60 people hospitalized, eight in critical condition. The
an and nine men, ranged in age from 25 to 52.
es were taken from Smith and the rest of the crew. Early test results
cated alcohol was not a factor, according to a high-ranking law
ource speaking on condition of anonymity. Authorities were still
se to approving Iraqi rebuilding plan
rters and foes of converting half of President Bush's $20.3
ebuilding plan into a loan flashed signs of optimism yesterday
rolled toward a showdown.
proached as the House and Senate edged toward approval of
illion measures to finance American military operations in
anistan as well as the reconstruction of both countries.
oposal loomed as the most serious challenge to the mammoth
age that the president proposed on Sept. 7.
and Senate bills both mirrored Bush's plan. Each would pro-
6 billion for U.S. military operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and
d $21 billion for rebuilding those two nations.
f the money was for Iraq. While the Senate bill provided the
lion for rebuilding that Bush sought, the House measure
wn to $18.6 billion by erasing politically fragile proposals:
'ing $50,000 garbage trucks, creating Iraqi ZIP codes and


ountry's marshlands.
UGEE CAMP, Gaza Strip
dan forces
tack suspects
uthorities began making
ry in a deadly attack on a
convoy, detaining seven
m a rogue group that
members of the Palestin-
olice briefly exchanged
ants in two of the raids,
s said. The arrests came
arrived in the region to
gation into Wednesday's
;h killed three American
and wounded a fourth.
arrested yesterday are
he Popular Resistance
group of dozens of armed
us factions, many former
security forces and dis-
wers of Yasser Arafat's
none of the suspects had
urity forces Arafat con-'
oup's links to the forces
barrassing to Arafat.
ul celebrates
ar as pope
bpe John Paul II cele-
years as pontiff yester-
to tens of thousands
his admiring Polish

countrymen and the men who help
run his church to pray for him, say-
ing his future rested in the hands of
The festivities, made bittersweet
by the pope's obvious ailments,
highlighted John Paul's role as one
of the most influential religious fig-
ures of the last century as he
reached a milestone matched by
only three of his predecessors.
At least 50,000 people covered St.
Peter's Square for the pope's
evening anniversary Mass.
Magician emerges
from suspended box
David Blaine is getting ready to leave
his box.
The American magician is approach-
ing Sunday's end to a 44-day fast-cum-
vigil in a dangling plastic case.
The 30-year-old, who previously has
been buried alive and encased in a block
of ice, says the feat is both the hardest
and "the most beautiful" thing he's done.
Over the past six weeks, onlookers
have reacted with a pungent mix of sup-
port and ridicule, while commentators
puzzled over whether the stunt offered
tasteless spectacle or spiritual insight.
One man was arrested for firing paint-
filled balloons at Blaine. Another was
fined for trying to damage the water sup-
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.

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