2A - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, October 23, 2003
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NEW DELHI (AP) - India go to war in Iraq as Bus
unveiled major proposals yesterday to try Asian-Pacific trip.
improve relations with Pakistan, During a 3 1/2-hour stop
expanding travel and reuniting fami- President Megawati Sikarn
lies. Pakistan saw some positive ele- conviction of many Muslim
ments but expressed disappointment He presented his case in a
the steps fail to include negotiations "I felt he was a quite wa
with Islamabad on Kashmir. the National Islamic Unive
Although formal talks between the With gunboats on the
leaders of the two South Asian nations took him within severalr
are still off, the proposals cover human al-Qaida linked terroris
concerns such as allowing athletes to safety because Indonesia
compete in India-Pakistan cricket gets, but the visit went o
matches and letting fishermen go
about their trade without fear of arrest. JERUSALEM
The pronouncements by Foreign Israel dismisses
Minister Yashwant Sinha were the most
extensive efforts so far to heal the Israel rejected an overwh
wounds from a December 2001 attack sive barrier being built in t
on India's parliament complex. New General Assembly yesterda
Delhi blamed Pakistani-based militants "The fence will continue
for the attack, which killed 14 people, Israel says the wall is ne
and insisted Islamabad's spy agency Palestinians say Israel is usi
was behind the plot. In Jerusalem, Israel's polic
They were also seen here as a move a senior Israeli official since
to jump-start Prime Minister Atal Muslim administrators of the
Bihari Vajpayee's stalled peace initia- Tzachi Hanegbi said it was c
tive with Pakistan ahead of elections The site is revered by Je'
next year and seal his legacy as the temples; Muslims call the
man who renewed their friendship. where the Dome of the Roc
The travel proposals include the Hanegbi went to the site
resumption of air and rail links, and run- Muslim holy month of Ra
ning buses between the capitals of Kash- site, which had been opei
mir, the Himalayan territory divided reopened to others in recent
between the two South Asian rivals and WASHINGTON
a flashpoint for two of their past wars.
In Washington, State Department Democrats criti
spokesman Adam Ereli welcomed thef.o
proposals, saying: "They represent a federal noinne
major step toward establishing normal
links between these two important Under fire from Democ:
neighbors and for providing a founda- appellate nominee Jani
tion for real progress in resolving dif- Brown yesterday defende
ferences between India and Pakistan." and decisions she made a
The Indian government also vative California jurist an
announced that for the first time in 13 to rule fairly if promoted t
years, it would meet with members of nation's highest courts.
the separatist movement in India's por- "I have only one agen
tion of Kashmir, the country's only approach a case, and that is t
Muslim-majority state. But it did not right," she told the Senat
offer to negotiate the issue with Pak- Committee at her confirmati
istan, which the Islamabad government Republicans say oppos
has long sought. nomination to the U.S. Cour
In Islamabad, a Pakistani Foreign for the District of Columbia
Ministry statement said the proposals to do with the fact she is a c
restore travel links, sports competitions black woman who might on
and other people-to-people initiatives the Supreme Court.
would be given serious consideration. "She is a conservative Af
But it added that Islamabad was ican woman, and for som
"disappointed" that India still refused disqualifies her nomination
to discuss Kashmir with Pakistan. Circuit," said committee
India has long insisted that the way Orrin Hatch (R-Utah.).
to peace with Pakistan is through a
step-by-step process that involves nor- VIRGINIA BEACH, Va.
malizing trade and people-to-peopleS
contacts, before tackling Kashmir.
Islamabad insists Kashmir is the cen- return to his d
tral issue, and other disputes would
easily be resolved after the major sore After two days of occa
point is settled. bling in the courtroom, sn:
_ John Allen Muhammad ga
. . ,... |to be his own lawyer yester
)n terror' not on Muslims
convince skeptical Islamic leaders yesterday that
gainst Muslim countries, and praised Indonesia's
gainst terrorism near the site of an al-Qaida spon-
of protesters marched against the U.S. decision to
h arrived from Bali for the last stop of a six-coun-
on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, Bush praised
oputri, an ally against terrorism, and tried to dispel the
ns that the war on terror is, in fact, a war against Islam.
meeting with moderate religious leaders.
rm person," said Azyumardi Azra, a Muslim scholar at
rsity in Jakarta. "He responded and he listened."
horizon and 5,000 troops on shore, Bush's visit
miles of the spot where 202 people were killed in
t bombings a year ago. There were fears for his
is regarded as one of Asia's biggest terrorist tar-
ff without a hitch.
U.N. vote on W. Bank barrier
elming call by the United Nations to dismantle a mas-
he West Bank, with a top official dismissing the U.N.
y as hostile to the Jewish state.
to be built," said Vice Premier Ehud Olmert.
eded to keep suicide bombers out of the country. The
ng the barrier as a pretext to take Palestinian land.
ce minister toured a disputed holy site - the first visit by
Israeli-Palestinian fighting erupted there three years ago.
site called the visit a provocation, though Police Minister
oordinated with them. The visit ended without incident.
ws as the Temple Mount, an area of destroyed ancient
compound the Harem as-Sharif, or Noble Sanctuary,
k and Al Aqsa mosques are located.
to survey security arrangements in preparation for the
rnadan, which begins next week, his office said. The
n only to Muslims since the violence erupted, was
s a conser-
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has more to
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& that alone
to the D.C.
ie up trying
day and put
his fate back in the hands of his court-
"Mr. Muhammad no longer believes
it is in his best interest to represent him-
self," Circuit Judge LeRoy Millette Jr.
told the jury in the murder case.
Muhammad, 42, whose face is badly
swollen from a chronic toothache, did
not spell out his reasons in open court
but assured the judge that it had nothing
to do with his health.
Muhammad had stunned the judge
and his own attorneys when he
demanded the right to act as his own
lawyer just as opening arguments in the
capital case were to begin Monday.
Lawsuit filed aganist
violent video game
A $246 million lawsuit was filed
against the designer, marketer and a
retailter ofthe videogame series
"Grand Theft Auto" by the families
of two people shot by teenagers
apparently inspired by the game.
The suit claims marketer Sony
Computer Entertainment America
Inc., designers Take-Two Interactive
Software and Rockstar Games, and
Wal-Mart, are liable for $46 million
in compensatory damages and $200
million in punitive damages.
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