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Officials fingerprint foreign travelers NEWS IN BRIEF
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A A TA(AP)- Authorities port yesterday after noon amid their "A .
began scanning fingerprints and taking
photographs of arriving foreigners yes-
terday as part of a new program that
Homeland Security Secretary Tom
Ridge said will make borders "open to
travelers but closed to terrorists."
The program, aimed at letting Cus-
toms officials instantly check an immi-
grant or visitor's criminal background,
targets foreigners entering the 115 U.S.
airports that handle international
flights, as well as 14 major seaports.
The exceptions will be visitors from
27 countries - mostly European
nations - whose citizens are allowed
to come to the United States for up to
90 days without visas. Also excepted
will be most Canadians, because they
usually are not required to get visas,
and those Mexicans who are coming
into the country for a short time and
not venturing far from the border.
Five weary members of the Takai
family sat at Detroit Metropolitan Air-
luggage awaiting a ride to their home
Back in Tokyo where they began
their 12-hour Northwest Airlines flight,
it was about 4 a.m. Tuesday.
Roy Takai, 40, and his 38-year-old
wife, Noriko, said the fingerprinting
and photographing added 5 to 10 min-
utes to the entry process.
Sons Shohei, 14, and Yuma, 12,
were printed as well. Takumi, 8, was
exempted because of his age.
"As long as it doesn't take much
time, it's fine for us," said Roy Takai, a
Japanese citizen who works for an auto
parts wholesaler. "From the point of
the United States, they should take
more serious action" on security.
Yuma said he did not mind being
photographed and printed.
"It's a regulation," he said, taking a
break from the handheld video game
he was playing with his older brother.
Ridge was at Hartsfield-Jackson
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Atlanta International Airport yester-
day to meet with some of the first for-
eign passengers to go through the new
He described the move as "part of a
comprehensive program to make sure
our borders remain open to travelers
but closed to terrorists."
"It's easy for travelers to use but
hard for terrorists to avoid," Ridge said
In a pilot program at Hartsfield-Jack-
son that preceded yesterday's nationwide
implementation, authorities turned up
21 people on the FBI's criminal watch
list for such crimes as drug offenses,
rape and visa fraud, Ridge said.
Foreigners also will be checked as
they leave the country as an extra secu-
rity measure and to ensure they com-
plied with visa limitations.
Most passengers breezed through
the fingerprinting and picture-taking
yesterday, spending only a few seconds
more than they normally would at the
Customs station where they're asked
about their visits.
But one traveler doubted the pro-
gram would deter terrorists because
they could come from the 27 countries
that are exempt from visa checking.
"It's easy, but I don't think it's going
to be effective," said Carlos Thome,
who flew in yesterday from Sao Paulo,
Brazil. "You can also have terrorists in
U.S. agriculture officials have decided to kill 450 calves in a Washington state
herd that includes an offspring of the cow diagnosed with mad cow disease.
Ron DeHaven, the Agriculture Department's chief veterinarian, said yesterday
that the month-old calves would be slaughtered this week at an undisclosed facili-
ty that is not being used.
He also announced that USDA officials would visit Mexico to discuss that
country's ban on American beef products following the diagnosis last month of
the first U.S. case of mad cow disease. Mexico is one of more than 30 countries
to halt U.S. beef imports.
The herd that is to be destroyed is one of three under quarantine in Washington
because of ties to the diseased Holstein. The other herds contain cows that proba-
bly are from the same Alberta farm as the 6 1/2-year-old Holstein, but DNA tests
to confirm the cow's origins are not complete.
Officials decided to kill all month-old calves in the Sunnyside, Wash., herd
because they cannot determine which one was born to the infected cow. While
officials have said contaminated feed is the most likely source of infection, they
cannot rule out transmission of the disease from mother to calf.
Indian and Pakistani leaders hold talks
India's prime minister held a much-anticipated, face-to-face meeting yesterday
with Pakistan's military president, a historic step toward better relations between
the bitter enemies and nuclear-armed neighbors.
Officials kept a tight lid on discussions, suggesting that revealing details could
jeopardize nascent peace overtures that both sides increasingly see as necessary to
propel economic growth and boost cooperation.
Foes since the end of British rule more than 50 years ago, the two sides frittered
away their postcolonial promise, fighting wars and failing to overcome the poison-
ous dispute over the Himalyan territory of Kashmir.
Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf, who survived two assassination
attempts last month, welcomed Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at his
Islamabad residence for a one-hour meeting. Their talk overshadowed a summit of
the seven-nation South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation - the event
that brought them together. "The two leaders discussed the positive impact of the
recent confidence-building measures and hopes that their momentum would be
maintained," said Masood Khan, a spokesman at Pakistan's Foreign Ministry.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - North Korea
offered today to refrain from producing nuclear
weapons as a "bold concession" to rekindle talks
over its arms programs.
The move comes as the United States, China,
Russia, Japan and the two Koreas scramble to
arrange a new round of negotiations, with South
Korea and Russian saying they are unlikely this
North Korea has said before it is willing to
freeze its "nuclear activities" in exchange for U.S.
aid and being taken off Washington's roster of ter-
rorism sponsoring nations.
Today it specified it was "set to refrain from
testing and production of nuclear weapons and
stop even operating (its) nuclear power industry
for a peaceful purpose."
In a commentary carried by the official KCNA
news agency, North Korea called the offer "one
more bold concession."
The United States has said it wants North Korea
to verifiably begin dismantling its nuclear weapons
programs before it delivers any concessions.
In Moscow, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister
Alexander Losyukov blamed the delay yesterday
on disagreements over the wording of a final doc-
ument for the talks.
He said efforts to set up more talks were
"very difficult" and that a final document could
not be forged because of "mistrust and increased
demands on each other" by the United States
and North Korea, according to Russia's Interfax
Today, North Korea said its first-step proposal
should be the focus of preparations for new talks.
"If the United States keeps ignoring our efforts
and continues to pressurize the DPRK to scrap its
nuclear weapons program first while shelving the
issue of making a switchover in its policy toward
the DPRK, the basis of dialogue will be demol-
ished and a shadow will be cast over the
prospects of talks," the North's official news
agency KCNA said in a commentary.
KCNA was monitored by South Korea's Yon-
hap news agency.
DPRK stands for Democratic People's Repub-
lic of Korea, North Korea's official name.
Chinese and Russian officials met in Moscow
yesterday to try smoothing a way toward a new
session of six-nation talks. A first round of talks
in Beijing in August ended with little progress.
Russia and China are working on a compromise
that assumes the liquidation of the North Korean
nuclear program may take more than one year.
Agreement to a "freeze" of nuclear work by
Pyongyang would be the first step toward dis-
mantlement, according to ITAR-Tass.
There were hopes a new round could open
early this year, after differences between the Unit-
ed States and North Korea prevented more nego-
tiations before the close of 2003.
But Russian and South Korean officials said
yesterday talks would probably not happen this
China to wildlife
Faced with the return of SARS,
China yesterday ordered wild animals
slaughtered by the thousands in the dis-
ease's suspected region of origin, a
striking response that elicited calls for
caution from international doctors con-
cerned about safety and destroying
The decision to kill up to 10,000
civet cats and related specialty-food
creatures in the wildlife markets of the
southern province of Guangdong -
animals suspected of being SARS car-
riers - came as the first case of
SARS in China this season was con-
firmed after more than two weeks of
Adding to Asia's SARS unease, a
husband and wife in the Philippines
who fell ill after returning from Hong
Kong were placed in isolation to await
test results. And Hong Kong stepped up
health surveillance at border check-
points with mainland China.
SHARM EL-SHEIK, Egypt
U.S. citizens die in
Egyptian plane crash
Searchers hunting for the wreckage
of an airliner zeroed in on a signal late
yesterday that could be the black box
- holding clues to the cause of the Red
Sea crash that killed all 148 people
aboard, a French embassy official said.
The U.S. State Department, mean-
while, said four people with dual U.S.-
Egyptian citizenship were among the
dead, the first word that Americans
were on the Flash Airlines flight, which
was bound for Paris via Cairo. Most of
the passengers were French tourists.
The plane, an 11-year-old Boeing 737
operated by the private Cairo-based car-
rier, crashed shortly after takeoff Satur-
day from this popular Red Sea resort.
Rover takes pictures
of Mars panorama
Combining 21st-century rocket sci-
ence and 1950s B-movie technology,
NASA yesterday released a 3-D, black-
and-white panoramic picture of the
bleak surface of Mars snapped by the
newly, landed rover Spirit.
Reporters at a news conference
were issued cardboard 3-D glasses to
look at the 360-degree image of a
desolate, wind-scoured plain strewn
"I feel like I'm at a bad, '50s B-
movie;' mission manager Matt Wallace
said as he watched a roomful of reporters
take in the image at NASA's Jet Propul-
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.
An image taken by Space Imaging's IKONOS
satellite pictures the southern area of North
Korea's Yongbyon nuclear facility.
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BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - The Gov-
erning Council is close to agreeing on
a federal system for Iraq and will defer
until next year the explosive issue of
whether to give greater autonomy to
the northern Kurdish region, two coun-
cil members said yesterday.
Dividing Iraq into federal states
along ethnic and religious lines is a
sensitive matter for Iraqis as well as for
others in the region who fear such sep-
arations will lead to the disintegration
of the country. Turkey and Iran also
worry about an increasingly
autonomous Kurdistan because of their
own Kurdish minorities.
In London, meanwhile, Foreign Sec-
retary Jack Straw said British forces
would likely remain in Iraq for years to
come. He said he could not give an
"exact timescale" for their withdrawal
but added "it is not going to be months.
... I can't say whether it is going to be
Three U.S. soldiers were wounded
when a roadside bomb exploded near a
U.S. military convoy west of Baghdad,
and insurgents shot and wounded anoth-
er soldier in an ambush northwest of the
capital, the military said yesterday. All
four soldiers were wounded Sunday.
The violence underscored remarks by
British Prime Minister Tony Blair on
Sunday that the U.S.-led coalition must
"get on top of the security situation" in
Iraq as the country prepares for self-rule.
In Baghdad, members of the Iraqi
Governing Council were focusing on
how to structure the country in the
post-Saddam Hussein era, including a
proposal by the council's five Kurdish
members to allow Kurdistan to exist as
an autonomous region.
Dara Nor al-Din, a Kurdish member,
said the council has not gone beyond
agreeing on the principle of federalism
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