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Haiti PM seeks international aid

Haiti's prime minister warned yester-
day of an impending coup and
appealed for international help to con-
tend with a bloody uprising that has
claimed 57 lives. But the United States
and France expressed reluctance to
send troops to put down the rebellion.
Aid agencies called for urgent inter-
national action, warning Haiti is on "the
verge of a generalized civil war." The
U.N. refugee agency met with officials
in Washington to discuss how to con-
front a feared exodus of Haitians.
Yesterday, airlines in Port-au-Prince
canceled flights to the northern port of
Cap-Haitien, Haiti's second largest city,
after witnesses in the barricaded city
saw a boat approach and rumors swept
the town that rebels were about to attack.
In the western port of St. Marc, an
American missionary said his life has
been threatened by supporters of Presi-
dent Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
"We are witnessing the coup d'etat
machine in motion," Prime Minister
Yvon Neptune said yesterday, urging

the international community "to show
it really wants peace and stability"
Haiti's 5,000-member police force
appears unable to stem the revolt, but
Aristide and Neptune stopped short of
asking for military intervention.
Secretary of State Colin Powell said
yesterday, "There is frankly no enthusi-
asm right now for sending in military or
police forces to put down the violence."
Powell said the international com-
munity wants to see "a political solu-
tion" and only then would willing
nations offer a police presence to
implement such an agreement.
Powell spoke by telephone with
French Foreign Minister Dominique de
Villepin, who called an emergency
meeting in Paris yesterday to weigh the
risks of sending peacekeepers and dis-
cuss how otherwise to help Haiti, an
impoverished former colony that is
home to 2,000 French citizens.
"Can we deploy a peacekeeping
force?" de Villepin asked on France-
Inter radio, noting it "is very difficult"
amid violence.

Arafat, Qureia dispute over financial reform
A disagreement over financial reform erupted into a major dispute
between Yasser Arafat and his prime minister, Ahmed Qureia, and threatens
to hold up vital foreign aid to the Palestinian Authority, officials said yes-
The confrontation, which centered on salary payments to Palestinian
security forces, is seen as a key test of Qureia's ability to clean up his gov-
ernment's finances. International donor countries are becoming increasing-
ly impatient with what they see as Palestinian foot-dragging on reform, and
are scaling back aid.
Financial reform is one of the Palestinian obligations under the U.S.-
backed "road map" peace plan. The road map has been stalled for months,
with both Israel and the Palestinians failing to carry out the first steps.
The Arafat-Qureid dispute is perhaps their most serious since the prime
minister took office late last year. In general, Qureia has been trying to
accommodate Arafat, rather than challenge him.


A student throws a rock at the police during an opposition march in Port-au-Prince on
Sunday. Haitian Prime Minister Yvon Neptune warned of an Impending coup yesterday.

C l AT&T Wireless strike deal

Judge: Gay mamrage licenses may be illega
A judge said yesterday that San Francisco appears to be violating the law by
issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples, but he declined to order an
immediate halt to the weddings.
A conservative group had asked Judge James Warren to immediately stop the
weddings and void the 2,464 same-sex marriages performed in the city since
Thursday. Instead, Warren issued a nonbinding cease-and-desist order and told the
city to return on March 29 and explain its legal position. "We are extremely happy
and gratified that a stay was not issued," City Attorney Dennis Herrerra said.
Mayor Gavin Newsom said through a spokeswoman that the city would keep
performing the marriages despite the court order. "We will continue to issue mar-
riage licenses until the court rules we can no longer do so," spokeswoman Darlene
Chiu said shortly after the ruling. The Proposition 22 Legal Defense and Educa-
tion Fund had asked the Superior Court judge to issue an order commanding the
city to stop issuing the licenses, or show cause explaining why it would not.

ATLANTA (AP) - Cingular Wire-
less agreed to pay nearly $41 billion to
buy AT&T Wireless Services to create
the nation's largest mobile phone com-
pany, raising concern among consumer
advocates that it may hurt competition
and impede lower prices.
The deal announced yesterday
between the second and third largest
U.S. wireless companies would create
a cellular giant with 46 million sub-
scribers and 70,000 employees. Cur-
rent market leader Verizon Wireless
has 37.5 million customers.

The deal - subject to approval by
AT&T Wireless shareholders and fed-
eral regulators - would be a boon for
Atlanta-based Cingular's efforts to cut
costs, fill service gaps and expand its
spectrum, or radio frequency, in sever-
al key U.S markets, thus enabling it to
offer wireless Internet access at broad-
band speed.
"This combination is expected to
create customer benefits and growth
prospects neither company could have
achieved on its own, and will mean
better coverage, improved reliability,


enhanced call quality and a wide array
of new and innovative services," said
Stan Sigman, president and chief exec-
utive of Cingular, who will continue to
lead the company.
Some fear the merger could reduce
the fierce competition that has driven
down prices in the U.S. cellular mar-
ket, trimming the number of national
players from six to five.
"Losing a competitor in this kind of
market hurts consumers, especially
when you're merging the big players,"
said Mark Cooper, director of research
Continued from Page 1.
state nominating contests Edwards
won in South Carolina.
Dean, who has yet to finish first in
any contest, still leads the senator in
delegates because of his early accumu-
lation of unpledged delegates.
But Dean campaign aides said yes-
terday the former frontrunner will con-
sider endorsing another candidate and
scaling back his campaign.
Sharpton has 16 delegates, seven
acquired in Michigan. Kucinich
remains in the running with two del-

at the Washington-based Consumer
Federation of America. "It's not five
and six that's merging. It's two and
three, and that's a much bigger impact
on competition."
Guzman and Co. analyst Patrick
Comack said he doesn't expect prices
to go up if the deal is approved. "You
still have some very aggressive com-
petitors out there," he said.
Cingular, a joint venture between
SBC Communications Inc. of San Anto-
nio and BellSouth Corp. of Atlanta, said
it will pay $15 cash per share.
The race moves next to Hawaii
and Idaho, which hold their caucus-
es Feb. 24, on the same day as
Utah's primary.
These contests are a prelude to
"Super Tuesday" on March 2, when
10 states determine the distribution
of their pledged delegates to the
Democratic National Convention in
Former New Jersey Sen. Bill
Bradley was forced to exit the 2000
presidential race when former Vice
President Al Gore swept 16 states
on Super Tuesday four years ago.
- The Associated Press contributed to
this report.

U.S. compiles list of
Iraqi rebel leaders
The U.S. military yesterday issued for
the first time a wanted list of dozens of
key figures suspected of leading the
anti-U.S. insurgency in Iraq, including a
$1 million reward for a senior Baath
Party figure believed to be running guer-
rilla cells.
In Tikrit, three Iraqis, including a 10-
year-old, were killed yesterday when a
120 mm mortar fired by U.S. soldiers
landed on their house. The U.S. base at
Tikrit has been receiving fire from
insurgents over the past few nights, the
military said.
The list of 32 wanted people included
suspected cell leaders, former members
of Saddam Hussein's military and
regional Baath leaders thought to be
helping the insurgency, said Brig. Gen.
Mark Kimmitt, deputy operations chief.
Bush visits miiary
base to gain support
Snapping a sharp salute before cheer-
ing soldiers, President Bush put his cre-
dentials as wartime commander in chief'
on display yesterday against suggestions
he ducked his military duty as a child of
privilege during the Vietnam War.
Cheers of "USA, USA" and enthusi-
astic applause greeted Bush as he took
an outdoor stage at this military base
that has trained and deployed more than
10,000 troops to Iraq and Afghanistan

since America was struck by terrorist
attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
"My resolve is the same as it was on
the day when I walked in the rubble of
the twin towers," Bush said. "I will not
relent until this threat to America is
removed. And neither will you."
Bush's appearance provided a TV-
ready opportunity to emphasize his
national security responsibilities and
leadership of the war against terror, a
role the White House wants to empha-
size with voters as he heads into a re-
election battle.
Federal court upholds
do-not-call registry
Handing a victory to consumers who
loathe telemarketers, a federal appeals
court yesteday upheld the popular do-
not-call registry, dismissing claims it
violates free speech rights and is unfair
to business.
The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of
Appeals called the registry of more
than 56 million phone numbers a rea-
sonable attempt by government to
safeguard personal privacy and
reduce "the danger of telemarketing
"Just as a consumer can avoid door-
to-door peddlers by placing a 'No
Solicitation' sign in his or her front
yard, the do-not-call registry lets con-
sumers avoid unwanted sales pitches
that invade the home via telephone," the
court said.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports




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