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MADRID, Spain (AP) - Spain's that Azna
incoming prime minister pledged yester- rorists by
day to bring Spanish troops home from his gover
Iraq unless the United Nations takes con- nections b
trol there, harshly criticizing the U.S.-led terrorists
war even as he promised to maintain train bon
good relations with Washington. attacks in
A day after his Socialists swept people an
Spain's ruling conservatives from Zapate
power in elections overshadowed by order Spa
terrorist bombings, Jose Luis made cle
Rodriguez Zapatero also promised to pared to f
lead a more pro-European government "I have
that would restore "magnificent rela- that, unle,
tions" with France and Germany - United N
which unlike Spain's outgoing govern- occupiers
ment both opposed the Iraq war. Spanish t
In a surprise defeat, Prime Minister limit for
Jose Maria Aznar's conservatives on 30" Zapa
Sunday became the first government He descri
that backed Washington in Iraq to be mit peace
voted from office. The U
The election was held amid charges authorize
to pull troops out of Iraq
r made Spain a target for ter-
supporting the war, and that
nment concealed possible con-
between the attack and Islamic
for political gain. Thursday's
nbings - the worst terrorist
Spain's history - killed 200
d wounded some 1,500.
ro campaigned on a pledge to
ain's 1,300 troops home. He
ar yesterday that he is pre-
said clearly in recent months
ss there is a change in that the
nations take control and the
give up political control, the
roops will come back, and the
their presence there is June
atero told a news conference.
ibed Spain's decision to com-
keepers to Iraq as "an error."
J.N. Security Council has
ed the current multinational
force in which Spain is participating.
But there has been no talk of turning
that force, which is led by the United
States, into a U.N.-controlled peacekeep-
President Bush called Aznar yester-
day to thank him for his "support, his
friendship and his strong leadership,"
White House press secretary Scott
McClellan said. Bush then called Zap-
atero. "The two leaders both said they
look forward to working together, par-
ticularly on our shared commitment to
combating terrorism," McClellan said.
Zapatero promised to maintain "cor-
dial" relations with Washington, but he
had harsh words for the war in Iraq and
the U.S.-led occupation. "It divided
more than it united, there were no rea-
sons for it. Time has shown that the
arguments for it lacked credibility and
the occupation has been managed
badly," he said.
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HEADLINES FROM AROUND THE WORLD
Blast suspect may have al-Qaida links
Evidence is mounting that Islamic extremists linked to al-Qaida were behind
the Madrid bombings and the assault may be tied to a bloody attack in Morocco
last year, officials said yesterday.
One of five suspects held by Spanish police in connection with last Thursday's
attack in Spain had traveled to his home country of Morocco, then left on April
20, 2003 - almost a month before the May 16 attacks in Casablanca that killed
45 people, officials said.
The suspect, Jamal Zougam, also has connections to a key suspect in the
Casablanca attacks and possibly to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a Moroccan official
said, speaking on condition of anonymity. Al-Zarqawi is a key operative working
with Osama bin Laden's terror network who has been blamed in attacks in Jordan,
Iraq and elsewhere. It appears "increasingly likely" Islamic extremists played a
role in the Madrid attacks, though "a number of avenues are being pursued," said
a U.S. counterterrorism official, speaking on the condition of anonymity.
U.S. authorities aren't ruling out al-Qaida involvement or the possibility Mus-
lim extremists were working with the Basque separatist group ETA.
Sharon rules out peace talks with Palestinians
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon yesterday ruled out negotiations with the
Palestinians, accusing them of doing nothing to stop terror attacks a day after a
double suicide bombing killed 10 Israelis.
The declaration dealt a blow to efforts to restart peace talks, clearing the way
for the prime minister's proposal to withdraw from the Gaza Strip and impose a
boundary in the West Bank unilaterally.
Addressing Israel's parliament, Sharon said Sunday's attack at the Israeli
seaport of Ashdod "reinforces the understanding that there is no Palestinian
leader with the courage, the ability, to struggle against terrorism."
"Clearly, in this situation, there will be no political negotiations," he said.
Palestinian Cabinet minister Saeb Erekat called Sharon's declaration "unfortunate."
"This was a very grave development which will not add anything to the efforts
to revive the peace process, but will only add to the complexities," he said.
U.S. officials and international mediators have pushed Israel and the Pales-
tinians to implement the "road map" peace plan.
Socialist Party leader Jose Rodriguez
Zapatero gives a thumbs-up as he
celebrates his party's win yesterday.
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onsite directors," she said. "We've sug-
gested that they stick around the pro-
gram sites, and that they not do a lot of
traveling by plane or train or bus.
"I have heard nothing to indicate
that anyone is considering coming
home," Dickerman added.
But if the situation changes, she
said, the OIP will not hesitate to make
Dickerman said the OIP will moni-
tor the situation through its staff in
Spain in addition to watching for travel
warnings from the State Department.
"If there were a travel warning, if we
thought conditions were unsafe in a par-
ticular place, we'd cancel a program,"
Dickerman said. "It might be possible
that we'd immediately come home (or)
move them somewhere else. It really
depends on what the specific threat is."
But students who are planning on
studying in Spain through the OIP said
the bombings would not affect their
plans. "I'm not thinking about cancel-
ing the trip," LSA sophomore Matthew
Dickman, who said he has visited
Spain before, noted that the Basque
militant group ETA has made terrorism
a concern for tourists since the years of
the fascist Francisco Franco regime.
Currently, officials strongly suspect al-
Qaida perpetrated the bombing, though
ETA was initially suspected. "Traveling
to Spain, one always knows that terror-
ism is a problem," Dickman said. "I'm
not that concerned about it, but it's
always there in the back of your mind."
LSA sophomore John Denman-
Duggan, who said he will be taking a
trip to Spain and other European coun-
tries this summer before studying in
Spain sometime next year, also said he
would not change his plans.
"I wasn't worried, because I figured,
'What are the chances something like
that will happen in the few days I'm
there?"' Denman-Duggan said.
Still, Dickerman stressed that the
OIP would base any future decisions
related to the Spain trips on its own
assessment of the area's safety.
"Whether students themselves are
concerned or not, obviously we don't
want to be sending students to a place
that's unsafe," Dickerman said.
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Exiled leader Aristide
arrives in Jamaica
Ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aris-
tide arrived in Jamaica from exile in
Africa yesterday, prompting Haiti's
interim leader to withdraw his ambassa-
dor to Jamaica and suspend ties with
the Caribbean economic bloc.
Aristide's arrival in neighboring
Jamaica raised tensions in Haiti, where
his followers plan more protests to
demand the return of the country's first
democratically elected leader.
A U.S. Marine was shot in the arm
while patrolling a pro-Aristide neighbor-
hood in the Haitian capital of Port-au-
Prince - the first American
peacekeeping casualty since Aristide fled
Haiti and foreign troops arrived Feb. 29.
U.S. troops have been attacked sever-
al times and have shot and killed at
least six Haitians in the past week.
Aristide arrived with his wife, Mil-
dred, at the airport in Kingston,
Jamaica, some 130 miles from Haiti.
Martha Stewart quits
post at her company
Ten days after being convicted in a
stock scandal, Martha Stewart resigned
yesterday from the board of the home-
making empire that bears her name and
stamps it on everything from magazines
Stewart, 62, also stepped down as
chief creative officer of Martha Stewart
But she was given the new title of
founding editorial director, meaning
she will probably remain an influential
part of the company, despite an
impending prison sentence that could
last more than a year.
The move showed that the company
is not ready to completely sever its ties
with the homemaking queen, who owns
61 percent of the stock.
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia
Al-Qaida region chief
may have been killed
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Saudi security forces killed two mili-
tants, including one considered al-
Q aida's chief of operations on the
Arabian Peninsula, in a shootout in the
capital of Riyadh yesterday, U.S. and
Saudi officials said.
A Saudi Interior Ministry statement
said the two were killed in the al-
Nasseem neighborhood, in eastern
Riyadh, in an exchange of fire with
security forces yesterday afternoon.
Abu Hazim al-Sha'ir, a Yemeni
believed to be about 30, was the sen-
ior al-Qaida figure in the region, a
U.S. counterterrorism official said,
speaking on the condition of
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