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Cole bombers get death sentence NEWS IN BRIEF
SAN'A, Yemen (AP) - A Yemeni officials in Yemen. AI-Nashiri is also suspected of help- ers Ibrahim al-Thawr and Hasaan
judge sentenced two men to death and The other five defendants were pres- ing direct the 1998 bombings of U.S. al-Khamri, who went by the alias of


four others to prison terms ranging
from five to 10 years yesterday, the first
convictions and sentences for the 2000
suicide bombing of the USS Cole, an
attack blamed on Osama bin Laden's
terror network.
Saudi-born Abd al-Rahim al-
Nashiri, who is in U.S. custody at an
undisclosed location, and Jamal al-
Badawi, a 35-year-old Yemeni, were
both sentenced to death for plotting,
preparing and involvement in the
bombing, which killed 17 U.S. sail-
ors as their destroyer refueled in the
southern Yemeni port of Aden.
Al-Nashiri, believed to be the mas-
termind of the Oct. 12, 2000, bombing,
was tried in absentia, and it was not
clear how the ruling would affect his
detention. Four American officials who
attended the sentencing refused to com-
ment on the trial, as did U.S. Embassy

ent in the heavily guarded court to hear
the sentences. In reading the verdict,
Judge Najib al-Qaderi pointed to the
prosecution's statement that Badawi and
al-Nashiri bought the speedboat that the
bombers used to ram the Cole.
"This verdict is an American one and
unjust," al-Badawi yelled from behind
the bars of a courtroom cell after the
judge sentenced him to death. "There
are no human rights in the world, except
for the Americans. All the Muslims in
the world are being used to serve Amer-
ican interests."
The United States announced al-
Nashiri's arrest in 2002. He was
detained in the United Arab Emirates
and transferred to American custody.
U.S. officials believe he is a close asso-
ciate of Saudi-born bin Laden, who is
believed to have masterminded the Sept.
11, 2001, attacks.

embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.
Death sentences are routinely handed
down by Yemeni courts. Execution is
carried out by a firing squad.
Mohammed al-Badawi, brother of the
Yemeni condemned to death, denounced
the decision and told The Associated
Press that his brother and the four other
Yemenis sentenced yesterday would
appeal their sentences.
Al-Badawi's father, also called
Mohammed, urged Yemen's President
Ali Abdullah Saleh to overturn the
judge's decision, which he claimed
was made "under heavy American
"It is a ready-made verdict and we
will appeal," the father said.
The six men were all charged with
belonging to al-Qaida and playing
various roles in the attack on the Cole,
which was carried out by suicide bomb-

Abdullah al-Misawa. The two Yemenis
rammed an explosives-laden boat into
the destroyer.
"The evidence obtained by the court
affirms the collaboration of the defen-
dants in the case ... which harmed the
country, its reputation and threatened its
social stability and security," al-Qaderi
told the court before issuing his sen-
Al-Qaderi sentenced Fahd al-Qasa to
10 years in jail for filming the bombing,
which left a gaping hole in the side of
the destroyer, which was later repaired
and returned to service.
The court heard evidence that al-
Qasa had traveled to Afghanistan in
1997 to train at an al-Qaida terrorist
camp, but it was unclear how long he
spent there before returning to Yemen, a
tribal-dominated country located at the
southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula.

Economy growing, but still weakly@
The economy grew at a faster pace this spring than previously thought, but was
at its weakest level in more than a year, providing ammunition to both candidates
in the final weeks of the presidential race.
The 3.3 percent annual growth rate of gross domestic product in the April to June
period was stronger than the 2.8 percent pace estimated last month, the Commerce
Department said yesterday. GDP is the country's total output of goods and services.
Still, the improvement was significantly lower than the first quarter's 4.5 percent
annual rate.
The second-quarter boost to the nearly $11.7 trillion economy came from expanded
business inventories and investments, an increase in imports and a drop in exports.
"The economy is doing better than many anticipated,"said Sung Won Sohn, economist
at Wells Fargo & Co. "And the better news is that economic growth will accelerate."
The report sent stocks higher, with the Dow Jones closing up nearly 59 points
and the NASDAQ up 24 points.

Private spaceship leaves atmosphere

Pakistan claims success in al-Qaida fight
Pakistan has "broken the back" of al-Qaida in this country by killing a key
network operative reportedly involved in every major terror attack here in recent
years, including the beheading of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, an
official said yesterday.
Amjad Hussain Farooqi was killed Sunday by security forces after refusing to
surrender at his home in Nawabshah in southern Pakistan.
Farooqi was wanted for his alleged role in the 2002 kidnapping and beheading of
Pearl and in two failed assassination attempts on President Gen. Pervez Musharraf.
Since his death, authorities have tagged Farooqi with involvement in major ter-
ror attacks in recent years, including the March 2002 attack on a church in the
capital, Islamabad, and a June 2002 car bombing outside the U.S. Consulate in the
port city of Karachi that left 12 people dead.
Interior Minister Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao told a Cabinet meeting that secu-
rity forces have "broken the back of al-Qaida in Pakistan" by killing Farooqi.


Soaring toward a $10 million bounty

MOJAVE, Calif. (AP) - Ignoring a
warning to abort the flight, a test pilot
took a stubby-looking rocket plane on a
corkscrewing, white-knuckle ride past
the edge of the atmosphere yesterday,
completing the first stage of a quest to
win a $10 million prize.
As spectators and controllers ner-
vously watched from the ground,
SpaceShipOne rolled dozens of times
as it hurtled toward space at nearly
three times the speed of sound. It
reached an altitude of 64 miles over the
Mojave Desert.
Spaceship designer Burt Rutan said
he asked pilot Michael Melvill to shut
down the engine, but Melvill kept going
until he reached the altitude specified
under the rules for the Ansari X Prize,
a bounty offered to the first privately
built, manned rocket ship to fly in space
twice in a span of two weeks.
"I did a victory roll at the top," Mel-
vill joked from atop the spaceship after
it glided safely to a landing..
The problem was being analyzed
by the spacecraft's builders, who must
decide whether to proceed with anoth-
er flight Monday in order to win the
X Prize.
But Rutan and Melvill were confident
the flight would go on as planned. Rutan
said rolling occurred during flight simu-
lations, and it was not a complete sur-
prise when it happened on yesterday.
"I've looked at it, and I think we just
change out the engine and fill it with gas
and let it go," Melvill said.
The test pilot said he may have caused
the rolling himself.
"You know, you're extremely busy at

dation is offering the bounty in hopes
of inspiring an era of space tourism in
which spaceflight is not just the domain
of government agencies such as NASA.
Rutan, with more than $20 million
from Microsoft billionaire Paul Allen,
secretly developed SpaceShipOne and is
well ahead of two dozen teams building
X Prize contenders around the world.
During its 81-minute flight, Space-
ShipOne climbed to 337,500 feet -
nearly 10,000 feet above its target, said
Gregg Maryniak, executive director of
the X Prize Foundation. The craft made
more than two dozen unexpected rolls
as the fat fuselage and spindly white
wings shot skyward.
Rutan said controllers asked Melvill to
shut the engine down early because of the
rolling, but Melvill kept going until he was
certain he would reach the target altitude.
"We actually were asking him to go
ahead and abort, to shut it off to where
he wouldn't have gone the (62 miles).
He stayed in there just for a handful of
seconds more," Rutan said.
Melvill said he did shut down the
engine 11 seconds earlier than planned
after determining the craft would reach
its target.
The mission began when a specially
designed jet with the ship under its
belly took off from the desert north of
Los Angeles. At 47,000 feet, Space-
ShipOne was released, and Melvill
fired its rocket motor and pointed the
nose toward space.
A crowd of VIPs watched from below
the airport control tower. The mission
was televised live.
The Ansari X Prize was modeled on
the $25,000 prize that Charles Lind-
bergh won in his Spirit of St. Louis for
the first solo New York-to-Paris flight
across the Atlantic in 1927.

Astronaut Mike Melvill celebrates on SpaceShipOne yesterday after landing
as the Mojave Aerospace Ventures Team attempts to win the Ansari X Prize.

British hostage filmed pleading for rescue
A weeping British hostage was shown pleading for help between the bars of a
makeshift cage in a video that surfaced yesterday, a sobering reminder of the grim
reality for at least 18 foreign captives still held by Iraqi militants.
There is wide speculation that ransoms were paid for the freedom of a dozen
hostages, including two Italian aid workers.
The new footage, first broadcast on the Arab news network Al-Jazeera and then
posted on the Internet, showed Kenneth Bigley begging British Prime Minister
Tony Blair to meet his captors' demands.
"Tony Blair, I am begging you for my life," the 62-year-old Bigley said between
sobs. "Have some compassion. Only you can help me now."
Stewart to do time in West Virginia prison
Martha Stewart will do her time farther from home than she had hoped, at a
remote West Virginia prison where inmates sleep in bunk beds and rise at 6 a.m. to
do menial labor for pennies an hour.
The millionaire celebrity homemaker said yesterday that she has been assigned
to the minimum-security women's prison at Alderson.
Stewart, convicted in March of lying about a stock sale, had asked to serve her
five-month prison term in Danbury, Conn., close to her 90-year-old mother and her
own home in nearby Westport.
But a source familiar with the government's decision, speaking on condition of
anonymity, told The Associated Press that Alderson was selected because it was
more remote and less accessible to the media than Danbury or Stewart's second
choice of Coleman, Fla.
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that point," he said. "Your feet and your
hands and your eyes and everything is
working about as fast as you can work
them, and probably I stepped on some-
thing too quickly and caused the roll."
SpaceShipOne, with Melvill at the
controls, made history in June when it
became the first private, manned craft

to reach space.
The Ansari X Prize will go to the first
craft to safely complete two flights to
an altitude of 328,000 feet, or 62 miles
- generally considered to be the point
where the Earth's atmosphere ends and
space begins - in a 14-day span.
The St. Louis-based X Prize Foun-

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