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NATION/WORLD

Insurgents kill 35 Iraqi children

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - A string of
bombs killed 35 children and wounded
scores of others as U.S. troops handed out
candy yesterday at a government-spon-
sored celebration to inaugurate a sewage
plant. It was the largest death toll of chil-
dren in any insurgent
attack since the start "They hav
of the Iraq conflict. T e
Grief-stricken aims excel
mothers wailed
over their children's as many i
bloodied corpses, as
relatives collected as they ca
body parts from the
street for burial and - Gen. Huss
a boy picked up the Deputy Int
damaged bicycle of
his dead brother.
The wounded were rushed to Yar-
mouk Hospital, where angry relatives
screamed for attention from the over-
whelmed doctors, many of whom wore
uniforms covered in blood.
The bombings in Baghdad's western
al-Amel neighborhood - at least two of
which were in cars - came amid a series
of savage attacks that killed at least 51
people and wounded 230 nationwide.
At least one U.S. soldier was among the
dead and 13 were wounded.
Jordanian terror mastermind Abu
Musab al-Zarqawi's Tawhid and Jihad
group claimed responsibility for bloody

attacks in Baghdad yesterday, according
to a statement on a militant website.
The authenticity of the statement
could not be verified, and it was unclear
whether the attacks it referred to includ-
ed the bombs that killed the children.
Early reports said a

I

e no
pt killing
raqis
n.
&in Ali Kamal
erior Minister

U.S. convoy was pass-
ing by the celebra-
tion when the attack
occurred. The U.S.
military said later that
American soldiers
were taking part in the
celebration but that no
convoy was passing
through the area.
American jets, tanks

and artillery units have
repeatedly targeted al-Zarqawi's fol-
lowers in Fallujah, west of Baghdad, as
coalition forces seek to assert control
over insurgent enclaves ahead of elec-
tions slated for January.
Deputy Interior Minister Gen. Hus-
sein Ali Kamal said intense military
pressure on insurgents holed up in Fal-
lujah was forcing them to turn their
bombs on the capital. He said the day's
attacks were "definitely coordinated."
"They are killing citizens and
spreading horror. They have no aims
except killing as many Iraqis as they
can," Kamal said.

Local residents survey the destruction after two car bombs and a roadside
bomb went off in succession in Baghdad, Iraq, yesterday. At least 51 were
killed, most of them children, and more than 200 were wounded in the attack.

Israelis strike deep m

JEBALIYA REFUGEE CAMP, Gaza Strip (AP)
- Israeli troops struck deep inside the largest Pales-
tinian refugee camp yesterday, battling masked gun-
men in an unprecedented campaign to stop deadly
rocket fire on Israeli towns. Twenty-eight Palestinians
were killed and 131 wounded, the bloodiest single-day
toll in fighting in 30 months.
Three Israelis - two soldiers and an Israeli woman
jogger - were killed in two Palestinian shooting
attacks in northern Gaza.
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon approved a large-
scale military operation in the northern Gaza Strip
after meeting with advisers late yesterday, an Israeli

official said.
The plan was a response to the killing of two Israeli
children, ages 2 and 4, by a Hamas rocket attack on an
Israeli border town Wednesday. However, he stopped
short of ordering a call-up of reserves.
The plan, which has the backing of Defense Min-
ister Shaul Mofaz, was unanimously approved by the
Israeli security Cabinet on Thursday night. Troops
will focus on the Jebaliya refugee camp and the nearby
town of Beit Hanoun.
The army's push yesterday into the center of Jebali-
ya - a first in four years of fighting - signaled a
change in military tactics.

ee camp
Since fighting erupted in 2000, the military has
refrained from reoccupying large areas of crowded
Gaza for long periods, for fear of getting bogged down
in urban combat. The army has felt less constrained in
the less densely populated West Bank.
Armored vehicles rolled into squalid Jebaliya, a
militant stronghold with 106,000 residents, yesterday
morning. Throughout the day, masked Palestinians
taking cover in camp alleys fired assault rifles - and
occasionally anti-tank missiles and grenades - at
tanks, which responded with machine-guns. Militants
were seen laying explosive charges and unraveling
detonation wire.

NEWS IN BRIEF
Mcow ates eme
MOSCOW
Environmental pact close to approval
Russia's Cabinet approved the Kyoto Protocol yesterday in a crucial step
toward putting the long-delayed climate change treaty into effect, although
without participation by the United States.
Final approval by the Russian parliament, which would push the treaty past
its required ratification threshold, was not guaranteed, however. While the State
Duma generally approves legislation backed by President Vladimir Putin, many
Russian officials remain opposed to the pact, fearing its restrictions on green-
house gas emissions could hinder economic growth.
Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov, on a trip to the Netherlands, said he expected
"difficult debate" when the Duma meets to vote on ratification, possibly before
the end of the year.
Putin's economic adviser, Andrei Illarionov, lamented the Cabinet's approval
was "a political decision that will damage national interests in many areas," the
ITAR-Tass news agency reported.
The treaty, drafted in 1997 at a U.N. conference in Kyoto, Japan, seeks to
reduce emissions of carbon dioxide and other gases that are widely seen as a key
factor behind global warming.
WASHINGTON
House rejects Bush's gay marriage ban
The Republican-controlled House emphatically defeated a constitutional
amendment banning gay marriage yesterday, the latest in a string of conserva-
tive pet causes pushed to a vote by GOP leaders in the run-up to Election Day.
The vote was 227 to 186, far short of the two-thirds needed for approval on a
measure that President Bush backed but the Senate had previously rejected.
"God created Adam and Eve, He didn't create Adam and Steve," said Rep.
Roscoe Bartlett (R-Md.) on behalf of a measure that supporters said was designed
to protect an institution as old as civilization itself. President Bush earlier this
year asked Congress to vote on the amendment, and Democrats contended that
in complying, Republicans were motivated by election-year politics.
Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland, the Democratic whip, accused GOP lead-
ers of "raw political cynicism" and said they hoped to "create the fodder for a
demagogic political ad."
SCH EVENINGEN, Netherlands
U.S., EU agree to improve intelligence flows
Attorney General John Ashcroft and EU justice officials agreed yesterday to
improve the trans-Atlantic flow of intelligence to help track down terrorists and
prevent attacks.
Among new measures agreed during several hours of meetings here was the
exchange of liaison intelligence officers between the continents.
The United States will send an agent from the FBI to the European police agen-
cy Europol in The Hague, Netherlands, and the EU will post two agents in Wash-
ington, said Antonio Vitorino, the EU justice and home affairs commissioner.
The discussions came at the start of two days of talks between EU justice
and internal affairs ministers in the Netherlands, which currently holds the EU
presidency.
MINNEAPOLIS
General Mills switching to healthier cereal
General Mills is converting all of its breakfast cereals to whole grain, mak-
ing it the latest food company to undergo a nutritional makeover amid calls by
government and consumer groups for healthier eating.
The move announced yesterday by the nation's second-largest cereal maker affects
29 cereals, including such popular brands as Trix, Golden Grahams, Lucky Charms
and Rice Chex. The new recipes and packaging will be launched this month.
Several of the company's brands, including Cheerios, Wheaties, Total and
Wheat Chex, are already whole grain. General Mills officials said the switch is
designed to make it easier for consumers to eat healthy food and it had exten-
sively tested the new recipes on panels of consumers.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports
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