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call off Paris trip
JERUSALEM (AP) - Top Palestin-
ian officials abruptly canceled a trip to
Paris yesterday to check on ailing leader
Yasser Arafat after critical comments
by Arafat's wife, a spokesman said.
Tayeb Abdel Rahim, a senior Arafat
aide, said the critical
comments by Suha "You have
Arafat "don't repre-
sent our people." the size of
Rahim spoke after
Mrs. Arafat lashed conspirac
out at Arafat's lieu- -
tenants in a telephone yOu they
call to the pan-Arab ry y
Al-Jazeera television tobu
station, accusing the Arafat) ali
of traveling to Paris
with plans to bury her
Ahmed Qureia, former Prime Minister
Mahmoud Abbas and Foreign Minister
Nabil Shaath had announced Sunday
that they would travel to Paris to consult
with Arafat's doctors.
Qureia and Abbas - Arafat's deputy
in the Palestine Liberation Organization
-have been working together to run Pal-
estinian affairs in Arafat's absence and to
prevent chaos and violence if the Palestin-
ian leader dies. Qureia has taken on some
of Arafat's executive and security powers,
while Abbas has been chairing meetings
of the PLO's executive body.
Suha Arafat insisted her husband is
"all right" and accused the Palestinian
officials of conspiring to usurp the 75-
year-old leader's power.
Screaming in the phone call to Al-
Jazeera, she said, "a bunch of those
who want to inherit are coming to Paris
tomorrow. ... You have to realize the
size of the con-
to realize spiracy. I tell you
they are trying to
f the bury Abu Ammar
alive," she said,
y. I tell using the name by
which Arafat is
are going widely known.
"He is all right
and he is going
lve "home. God is
ye. great," she added.
- Suha Arafat, Suha Arafat,
Arafat's wife who lives in Paris
and hadsnot seen
her husband for
more than three years, has controlled
the flow of information over his illness
and has kept all but a handful of Pales-
tinians away from his bedside - arous-
ing resentment back home.
She also is widely believed to have
control of vast amounts of PLO money.
"She is not part of the Palestinian
leadership," Arafat security adviser
Jibril Rajoub told Israel's Channel Two
TV on Sunday.
Arafat's illness remained a mystery
Sunday, his fifth day in intensive care
at a French military hospital amid
contradictory reports on whether he
is in a coma.
NEWS IN BRIEF r
BsIE Jy: Ivory CoaBt
Military leaders seek end to protests
Thousands of government loyalists massed outside the home of Ivory Coast's
president yesterday, facing off against French armored vehicles in response to urgent
appeals for a "human shield" around the hard-line leader, amid fears of an overthrow.
French and Ivory Coast military leaders, appearing together on state televi-
sion, appealed for calm following three days of violent protests the Red Cross said
had wounded more than 500 people. Two hospitals reported five dead and 250
wounded in yesterday's clashes alone.
The U.N. Security Council met to consider sanctions and the African Union came
out in support of French and U.N. intervention, isolating President Laurent Gbagbo.
Chaos erupted Saturday when his air force killed nine French peacekeepers
and an American aid worker in an airstrike on Ivory Coast's rebel-held north. The
government later called the bombing a mistake, which France rejected.
Yesterday, French armored vehicles moved in around Gbagbo's home in Ivory
Coast's commercial capital, Abidjan.
"Their presence here is scaring people. They're crying and they think that Pres-
ident Gbagbo is going to be overthrown," presidential spokesman Desire Tagro
told the Associated Press by telephone.
White House vet retained as chief of staff
A child stands next to the makeshift shrine for ailing Palestinian leader
Yasser Arafat in front of the Percy Teaching Hospital in Clamart outside
Iranian hardliners criticize nuclear deal
TEHRAN, Iran - Iran said Mon-
day a preliminary agreement reached
between Iran and the European Union's
three big powers may be finalized soon,
but hard-liners criticized the deal and
called on the government to ignore calls
to keep suspending nuclear activities.
The head of the U.N. nuclear watch-
dog praised the deal as "a step in the right
direction" and said he hoped it would be
finalized in "the next few days."
Mohamed ElBaradei, director of the
Vienna-based International Atomic
Energy Agency, also said he hopes the
agreement will "lead to the desired out-
come" - a suspension of Iran's nuclear
enrichment activities and "open the way
for normalization of Iran's relations
with the international community."
The preliminary agreement worked
out Sunday in Paris with Britain, France
and Germany needs to be approved by
all four countries involved.
If approved, the deal would be a major
breakthrough after months of threats
The hard-line daily Jomhuri-e-Esl-
and negotiations andc
from being taken
before the U.N.
where the United
States has warned it
would seek econom-
ic sanctions unless
Tehran gives up all
activities, a technol-
ogy that can pro-
duce nuclear fuel or
"The trend of
negotiations was a
positive trend," Ira-
nian Foreign Min-
ister Kamal Kharraz
could spare Iran ami denounced the
If approved, the '
deal would be a
of threats and
negotiations and '
could spare Iran
from being taken
before the U.N.
accord on its front
page and urged
the government to
fact that the
not be trusted
has been proven
to all, unfor-
these three traitor
television Monday. "We hope the deal
between Iran and Europeans can be
finalized and create the necessary con-
tries," the daily said.
Iran's top nuclear negotiator, Hosse-
in Mousavian, said Sunday the agree-
ment included the basic viewpoints of
both Iran and the Europeans but didn't
Kharrazi suggested it included
a short-term Iranian suspension of
"Today, the talk is about continu-
ing the suspension for a short period to
build confidence," the minister said.
In Washington, State Department
spokesman Richard Boucher said the
Europeans have not yet provided the
Bush administration with a full readout
of the talks in Tehran. He said the Euro-
peans agree with the United States that
Iran has to suspend fully and immedi-
ately all nuclear weapons activities.
The United States believes that if
Iran does not comply, it should be
referred to the U.N. Security Council
for possible sanctions.
German Foreign Ministry spokes-
woman Antje Leendertse said in Berlin
that the "talks were difficult but useful,
and over the coming days all the partici-
pants will analyze the results."
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL
BASE, Cuba (AP) - A U.S. federal
court halted proceedings ahead of the
military trial of Osama bin Laden's
driver yesterday, saying his status as an
enemy combatant had to be determined
by a competent tribunal.
It was the first time a federal court has
halted proceedings ahead of trials before
U.S. military commissions, which had
been resurrected from World War II, at
the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base.
A U.S. District Court judge in Wash-
ington halted the trial of Salim Ahmed
Hamdan, 34, of Yemen, in a lawsuit
filed by his lawyers.
"Unless and until a competent tri-
bunal determines that petitioner is not
entitled to protections afforded prison-
ers of war under Article 4 of the Geneva
Convention ... of Aug. 12, 1949, he may
not be tried by military commission for
the offenses with which he is charged,"
U.S. District Judge James Robertson
said in his ruling.
The court also ruled that unless the
military commission guidelines are
changed to conform to the Uniform
Code of Military Justice, Hamdan can-
not be tried by the commissions and
must be moved from the pre-commis-
sion wing at the Camp Delta prison
camp to the general population.
Four terror suspects set to go before
the commissions were moved out of sol-
itary cells recently to a pre-commission
wing of Delta.
Hamdan's military-appointed defense
lawyer, Lt. Cmdr. Charlie Swift, also
asked the commission yesterday to rein-
state two members and an alternate who
were dismissed after challenges to their
Beginning to put his team in place for his second term, President Bush decided
to keep Andy Card as White House chief of staff, retaining an unflappable veteran
of the Reagan and first Bush presidencies.
Card's first assignment: help the president reshape the administration for the
term that begins in January, sorting through possible personnel changes.
Bush and Card moved deliberately and privately yesterday, both staying out of
public view after a weekend of brainstorming at the Camp David presidential retreat
in Maryland. At the Pentagon, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said the subject
of his future did not come up in several meetings with Bush since the election.
"Needless to say, either one of us would discuss it with the other before discuss-
ing it with you," Rumsfeld told a roomful of reporters. Rumsfeld aides have said
they expect him to remain in the job for the start of Bush's new term, although
whether he aims to stay the full four years is unclear.
A Treasury Department official in charge of keeping tabs on the nation's
financial markets, including Wall Street, announced that he intends to leave
his post at the end of December.
New pill reduces heart failure deaths in blacks
A two-drug combination pill dramatically reduced deaths among blacks with
heart failure, a landmark finding that is expected to lead to government approval
of the first medication marketed for a specific race.
Black cardiologists hailed this form of racial profiling after years in which minori-
ties got short shrift in medical studies. Others complained that the drug also might helr
whites and should have been tested in them, but wasn't for business reasons.
"At times you can't win," said Augustus Grant, past president of the Associatior
of Black Cardiologists, which supported the study. "Here we have a wonderful trial
that shows a clear result and the issue is raised, 'Why was this trial only done ir
African Americans?' "
MIN NEA POLIS
Survey: Minn. healthiest state, La. in last place
Minnesota is the nation's healthiest state, while Louisiana is the least healthy, a
ranking it has held for 14 of the last 15 years of a national survey, officials said.
The annual report sponsored by the United Health Foundation weighs such fac-
tors as health insurance coverage, heart disease rates, total and infant mortality
rates, the rate of motor vehicle deaths, high school graduation rates, childhood
poverty, and public health spending. "To rank well, you have to demonstrate suc-
cess across the board," said Reed Tuckson, an official with the St. Paul-based
United Health Foundation.
Since the rankings began in 1990, Minnesota has finished first nine out of 15 times,
and never sunk lower than No. 2. Last year, it tied for first with New Hampshire.
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