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Al-Zarqawi claims Mosul slayings NEWS IN BRIEF
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Iraq's most '
feared terror group claimed responsibili-
ty yesterday for slaughtering members of
the Iraqi security forces in Mosul, where
dozens of bodies have been found. The
claim raises fears the terror group has
expanded to the north after the loss of its
purported base in Fallujah.
Meanwhile, insurgents attacked U.S.
and Iraqi targets in Baghdad and in
;Sunni Arab areas.
Iraq's deputy prime minister, Barham ;
'Saleh, said sticking to the Jan. 30 election
timetable would be a challenge, but delay-
ing it would bolster the insurgents' cause.
Two U.S. soldiers were injured in a
baghdad attack, and another Americanh
soldier died in a traffic accident north of
the capital, the military said.
U.S. and Iraqi forces killed 17 sus-
pected insurgents in raids south of the
capital yesterday, Iraqi police said.
Operations there included a dawn
speedboat assault by U.S. Marines and
British and Iraqi troops on suspected
insurgent hideouts along the Euphratesk
River, British media reported.
A statement posted on an Islamist
website in the name of al-Qaida in Iraq,
led by Jordanian terror mastermind Abu
Musab al-Zarqawi, claimed responsi-
bility for killing 17 members of Iraq's
security forces and a Kurdish militia-
lean in Mosul, where insurgents rose up
this month in support of guerrillas fac-
ing a U.S.-led assault in Fallujah. AP PHOTO
The claim could not be indepen- An Iraqi National Guard soldier looks up at a U.S. aircraft Thursday before
dently verified but the style of writing removing the bodies of two men found murdered in Mosul, Iraq.
appeared similar to other statements by - the same amount it is offering for members of its fledgling security forces.
al-Zarqawi's group, which is responsible Osama bin Laden. Separately, al-Zarqawi'sgroupclaimed
for numerous car bombings and behead- At least 50 people have been killed in it detonated a car bomb near a U.S. mili-
ings of foreign hostages in Iraq. Mosul in the past 10 days. Most of the tary convoy in the Hamam al-Alil area,
The United States has offered a $25 victims are believed to have been sup- near Mosul. It said the blast destroyed an
million reward for al-Zarqawi's capture porters of Iraq's interim government or armored vehicle and damaged another.
Although the claims were not verifi-
able, they raised fears that al-Zarqawi's
organization had spread to Mosul, Iraq's
third-largest city, 225 miles north of
Baghdad. At least 43 suspected insur-
gents have been arrested as part of an
ongoing operation to re-establish con-
trol of Mosul, a military statement said.
Al-Zarqawi's group, formerly known
as Tawhid and Jihad, was believed to
have been headquartered in Fallujah,
the Sunni Arab insurgent bastion 40
miles west of Baghdad, before U.S. and
Iraqi forces overran the city this month.
Al-Zarqawi and the city's two major
Iraqi insurgent leaders, Sheik Abdul-
lah al-Janabi and Omar Hadid, appar-
ently escaped the onslaught and remain
at large. Before the assault, U.S. intel-
ligence officers speculated that al-Zar-
qawi would try to relocate to Mosul if
he lost his base in Fallujah.
U.S. and Iraqi officials launched the
offensive against Fallujah in hopes of pac-
ifying Sunni areas north and west of the
capital so elections could be held there on
Jan. 30. Iraqis will select a national assem-
bly in the first vote since Saddam Husse-
in's regime collapsed in April 2003.
However, Sunni clerics have called
for a boycott of the election to protest
the Fallujah assault and the continued
U.S. military presence. Sunni politicians
have called for postponing the ballot for
six months, although the proposal has
been rejected by the government and
influential Shiite clerical leadership.
In Cairo, Egypt, the head of the
Arab League, Amr Moussa, said.Arab
governments wanted to see the Iraqi
leadership take steps toward national
reconciliation before the January bal-
loting "because it is important to have a
Iran pledges no centrifuge testing
Just a day before an international deadline, Iran agreed yesterday not to test any
centrifuges as part of a total suspension of nuclear activities that can yield uranium
for atomic weapons. Diplomats described the about-face as an effort to avoid pos-
sible U.N. sanctions.
Diplomats from the European Union and elsewhere said on condition of ano-
nymity that the International Atomic Energy Agency received a letter from Iran
containing a pledge not to test 20 centrifuges during the freeze it agreed to Nov.
7 during negotiations with Britain, France and Germany, who were working on
behalf of the European Union.
Diplomats accredited to the IAEA said the Europeans were still checking the
offer for loopholes late yesterday and could not conclude that the Iranians had
accepted a full freeze until the contents of the letter to the U.N. nuclear watchdog
agency were analyzed fully.
But the pledge appeared to resolve a dispute that threatened to escalate at today's
IAEA board meeting into consultations on possibly referring Iran to the U.N.
Security Council for defying the board. The Security Council could then impose
sanctions against Iran.
Israel, Palestinians to plan Gaza pullout
Israel is prepared to coordinate its pullout from Gaza with a new Palestin-
ian government, officials said yesterday, a shift from Prime Minister Ariel Sha-
ron's concept of "unilateral disengagement" and a sign that cooperation may be
restored in the post-Arafat era.
Security forces already are quietly cooperating with each other, Israeli officials
said. One went so far as to say, "It's back to business."
However, Palestinian and Israeli security sources said beyond routine contacts
at field commander level, which have been maintained despite the violence, no
coordination is underway.
Since Arafat's death on Nov. 11, both sides have been projecting positive
signals about cooperation for Palestinian elections on Jan. 9 and resumption
of peace talks. Israel boycotted Arafat, charging he was involved in terror-
ism, and no significant contacts between the two sides have taken place for
more than a year.
Now, the Israelis are promoting the idea that with Arafat gone, things
Ukraine presidential turmoil gets worse
The crisis over Ukraine's disputed presidential election intensified yesterday,
as a key eastern province called a referendum on autonomy and the opposition
demanded the current president fire his prime minister, the official winner of last
week's vote that has bitterly divided this former Soviet republic.
The opposition warned President Leonid Kuchma it would block his move-
ments unless he fired Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych and fulfilled other
demands within 24 hours.
Earlier, Kuchma called on the opposition to end its four-day blockade of government
buildings, saying compromise was the only solution to the crisis that has developed into
a tense political tug-of-war between the West and Moscow over Ukraine's future.
On Saturday, Ukraine's parliament declared the election invalid amid international
calls for a new vote, and lawmakers also passed a vote of no confidence in the Central
Elections Commission, which declared Moscow-backed Yanukovych the winner.
Americans support Supreme Court age limts
Six in 10 Americans say there should be a mandatory retirement age for Supreme
Court justices, according to an Associated Press poll.
The survey found public support for an idea that has arisen periodically in Con-
gress without ever making headway.
Only one of the nine current justices is younger than 65. Chief Justice William
Rehnquist, 80, appointed to the court by President Nixon, has thyroid cancer. In
the survey, people were asked if they could identify what job Rehnquist held, and
59 percent did not know. --
The appointment of justices without term limits or a mandatory retirement age
has historically helped to insulate the court from politics, said Dennis Hutchinson,
a Supreme Court expert from the University of Chicago Law School.
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Mine blast leaves heavy casualties
BEIJING (AP) - An explosion tore through a coal mine
in central China yesterday, killing at least 25 miners and trap-
ping 141 others in tunnels and shafts below without communi-
cation, the government said.
Some 127 workers managed to escape the state-owned
mine, the Xinhua News Agency said, citing the State Bureau
of Production Safety. Some 45 were hospitalized, five with
serious injuries, Xinhua said.
The blast rocked Chenjiashan coal mine in Shaanxi province
at 7:20 a.m., when 293 workers were underground, the official
Xinhua News Agency said. The explosion was centered around
coal pits five miles from the mine entrance, it said.
Most of the miners who escaped were working close to the
entrance, Xinhua said, and many suffered from carbon mon-
oxide poisoning. High levels of carbon monoxide were pre-
venting rescuers from reaching parts of the tunnels.
Witnesses said they saw "huge amounts of thick smoke
pouring from the mine's ventilation vents," hampering rescue
efforts, according to the website of the Communist Party's
People's Daily newspaper.
Staff at Chenjiashan said communication with the trapped
AP PHOTO miners was cut off, the site said.
On its evening newscast, state television showed ambu-
re lances rushing to the scene as huge crowds of people gathered
outside the mine's main gate.
Workers carry a .stranded miner on a stretcher out of the Chenjiashan coal mine in
"Yongchuan, northwest China's Shaanxi Province yesterday. At least 170 workers we
trapped yesterday after an explosion tore through the mine.
Leaders ponder global warming's future EC4
The Associated Press
The ice is melting and the heat is
on for international delegates assem-
bling in Buenos Aires next week to
find new ways to confront global
warming under the 194-nation treaty
on climate change.
The treaty's Kyoto Protocol, requir-
ing initial cuts in "greenhouse gas"
emissions by 2012, finally comes into
force in February, seven years after it
was negotiated. Next, European govern-
ments want the annual treaty conference
- Dec. 6 to 17 in the Argentine capital
- to get down to talks on steps beyond
2012 to limit heat-trapping gases in the
"We are, in fact, only at the begin-
ning of what we need to do," Margot
Wallstrom, the European Union's out-
going environment chief, recently told
European Parliament members.
But the U.S. government, which
rejects Kyoto and its mandatory con-
trols, balks at that idea.
"We think it's premature to be dis-
cussing post-Kyoto 2012 arrangements,"
Paula Dobriansky, the undersecretary of
state who will head the U.S. delegation,
said in an interview.
Instead, she said, she will use the con-
ference to spotlight Bush administration
efforts to develop cleaner energy tech-
nologies and ways to capture and safely
store carbon dioxide, the most common
"Developing countries don't have
capacity to deal with climate-related
risk," Waller-Hunter said. They're seek-
ing more technical and financial help to
predict and cope with changed climates.
The focus on adaptation also suggests
that warming is having an impact soon-
er than many anticipated.
A Nov. 8 report by the intergovernmen-
tal Arctic Council, based on a four-year
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study by 300 scien-
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in the Arctic have
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7 degrees rFahrenheit
in the past 50 years.
ing, buckling roads.
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Sea ice is shrinking.
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animals are threat-
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