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Iraqi PM's headquarters bombed NEWS IN BRIEF
HEADLINE FRMAONIH OL
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - A suicide
driver detonated a car bomb outside
the Iraqi prime minister's party head-
quarters in Baghdad yesterday, injuring
at least 10 people. The al-Qaida affili-
ate in Iraq claimed responsibility a day
after its leader declared all-out war on
Mortar rounds slammed into an Iraqi
National Guard camp near Baghdad
International Airport yesterday, as the
rumble of distant explosions reverberated
through the capital. There was no report
of casualties in the mortar attack.
The suicide bomber struck at a police
checkpoint on the road leading to Ayad
Allawi's Iraqi National Accord offices in
central Baghdad, shaking the city center
with a thunderous explosion. Among
the wounded were eight policemen and
two civilians, said Dr. Mudhar Abdul-
Hussein of Yarmouk Hospital.
Al-Qaida's wing in Iraq said in a Web
posting that "one of the young lions in the
suicide regiment" carried out the attack
against the party office of Allawi, "the
agent of the Jews and the Christians."
The attacks occurred six days before
Iraq's crucial national elections, the first
since the fall of Saddam Hussein in
2003. Insurgents have condemned the
elections and vowed to disrupt them.
In an audiotape posted Sunday on
the Web, a speaker claiming to be Abu
Musab al-Zarqawi, head of al-Qaida in
Iraq, declared "fierce war" on democ-
racy and said anyone who takes part in
next weekend's Iraqi elections would be
A Baghdad resident leaves Yarmouk hospital after treatment for Injuries following a car-bomb explosion yesterday. The
bomb injured at least 10 people.
Yushchenko appoints prime minister
Ukraine President Viktor Yushchenko, visiting Moscow on a trip to mend rela-
tions after a bitter election campaign, appointed top ally Yulia Tymoshenko as
prime minister yesterday.
Yushchenko, who was inaugurated Sunday, initially said he would need more con-
sultations before nominating a prime minister. His hesitation seemed to be aimed at
avoiding a provocative decision just before his Moscow trip.
After arriving in the Russian capital, Yushchenko's office said he had nomi-
nated Tymoshenko, 44, who is widely disliked by the Kremlin. Moscow support-
ed Yushchenko's opponent in the presidential campaign, former Prime Minister
Tymoshenko, a firebrand opposition leader, was a key driving force behind a wave of
opposition protests dubbed the "Orange Revolution" that paved the way for Yushchen-
ko's victory in a fiercely contested presidential race that took two elections to settle.
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia
Two earthquakes rattle nerves in Asia
Tsunami survivors in Indonesia's shattered Aceh province have left relief
camps by the tens of thousands in recent days to move in with relatives, a U.N.
official said yesterday, as the government and separatist rebels tried to turn the
disaster into a chance for peace.
Elsewhere in Indonesia, a powerful earthquake sent thousands of people
scrambling for higher ground, fearful it would trigger a tsunami like the one
that killed at least 157,000 in the Indian Ocean region last month, most in Aceh.
Officials said there was no danger of killer waves.
Joel Boutroue, the head of the U.N. relief effort in Sumatra island's Aceh prov-
ince, said the number of relief camps has dropped by about 75 percent in the past
week, from 385 to less than 100. The number of people in any one camp ranges
from a few hundred to about 2,000.
The "dramatic decrease" is good news because relief settlements can make
survivors too dependent on outside help, keeping them from rebuilding their
lives, Boutroue said.
Court rejects appeal on behalf of Fla. woman
The Supreme Court refused yesterday to reinstate a Florida law passed to
keep a severely brain-damaged woman hooked to a feeding tube, clearing
the way for it to be removed. How soon that would happen, however, was
The Florida Supreme Court had struck down the law last fall, and the
justices were the last hope for state leaders who defended the law in a bitter,
long-running dispute over the fate of Terri Schiavo.
Her husband, Michael Schiavo, contends she never wanted to be kept
alive artificially. But her parents told justices in a filing that their son-in-
law is trying to rush her death so he can inherit her estate and be free to
marry another woman.
High court broadens police search authority
The Supreme Court ruled yesterday that police can have dogs check out
motorists' vehicles for drugs even if officers have no particular reason to
suspect illegal activity.
The 6-2 opinion, written by Justice John Paul Stevens, stipulates police dogs
may sniff only the outside of a car after a motorist is lawfully stopped for a traffic
violation, such as speeding or failing to stop at a stop sign.
But privacy rights advocates said the ruling would lead to far more traffic stops
as a way to find drugs. They also warned that the decision could open the door to
more expansive searches.
considered "an infidel."
"We have declared a fierce war on
this evil principle of democracy and
those who follow this wrong ideology,"
the speaker said. "Anyone who tries to
help set up this system is part of it."
The speaker warned Iraqis to be care-
ful of "the enemy's plan to implement
so-called democracy in your country."
He said the Americans have engineered
the election to install Shiite Muslims in
power. Al-Zarqawi, who is a Sunni Arab
like most of the insurgents here, has in
the past branded Shiites as heretics.
The United States has offered a $25
million reward for al-Zarqawi's capture
or death - the same amount as for al-
Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.
uan amo suspects tried mass hanging
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -
Twenty-three terror suspects tried to
hang or strangle themselves at the U.S.
military base in Guantanamo Bay dur-
ing a mass protest in 2003, the military
The incidents came during the same
year the camp suffered a rash of sui-
cide attempts after Maj. Gen. Geoffrey
Miller took command of the prison
with a mandate to get more informa-
tion from prisoners accused of links to
al-Qaida or the ousted Afghan Taliban
regime that sheltered it.
Between Aug. 18 and Aug. 26, the
23 detainees tried to hang or strangle
themselves with pieces of clothing and
other items in their cells, demonstrat-
ing "self-injurious behavior," the U.S.
Southern Command in Miami said
in a statement. Ten detainees made a
mass attempt on Aug. 22 alone.
U.S. Southern Command described
it as "a coordinated effort to disrupt
camp operations and challenge a new
group of security guards from the
just-completed unit rotation."
Guantanamo officials classified
two of the incidents as attempted sui-
cides and informed reporters.
They did not previously release
information about the mass hangings
and stranglings during that period.
Those incidents were mentioned
casually during a visit earlier this
month by three journalists, but offi-
cials then immediately denied there
had been a mass suicide attempt. Fur-
ther attempts to get details brought a
statement Friday night, with some
clarifications provided Monday by
military officials at Guantanamo
Bay and the U.S. Southern Com-
Alistair Hodgett, a spokesman for
Amnesty International's office in
Washington, was critical yesterday of
the delay in reporting the incident.
U.S. Southern Command described it as "a
coordinated effort to disrupt camp operations
and challenge a new group of security guards
from the just-completed unit-rotation."
"When you have suicide attempts
or so-called self-harm incidents, it
shows the type of impact indefinite
detention can have, but it also points
to the extreme measures the Pentagon
is taking to cover up things that have
happened in Guantanamo," he said.
"What we've seen is that it wasn't
simply a rotation of forces but an
attempt to toughen up the interroga-
tion techniques and processes."
Officials said yesterday they dif-
ferentiated between a suicide attempt
in which a detainee could have died
without intervention and a "gesture"
they considered aimed only at get-
Army Gen. Jay Hood, who suc-
ceeded Miller as the detention mis-
sion's commander last year, has said
the number of incidents has decreased
since 2003, when the military set up
a psychiatric ward.
In 2003, there were 350 "self-harm"
incidents, including 120 "hanging
gestures," according to Lt. Col. Leon
Sumpter, a spokesman for the deten-
Last yearthere were 110 self-harm
incidents, he said.
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