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Spain injures 43
MADRID, Spain (AP) - A car
bomb blamed on Basque separatists
exploded in a Madrid office park yes-
terday near where King Juan Carlos
later appeared, injuring at least 43
people in the worst terrorist attack in
the Spanish capital since last year's
bombing of commuter trains.
The bomb exploded at about 9:30
a.m., less than an hour after a warn-
ing call purportedly made by the
Basque separatist group ETA. It shat-
tered thick panes of glass in buildings,
spraying shards over a wide area and
Police did not have time after the call
to the Basque newspaper Gara to fully
cordon off the area or fully evacuate
workers and visitors at the sprawling
convention center nearby, where the
king later met Mexico President Vicen-
te Fox to inaugurate an art show that
includes Mexican works.
The latest bombing came hours
after police arrested 14 suspected
members of ETA and a week after
Spain's Parliament overwhelmingly
rejected a plan giving the Basque
region broad autonomy bordering on
In recent years, police have weak-
ened the separatists with arrests, but the
bombing is a reminder they retain the
ability to use violence.
The bomb detonated near a plaza
with a large bust of the king's late father,
Juan de Borbon, and outside a building
housing the French computer manufac-
The bomb used an estimated 66
pounds of explosives, Interior Minis-
ter Jose Antonio Alonso said. It was
the worst blast in Spain's capital since
the March 11 train bombings that
killed 191 people and were claimed
by militants saying they acted on
behalf of al-Qaida.
A witness identified only as Dan-
iel told CNN television that the bomb
shook his car as he drove about 100
yards away from the blast site.
"It was an extremely powerful explo-
sion," he said.
Another witness, Bull communica-
tion director Manuel Amenteros, told
The Associated Press he was in a first-
floor office about 20 yards from the
bomb when it exploded.
"What saved me from the force of the
blast and from flying glass shards was
my computer," he said.
The injured suffered bruises, cuts
from flying glass and damaged ear-
drums, said Javier Ayuso, spokesman for
the Madrid emergency medical service.
No one was seriously hurt, he said.
Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez
Zapatero denounced the bombing.
Rice: Iran nuclear talks will not last
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice put Iran and Europe on notice yesterday
that their negotiations over Tehran's nuclear program cannot go on forever.
Nearing the end of a fence-mending tour of European allies, Rice said the
United States had set no deadline on the Iran talks, but she also said the Bush
administration had not changed its view that the United Nations should step
in to get tougher on Iran.
In Washington, President Bush said the Iranians needed to know that the free world
was working together to send a clear message: Don't develop a nuclear weapon.
"And the reason we're sending that message is because Iran with a nuclear weap-
on would be a very destabilizing force in the world," Bush said.
"I think the message is there," Rice said at a news conference at NATO head-
quarters. "The Iranians need to get that message," she said, adding that Tehran
should know that "there are other steps" the international community.can take.
Iran says its program is for nuclear power, not weapons. In Tehran, Presi-
dent Mohammad Khatami said yesterday that no Iranian government would
ever abandon the progress the country has made in developing peaceful
Israel to lift restriction in West Bank
Israel has agreed to lift travel restrictions in parts of the West Bank
in coming weeks, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas said yesterday, in
what would be the strongest signal yet to Palestinians that a cease-fire with
Israel is beginning to pay off.
Israel also said it would allow some Palestinian workers to enter Israel from.
Gaza and the West Bank to work.
Abbas made the announcement after returning to the West Bank from a Mideast
summit in Egypt, where he and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon declared ans
end to four years of bloodshed. Freedom of travel would greatly improve the lives
of Palestinians, as the roadblocks have decimated their economy.
Abbas said Israel had assured him that travel bans would soon be eased and'
several major checkpoints will be removed as part of its military withdrawal from
five Palestinian towns in the coming weeks.
"We agreed that they (Israelis) will pull out of five Palestinian ... cities and sur-
rounding areas, and also on the removal of roadblocks, which will be manned by
the Palestinian forces," Abbas said.
Former NBA player's mosque funds terrorists}
A mosque established and funded by basketball star Hakeem Olajuwon gave
more than $80,000 to charities the government later determined to be fronts for
the terror groups al-Qaida and Hamas, according to financial records obtained by
The Associated Press.
Olajuwon told the AP he had not known of any links to terrorism when the dona-
tions were made, prior to the government's crackdown on the groups, and would
not have given the money if he had known.
"There is no way you can go back in time," Olajuwon said in a telephone
interview from Jordan, where he is studying Arabic. "After the fact, now
they have the list of organizations that are banned by the government."
Postal Service unviels new Reagan stamp
President Reagan's famous smile and blue eyes shine from a new postage stampt
issued Wednesday in ceremonies across the country. It's the latest in an already-high
stack of honors bestowed on the former president since his death eight months ago.
"We wanted to produce a stamp that embodied Ronald Reagan's warmth,
personality and humanity," James Miller, chairman of the Postal Service
board of governors, said in prepared remarks. "This stamp captures the
twinkle of his eyes and the charismatic grin that reflected Ronald Reagan's
The official first-day-of-issue site for the commemorative stamp was at the Ron-
ald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley, Calif.
Firemen clear glass from a damaged building after a car bomb explosion In
Election results in Iraq postponed
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Iraqi offi-
cials said yesterday they must recount
votes from about 300 ballot boxes because
of various discrepancies, delaying final
results from the landmark national elec-
tions. Hundreds, perhaps thousands,
of other ballots were declared invalid
because of alleged tampering.
Postelection violence mounted,
raising fears that the Jan. 30 ballot-
ing had done little to ease the coun-
try's grave security crisis.
An American soldier was killed
yesterday and another wounded in an
ambush north of the capital, the U.S.
military said. Two other American
soldiers died earlier in the week, the
command said yesterday.
Gunmen ambushed a convoy of
Kurdish party officials in Baghdad,
killing one and wounding four. And
in the southern city of Basra, gun-
men killed an Iraqi journalist work-
ing for a U.S.-funded TV station
and his 3-year-old son as they left
their home. Officials had promised
final results from the elections by
Thursday, the end of the Iraqi work
week. Yesterday, however, election
commission spokesman Farid Ayar
said the deadline would not be met
because of the recount.
"We don't know when this will
finish," he said. "This will lead to
a little postponement in announcing
No partial tallies have been
released since Monday in the con-
tests for the 275-member National
Assembly, 18 provincial councils
and a regional parliament for the
Kurdish self-governing region in the
The most recent figures showed
a coalition of Kurdish parties in
second place behind a Shiite-domi-
nated ticket endorsed by Iraq's most
revered Shiite cleric, Grand Aya-
tollah Ali al-Sistani. The ticket of
interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi,
a secular Shiite, was a distant third.
Allegations of voting irregulari-
ties, especially around the tense
northern city of Mosul, have com-
plicated the count. Some leading
Sunni Arab and Christian politi-
cians alleged that thousands of their
supporters were denied the right to
Election officials blamed the prob-
lems in the Mosul area on security,
which prevented fewer than a third
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of the planned 330 polling centers
from opening. Gunmen seized some
ballot boxes, officials said.
The commission would not say
how many ballots had been declared
invalid and whether they had come
from the Mosul area, which has
a mostly Sunni Arab population.
Many Sunnis are believed to have
stayed home on election day, either
because they feared insurgent repri-
sals or opposed a ballot as long as
U.S. and other foreign troops were
on Iraqi soil.
Commission official Adel al-
Lami said the ballots in 40 boxes
and 250 bags would not be counted
because they appeared to have been
stuffed inside them or, in some
cases, improperly folded. Some of
the boxes were not those approved
by the commission, and others were
improperly sealed, he said.
The Associated Press
Urging a major shift in U.S. policy,
some health experts are recommending
that virtually all Americans be tested
routinely for the AIDS virus, much as
they are for cancer and other diseases.
Since the early years of the AIDS
epidemic in the 1980s, the government
has recommended screening only in big
cities, where AIDS rates are high, and
among members of high-risk groups,
such as gay men and drug addicts.
Two large, federally funded stud-
ies found that the cost of routinely
testing and treating nearly all adults
would be outweighed by a reduction
in new infections and the opportuni-
ty to start patients on drug cocktails
early, when they work best.
"Given the availability of effective
therapy and preventive measures, it is
possible to improve care and perhaps
influence the course of the epidemic
through widespread, effective and
cost-effective screening," Dr. Sam-
uel A. Bozzette wrote in an edito-
rial accompanying the studies, which
appear in Thursday's New England
Journal of Medicine.
A failure to institute such screen-
ing at doctors' offices and clinics
would be "a critical disservice" to
patients with the AIDS virus and
"the future health of the nation,"
wrote Bozzette, who is from the Uni-
versity of California at San Diego
and the Rand Corp. think tank in
Santa Monica, Calif.
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