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Anti-war sentiments increase in NEWS IN BRIF
Italy with shooting of journalist
Italians demonstrate in
front of U.S. embassy in
Rome, protesting the killing
of an Italian agent
ROME (AP) - Italy demanded answers
Saturday as former hostage Giuliana Sgrena
was taken off a flight from Iraq hooked to
an intravenous drip for a shoulder wound
inflicted when American troops fired on a car
taking her to the Baghdad airport. The Ital-
ian agent who negotiated her freedom was hit
and died in her arms.
The shooting at a U.S. checkpoint in Bagh-
dad stoked anti-war sentiment in Italy, where
the public was widely opposed to the govern-
ment's decision to send 3,000 troops to help
U.S.-led efforts to secure the country from a
violent insurgency. President Bush promised
a full investigation.
About 100 demonstrators outside the U.S.
embassy in Rome blocked traffic and one
banner read: "USA, war criminals." A few
dozen communist demonstrators at the U.S.
Consulate in Milan handed out leaflets read-
ing, "Shame on you, Bush."
Sgrena, a 56-year-old journalist for the
communist newspaper Il Manifesto, was
flown from Baghdad on an Italian govern-
ment plane. She was taken by ambulance to a
military hospital in Rome, a day after under-
going surgery at a U.S. military hospital in
Iraq to remove shrapnel from her shoulder.
Doctors said late Saturday that another opera-
tion was not needed.
From her hospital bed, Sgrena recounted
the ordeal that unfolded shortly after she was
released by insurgents in Iraq after a month
in captivity. She gave no details about the cir-
cumstances surrounding her release.
"We thought the danger was over after my
rescue," she told RAI News 24 television by
telephone. "And instead suddenly there was
this shooting, we were hit by a spray of fire.
I was talking to Nicola ... when he leaned
over me, probably to defend me, and then
he slumped over. That was a truly terrible
Pier Scolari, the journalist's boyfriend, said
she told him: "The most difficult moment was
when I saw the person who had saved me die in
my arms," the ANSA news agency reported.
The slain agent, Nicola Calipari, 50, was
the brother of a priest who serves on a Vatican
advisory body, Vatican radio reported Satur-
day, and Pope John Paul II sent a message of
condolence to the family. The Italian govern-
ment awarded Calipari a medal of valor.
Italy said two other agents were wounded.
One was seriously injured and remained hos-
pitalized in Iraq, while the other returned on
Sgrena's flight, Italian state television said.
Calipari's body was flown back to Italy
late Saturday. His coffin was carried out of
the military plane wrapped in an Italian flag
and blessed by his brother and a military.
Syran troops to begin pullback today
Lebanese officials said Syrian troops will start moving toward eastern Lebanon
today in a pullback that will take two or three days, while Syrians - not unexpectedly
- backed President Bashar Assad's decision and insisted yesterday he was not bow-
ing to international pressure. . .
The withdrawal from central and northern Lebanon toward the Bekaa Valley will
begin right after a meeting in Damascus, Syria, of the presidents of the two countries,
Lebanese Defense Minister Abdul-Rahim Murad told The Associated Press. Assad
and Lebanese President Emile Lahoud will decide on the timetable of the pullback
and repositioning of forces.
"The Syrian withdrawal will begin today directly after the meeting in Damasc*_ of
the Syrian and Lebanese leaderships," Murad said.
Assad told his parliament Saturday that the redeployment of 14,000 Syrian troops
to the Bekaa Valley is the first phase of a two-step pullback, but he left unclear whether
troops eventually would leave Lebanon or remain near the border. He also said nothing
about pulling out intelligence officials, who the United States said also must leave.-
First elected parliment to meet this month
Iraqi politicians set March 16 for the opening of the country's first democratically *
elected parliament in modern history as a deal hardened yesterday to name Jalal Taja-
bani, a leader of the minority Kurds, to the presidency.
The more powerful prime minister's job will go to Ibrahim al-Jaafari, a deeply.don-
servative Shiite who leads the Islamic Dawa party. His nomination, which the Kurds
have agreed to, has been endorsed by the most powerful Shiite cleric in Iraq - Cand
Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani.
"This was one of our firm demands and we agreed on it previously. The agreement
states that Jalal Talabani takes the presidential post and one of the United Iraqi Alli-
ance members takes the prime minister's post," Talabani spokesman Azad Jundiyan
told The Associated Press. He added, however, that the clergy-backed United Iraqi
Alliance also reached a preliminary agreement with the Kurds on their other condi-
tions -including extending their territories to include Kirkuk.
Jundiyan said they wanted the deal on paper before going though with it, while alli-
ance officials, including Ahmad Chalabi, said those negotiations were not over.
Italian journalist Giuliana Sgrena is helped while disembarking from the
plane that took her from Baghdad to Rome Saturday. Sgrena had been
freed in Iraq Friday evening and later was wounded when U.S. troops
fired on the car she was in.
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Coretta Scott King,
wife of Rev. Martin
Luther King Jr., joins
Selma, Ala. (AP) - Aging civil rights-
era figures and a bipartisan congressional
delegation walked across an Alabama
bridge with a throng of thousands yes-
terday to commemorate the 40th anni-
versary of the Selma voting rights march
that opened ballot boxes to blacks across
Among those participating was
Coretta Scott King, whose husband,
the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., led the
historic march in 1965.
"The freedom we won here in Selma
and on the road to Montgomery was
purchased with the precious blood of
many," said King, who crossed the
Edmund Pettus Bridge in a car.
Police estimated the crowd at
Others on hand to, commemorate
the march across the bridge included
singer Harry Belafonte, who also took
part in the demonstration 40 years ago,
the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Senate Majority
Leader Bill Frist and Lynda Johnson
Robb, whose father, President Lyndon
Johnson, signed the Voting Rights Act
into law in 1965.
"President Johnson signed that act, but
it was written by the people of Selma,"
said Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) who was
clubbed on the head during the "Bloody
Sunday" attack on marchers by state
troopers and sheriff's deputies on March
7, 1965. He was among 17 blacks hospi-
talized as that march was turned back.
A second march two weeks later, under
the protection of a federal court order and
led by the Martin Luther King Jr., went 50
miles from the bridge over the Alabama
River to the steps of the state Capitol in
The attack and the march inspired
passage of the Voting Rights Act, which
barred obstacles such as literacy tests that
were set up by segregationists to keep
blacks from registering to vote.
"(The legislators') presence here is a mockery
unless they go home and do the right thing."
- Rev. Joseph Lowery
Southern Christian Leadership Conference head
A -re-enactment of the five-day march
is planned this week, culminating with a
rally at the Capitol on Saturday.
In a service at Brown Chapel, six
blocks from the bridge, Lewis cited
former President Bill Clinton, who
crossed the bridge with Selma march-
ers in 2000, and former Alabama
Gov. Don Siegelman as white politi-
cians who have greeted modern civil
rights concerns with open arms.
"Five years ago, this governor had
all the state troopers line up on that
bridge. Five years ago, state troopers,
black and white, men and women,
stood and saluted us," Lewis said
amid applause for Siegelman.
Certain provisions of the Voting Rights
Act, such as the use of federal examiners
and a requirement for Justice Department
approval of election law changes; will be
up for renewal by Congress in 2007.
The Rev. Joseph Lowery, longtime
head of the Southern Christian Leader-
ship Conference, urged the nearly three
dozen House and Senate members who
participated to renew those portions of
"Their presence here is a mockery
unless they go home and do the right
thing," said Lowery, who also joined
King on the 1965 march.
The crowd on the bridge included
many young people such as Teresa Prevo,
29, of Selma, whose four children came
along for the observance.
Jordan's foreign minister met Israeli leaders yesterday in the first such visit in
more than four years, signifying renewed diplomatic efforts to resolve long-stand-
ing regional conflicts involving Israel, the Palestinians, Syria and Lebanon.
Jordanian Foreign Minister Hani al-Mulqi called for intense peace efforts in
meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, Vice Premier Shimon Peres
and Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom, who left soon after for Washington.
U.S. officials said Sharon would visit the White House next month followingthe
first trip to Washington by Mahmoud Abbas as Palestinian leader - a reflection-of
renewed U.S. involvement in Mideast peacemaking in the post-Yasser Arafat erd.
Also, Israeli officials said Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz will meet Abbas this
week for the first time.
Israel could resume West Bank pullout today
A senior Palestinian commander said yesterday that Israel would begin pulling its
troops out of the West Bank town of Tulkarem tomorrow.
Israeli officials said it was still up to the Palestinians to show they could stop violence
in the West Bank, and government approval remained necessary before troops would
leave Tulkarem. The transfer of five West Bank towns was frozen after a Palestin'ian
suicide bomber killed five Israelis in Tel Aviv on Feb. 25. Contacts resumed yesterday.
The senior Palestinian participant, West Bank commander Hajj Ismail Jabber, told
The Associated Press after meeting Israeli army officers, "It was agreed in principle
that the Israeli army will begin Tuesday withdrawing from Tulkarem and the areas
around the town, and afterward we will discuss the Israeli withdrawal from the otlier
towns in the West Bank."
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