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Minister arrested for
attempting to bring
Easter communion
to Terri Schiavo
- With their hopes of a miracle fad-
ing and other options exhausted, Terri
Schiavo's parents and siblings appeared
quietly resigned yesterday and asked
protesters to spend Easter with their
families as the severely brain-damaged
woman spent a ninth day without food
and water.
Those outside the hospice where
Terri Schiavo is being cared for were
not as calm, with the first of what would
be four morning arrests coming as min-
isters attempted to bring Schiavo Easter
communion. About a half-dozen people
in wheelchairs later got out of them and
lay in the driveway, shouting "We're not
dead yet!"
Police protecting the hospice were
loudly heckled, prompting Schiavo's
brother, Bobby Schindler, to come out
and ask the protesters to tone down
their behavior.
"We are not going to solve the prob-
lem today by getting arrested," he told
the restless crowd of about three dozen
people. "We can change laws, but we
are not going to change them today....
You are not speaking for our family."
A spokesman for the Schindlers
denied a report from David Gibbs III,
their lead lawyer, who told CBS's "Face
the Nation" yesterday that Schiavo has
"passed where physically she would be
able to recover."
That statement "was not made
with the family's knowledge. In the
family's opinion, that is absolutely
not true," family spokesman Randall

Pastor Rick Barnard of Morris, III., was arrested yesterday outside the hospice where Terri Schiavo resides.

Terry told reporters.
George Felos, an attorney for her
husband Michael, did not return a call
for comment.
The two sides, who have battled for
years over whether the 41-year-old
wanted to live or die, have given differ-
ing opinions of her status. Her parents
have said she is declining rapidly and
in her last hours; Felos argued Saturday
that her condition is not yet that grave.
Doctors have said Terri Schiavo
would probably die within a week or

two of the tube being removed March
18. She relied on the tube for 15 years
after suffering catastrophic brain dam-
age when her heart stopped beating and
oxygen was cut off to her brain.
Schiavo's parents, Bob and Mary
Schindler, have maintained their daugh-
ter is not in a persistent vegetative state
as court-ordered doctors have deter-
mined. Michael Schiavo has said his
wife told him that she would not want to
be kept alive artificially.
The Schindlers said they would stop

asking courts to intervene after the
Florida Supreme Court rejected their
most recent appeal Saturday. The par-
ents were rebuffed repeatedly by federal
courts after Congress passed an extraor-
dinary law last weekend allowing the
case to be heard by federal judges.
About three dozen protesters stayed
at the hospice yesterday after the
Schindlers asked them to spend Eas-
ter Sunday with their families. Bob
Schindler told reporters the protesters
were welcome back today.

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BISHEK, Kyrgyzstan
Power struggle continues in Bishek
Kyrgyzstan's political uncertainties intensified yesterday in a struggle between rival
parliaments, and the head law enforcement official, appointed by one parliament unex-
pectedly declared the other legislature as the legitimate lawmaking body.
Although police backed by civilian volunteers solidified control of the capital after
several nights of looting and gunfire, the dispute between the parliaments raised
troubling questions for the impoverished country's 5 million people about whether
Kyrgyzstan's interim leaders could overcome deep disputes and bring the country a
measure of stability.
The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, of which Kyrgyzstan is
a member, is sending legal experts in an attempt to unravel the conflict between the
parliaments. "We think the need for them is urgent," said envoy Alojz Peterle, who
assessed the dispute as "very, very sensitive."
Since President Askar Akayev was ousted by demonstrators who stormed his offices
on Thursday, there has been little indication that his backers aim for a comeback. About
150 people blocked a highway yesterday in support of Akayev, who has fled to Russia,
but dispersed peacefully.
Iraqis debate role of clergy in government
Debate raged yesterday about religion's place in Iraq's much-anticipated new
government as lawmakers were summoned to their second session.
Supporters of interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi criticized the involvement
of the religious authority in politics, while Abdel-Aziz al-Hakim, leader of the
Shiite-led United Iraqi Alliance, defended the role of the clergy.
"As long as we're alive and as long as Iraq and the believers are there, we will
continue to work according to the directions and the advice of the religious author-
ity," al-Hakim told the U.S.-funded Alhurra TV station, according to a transcript
provided by his office. "The religious authority does not want to intervene in the
details. It just gives direction when it thinks it will be beneficial," he added.
Secular-minded politicians have expressed concern about the influence of
religion in the National Assembly in which the Shiite-led United Iraqi Alliance
holds 140 of the 275 seats.
In a letter to the alliance, politicians who ran under an Allawi coalition warned
that allowing religion to play a greater role in Iraq's government could "lead to
instability in the relations between political forces in the Iraqi arena."
Abbas criticizes U.S. for su port of settlements
The Palestinian leader criticized Israel an, indirectly, the United States over
Jewish settlements yesterday, and Israel's defense minister warned he would send
troops into Gaza to seize Palestinian anti-aircraft missiles - the latest threats to
efforts to expand a truce into lasting peace.
Incensed over a repeat of U.S. support for Israel retaining main settlement blocs
in the West Bank in a peace deal, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas did not name
the United States, but his target was clear.
"Any talk of settlements that is not a discussion of stopping them is unaccept-
able," Abbas said. "Here I'm talking about the discussions of annexing settlement
blocs. This is unacceptable because this affects final status issues."
Pope greets Easter crowd but is unable to speak
Pope John Paul II delivered an Easter Sunday blessing to tens of thousands of people
in St. Peter's Square, but the ailing pontiff was unable to speak and managed only to
greet the saddened crowd with a sign of the cross, bringing tears to many.
Aides had readied a microphone, and the pope tried to utter a few words from his
studio window overlooking the square. But after making a few sounds, he just blessed
the crowd with his hand and the microphone was taken away.
Vatican watchers had been anxiously awaiting John Paul's appearance for signs of
how the 84-year-old pontiff was faring after Feb. 24 surgery to insert a tube in. his
throat to help him breathe. After the dramatic appearance, many in the crowd cried or
applauded in sad appreciation for John Paul's pained efforts to greet them.
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