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U.S. tightens re-entry rules
WASHINGTON (AP) - Americans will need
passports to re-enter the United States from Canada,
Mexico, Panama and Bermuda by 2008, a measure
that is part of a tightening of U.S. border controls in
an era of terrorist threat, three administration offi-
cials said yesterday.
Similarly, Canadians will also have to present a
passport to enter the United States, the officials said.
Asked about the changes in an Associated Press
interview, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said
the United States had to take every precaution to
screen out "people who want to come in to hurt us."
Rice also said the changes were made after consul-
tation with Mexico, Canada and others in the West-
The announcement, expected later yesterday at
the State Department, will specify that a passport or
another valid travel document will have to be shown
by U.S. citizens, the officials said.
These include a document called Sentri that is
used for Mexico travel or a Nexus for Canada travel.
Until now, Americans returning home from Can-
ada have needed only to show a driver's license or
other government-issued photo identification card.
Americans returning from Mexico, Panama or
Bermuda currently need only a government-issued
photo identification card plus proof of U.S. citizen-
ship like an original birth or naturalization certifi-
cate, according to the State Department's website.
The new rules, to be phased in by Jan. 1, 2008,
were called for in intelligence legislation approved
last year by Congress.
Safeguarding U.S. borders is a top concern of U.S.
intelligence and security officials.
The concern increased after the Sept. 11, 2001, ter-
ror attacks on the World Trade Center in New York
and on the Pentagon.
The travel industry has raised concerns that the
changes might hamper tourism, one official said.
The announcement follows a three-way summit
A motorist displays an American flag while waiting in a traffic backup to cross the border into the United
States near Blaine, Wash. Tourism officials in Washington state said they are concerned that rules requir-
ing Americans to have passports to re-enter the United States from Canada will be bad for business.
last month that President Bush held with Prime Min-
ister Paul Martin of Canada and President Vicente
Fox of Mexico.
Speaking at Baylor University at Waco, Texas,
Bush said border controls with Mexico had to be
tightened to make sure that terrorists, drug run-
ners, gun runners and smugglers do not enter the
Besides a passport, re-entering Americans could
use another approved travel document like frequent
travel cards, which are issued to some people who
travel often between the United States and Mexico.
These cards typically are used to avoid long border-
In most cases, only passports will do, another U.S.
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Settlers prepare to move from Gaza
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and settler leaders worked yesterday to
hammer out a compromise that would move thousands of Gaza settlers en masse
to an area on Israel's Mediterranean coast, even before the country's withdrawal
from the Gaza Strip in the summer.
The tense and deeply emotional meeting was the first concrete sign that
many settlers were willing to cooperate with the pullout and abandon threats
of violent resistance.
"We understand that there is no choice. We are one people, we want to remain
one people, so that's why we met with the prime minister," said Eliezer Yaakov, a
representative of the Gan Or settlement at the two-hour meeting.
The settlers have vigorously opposed Sharon's "disengagement" plan, holding-
huge rallies, plastering the country with protest slogans, pushing for a national
referendum to delay the pullout, and encouraging their allies in parliament to try
to bring down the government.
Cardinals prepare to select the new pope
The College of Cardinals met yesterday for a second day to prepare for the elec-
tion of Pope John Paul II's successor, which will be announced by a ringing of bells
in addition to the centuries-old practice of sending up puffs of white smoke.
Tens of thousands of mourners continued to stream past the pontiff's crimson-
robed body in St. Peter's Basilica, where it has lain in state since Monday, and an
estimated 2 million Poles were expected to travel to Rome for Friday's funeral.
Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls said the cardinals had not yet decided
on a date for the conclave, which according to church law must occur between 15
and 20 days after the death of a pope.
The cardinals have not yet read John Paul's spiritual testament, he said. They
spent yesterday continuing to work out details of the funeral, in which John Paul
will be laid to rest with regal pageantry near the tomb that is traditionally believed
to be that of the first pope, St. Peter.
British PM Blair calls national elections
Prime Minister Tony Blair yesterday called national elections on May 5, triggering
an eight-week campaign that will test a volatile electorate's judgment of the Iraq war.
Despite lingering anger over the U.S.-led invasion, Blair's governing Labour Party
is widely expected to win a third term in office, bolstered by a strong economy.
"We are proud of what we have achieved in the last eight years," Blair said after
asking Queen Elizabeth I's permission to dissolve Parliament.
"It's a big choice and there's a lot at stake," he added, standing on the steps of
his Downing Street office. "The British people are the boss, and they are the ones
who will make it."
Several opinion polls published yesterday showed Labour giving ground slightly
to the main opposition Conservative Party, although still holding a lead of between
2 and 5 percentage points.
Given the margin of error, the parties were virtually neck and neck. Analysts
say, however, that the Conservatives would need a lead of several points to win the
election due to an uneven spread of constituencies across Britain's electoral map.
FBI asks Congress to strengthen PATRIOT Act
The Bush administration's two top law enforcement officials yesterday urged
Congress to renew every provision of the anti-terror USA PATRIOT Act. FBI
Director Robert Mueller also asked lawmakers to expand the bureau's ability to
obtain records without first asking a judge.
"Now is not the time for us to be engaging in unilateral disarmament"
on the legal weapons now available for fighting terrorism, Attorney General
Alberto Gonzales said. He said that some of the most controversial provisions
of the PATRIOT Act have proven invaluable in fighting terrorism and aiding
"It's important that these authorities remain available," Gonzales told the Sen-
ate Judiciary Committee.
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Jennings diagnosed with lung cancer
NEW YORK (AP) - Peter Jen-
nings revealed yesterday that he is
suffering from lung cancer and plans
to continue on "World News Tonight"
as possible after beginning chemo-
therapy next week.
Jennings, ABC's chief anchorman
since 1983, was replaced by Eliza-
beth Vargas on yesterday but taped
a message telling viewers about his
"I will continue to do the broadcast,"
he said. "On good days, my voice will
not always be like this. Certainly, it's
been a long time. And I hope it goes
without saying that a journalist who
doesn't value - deeply - the audi-
ence's loyalty should be in another line
A former smoker who quit 20 years
ago, Jennings resumed smoking brief-
ly after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist
attacks. The 66-year-old anchor was
too ill to work Saturday during the
network's special report on Pope John
Paul II's death. He has not been feel-
ing well the past few months, and did
not travel under doctor's orders after
December's tsunami because of what
was described then as an upper respi-
ratory infection. He did go to Iraq in
January for the elections.
Jennings said he was surprised
at how fast the news traveled and at
the kindness he had received from so
"Finally," he said, "I wonder if
other men and women ask their doc-
tors right away: OK, doc, when does
the hair go?
Lung cancer is the leading cancer
David Johnson, chief of oncology and
hematology at the Vanderbilt Univer-
sity School of Medicine.
"I think it sets the right example,"
Johnson said. "I think it says you
shouldn't stop your life if you have
cancer. It may take your life, but you
shouldn't let it control your life."
There are effective ways to treat
lung cancer, but its mortality rate is so
high because so many patients aren't
diagnosed until thei disease is in an
advanced stage, Connery said.
Charles Gibson, Vargas and others
will substitute for Jennings from time to
time, said A BC News President David
Westin. Gibson is in Rome for cover-
age of the pope's funeral, an assign-
ment that Jennings, a former Rome and
London correspondent for ABC News,
normally would have taken.
"He's already bringing to this new
challenge the courage and strength
we've seen so often in his reporting
from the field and in anchoring ABC
News," Westin told ABC staffers. "I
know that all of us will give him
every bit of support that he needs
and asks for."
Jennings is the last of the anchor
troika that dominated broadcast net-
work news divisions over the last two
decades. NBC's Tom Brokaw stepped
down last year and CBS' Dan Rather
left last month.
"Peter is an old friend," Brokaw
said Tuesday. "I'm heartbroken, but
he's also a tough guy. I'm counting
on him getting through this very dif-
While still in his 20s, Jennings
anchored ABC's evening news for two
years in the 1960s. He returned to the
desk in 1978 when third-place ABC
tried a multi-anchor format, which
was abandoned in 1983 when Frank
Reynolds died from cancer. Jennings
has been ABC's sole evening anchor
A Canadian who proudly became a
U.S. citizen in 2003, the urbane Jen-
nings dominated the ratings from the
late 1980s to the mid-'90s, when Bro-
kaw surpassed him.
ABC News anchor Peter Jennings, who revealed he has lung cancer,
plans to continue on "World News Tonight" for as long as he can after
beginning chemotherapy next week.
killer in the United States, and roughly
four out of five people diagnosed with
the disease die within five years, said
Dr. Cliff Connery, chief of thoracic
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