2A - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, April 14, 2005
UN approves new NEWS IN BRIEF
nuclear resolution ATLA
UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The these offenses." 1996 Olympic bomber pleads guilty
U.N. General Assembly approved a Russia launched the campaign for Right-wing extremist Eric Rudolph pleaded guilty yesterday to carrying out the
global treaty yesterday aimed at pre- a treaty to combat nuclear terror- deadly bombing at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and three other attacks across the
venting nuclear terrorism by making it ism more than seven years ago, when South, admitting to one of the crimes with a hint of pride in his voice and a wink
a crime for would-be terrorists to pos-
sess or threaten to use nuclear weap-
ons or radioactive material.
A resolution adopted by the 191-
member world body by consensus calls
on all countries to sign and ratify the
"International Convention for the Sup-
pression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism."
The treaty will be opened for signa-
tures on Sept. 14 and must be ratified
by 22 countries to come into force.
"By its action today, the Gen-
eral Assembly has shown that it can,
when it has the political will, play
an important role in the global fight
again terrorism," U.S. deputy ambas-
sador Stuart Hol-
liday told delegates4"The n c
after the vote. "The T e UC<
nuclear terrorism terrorism
it enters into force, conventio
will strengthen the
international legal it enters it
framework to com-
bat terrorism." will Streng
U.N. ambassador the intern
Alexander Konuzin, legal
whose country spon- e
sored the resolution, combat to
hailed its approval.
"It's the first time
that an anti-terrorist-
convention has been U.S. deputy t
developed on the
basis of preventing
- that is not after the fact but before
the terrorist acts which are criminal-
ized by this convention," he said.
The treaty makes it a crime fdr any
person to possess radioactive mate-
rial or a radioactive device with the
intent to cause death or injury, or
damage property or the environment.
It would also be a crime to damage a
Threatening to use radioactive mate-
rial or devices or unlawfully demanding
nuclear material or other radioactive sub-
stances would also be a crime. Accom-
plices and organizers would also be
covered by the convention.
Countries that are parties to the
treaty would be required to make
these acts criminal offenses under
their national laws, "punishable by
appropriate penalties which take
into account the grave nature of
Boris Yeltsin was president. It was
stymied for years because countries
believed the draft convention was try-
ing to define terrorism.
Diplomats said the roadblock was
broken after the drafting committee's
last formal meeting in November,
when the 57-member Organization of
the Islamic Conference decided the
new treaty could focus on criminaliz-
ing specific actions related to nuclear
terrorism as other anti-terrorism trea-
ties have done.
The drafting committee then
quickly agreed on a text on April 1,
leaving the difficult issue of defin-
- Stuart Holliday
ing terrorism to a
new overall con-
vention on ter-
rorism still under
debate. The Gen-
has tried for years
to define terror-
ism, so far unsuc-
of the argument
that one nation's
terrorist can be
tion requires all
states that sign
the treaty to
to make clear
Rudolph, 38, entered his pleas during back-to-back court appearances -- first in
Birmingham, Ala., in the morning, then in Atlanta in the afternoon - after work-
ing out a plea bargain that will spare him from the death penalty. He will get four
consecutive life sentences without parole.
The four blasts killed two people and wounded more than 120 others.
When asked in Atlanta whether he was guilty of all the bombings, Rudolph
politely and calmly responded, "I am."
He offered no apology or explanation in either court appearance, but his lawyers
said he would eventually release a written statement explaining how and why he
committed the crimes.
The bomb that exploded at the Olympics was hidden in a knapsack and sent
nails and screws ripping through a crowd at Centennial Olympic Park during
U.S. CEO abducted; captors release video
An Indiana man, scared and clutching his passport to his chest, was
shown at gunpoint on a videotape aired by Al-Jazeera television yester-
day, two days after he was kidnapped from a water treatment plant near
Baghdad. The station said he pleaded for his life and urged U.S. troops to
withdraw from Iraq.
In LaPorte, Ind., a yellow ribbon was tied around a tree outside Jeffrey Ake's
one-story brick house, and an American flag fluttered on a pole from the home.
The U.S. Embassy said the man on the video appeared to be Ake, a contract worker
who was kidnapped around noon Monday.
The video came on a day of bloody attacks, as insurgents blew up a fuel tanker
in Baghdad, killed 12 policemen in Kirkuk, and drove a car carrying a bomb into
a U.S. convoy, killing five Iraqis and wounding four U.S. contract workers on the
capital's infamous airport road.
Ake - the 47-year-old president and CEO of Equipment Express, a company
that manufacturers bottled water equipment - is the latest of more than 200 for-
eigners seized in Iraq in the past year.
Silicone breast implants may return to market
that acts designed to provoke terror
in the general public or in specific
groups cannot be justified under any
circumstances "by considerations of
a political, philosophical, ideologi-
cal, racial, ethnic, religious or other
In recent speeches and in the U.N.
reform plan he announced last month,
Secretary-General Kofi Annan called
for swift adoption of a global treaty
against nuclear terrorism.
The new convention will be the
13th U.N. treaty to fight terrorism,
and U.N. Undersecretary-General for
Legal Affairs Nicolas Michel said
this means "that now most of the pos-
sible terrorism acts are covered by the
existing legal instruments."
The convention calls for stronger coop-
eration between states on sharing intelli-
gence and on mutual legal assistance.
In a surprising turnaround, federal health advisers yesterday recommended allow-
ing silicone-gel breast implants to return to the U.S. market after a 13-year ban on most
uses of the devices - but only under strict conditions that will limit how easily women
can get them.
Mentor Corp. persuaded advisers to the Food and Drug Administration that its newer
silicone implants are reasonably safe and more durable than older versions. The 7-2 vote
came just one day after a rival manufacturer, Inamed Corp., failed to satisfy lingering
concerns about how often the implants break apart and leak inside women's bodies.
FDA's advisers said yesterday that Mentor had performed more convincing research
that the implants only rarely break shortly after they're inserted - about 1.4 percent
over three years - and showed some evidence that they may last as long as 10 years.
THE STORAGE CHEST
Military may stay in Afghanistan permanantly
President Hamid Karzai said yesterday he is preparing a formal request
to President Bush for a long-term security partnership that could include a
permanent U.S. military presence.
At a joint news conference with U.S. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rums-
feld, Karzai said he had consulted many of his country's citizens in recent
weeks about "a strategic security relationship," with the United States that
could help Afghanistan avoid foreign interference and military conflicts:
"The conclusion we have drawn is that the Afghan people want a long-
term relationship with the United States," Karzai said.
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