2 - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, November 1, 2005
Secunty NEWS IN BRIEF
hHEADLINES FROM AROUND THE WO
UNITED NATIONS (AP) - A
united Security Council warned a defi-
ant Syria yesterday of possible "further
action" if it doesn't cooperate with a
U.N. investigation that has implicated
top Syrian officials in the assassination
of Lebanon's former prime minister.
But the United States, France and
Britain had to drop the explicit threat
of sanctions to win unanimous support
for the resolution at a rare meeting of
the foreign ministers from most of the
council's 15 members.
The three nations stressed they will
press for tough U.N. measures if Syria
does not comply fully with the probe into
the killing of Rafik Hariri and 20 others.
Their original resolution threatening
sanctions had to be watered down to
get all the council members on board.
Russia, China, Brazil and others, par-
ticularly Algeria, the only Arab nation
on the council, strongly opposed putting
sanctions on Syria.
Secretary of State Condoleezza
Rice said the resolution still left Syria
in a corner.
"With our decision today, we show that
Syria has isolated itself from the inter-
national community - through its false
statements, its support for terrorism, its
interference in the affairs of its neighbors
and its destabilizing behavior in the Mid-
dle East," she said. "Now, the Syrian gov-
ernment must make a strategic decision to
fundamentally change its behavior."
The resolution requires Syria to detain
anyone considered a suspect by U.N.
investigators and let them determine the
location and conditions under which the
individual is questioned. It also would
freeze assets and impose a travel ban on
anyone identified as a suspect.
Those provisions could pose a prob-
lem for Syrian President Bashar Assad
as well as his brother, Maher Assad, and
his brother-in-law, Assef Shawkat, the
chief of military intelligence. The Syr-
ian leader refused a request from chief
investigator Detlev Mehlis to be inter-
viewed, and investigators also want to
question his brother and brother-in-law.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The same
judge, the same prosecutor, the same
defense attorney, the same Republican
complaints of political payback and
the same courtroom strategy. The case
against former House Majority Leader
Tom DeLay is playing out like a rerun of
a Lone Star court drama that unfolded
Back then, it was Republican Sen.
Kay Bailey Hutchison fighting for her
political life against Democratic Dis-
trict Attorney Ronnie Earle. Ultimately,
she was acquitted of misconduct charges
with the help of defense attorney Dick
DeLay, another Texas Republican,
has hired DeGuerin to defend him as
well, andmDeGuerin is employing some
of the same legal and media tactics that
worked last time - accusing the district
attorney of misconduct, branding the
case a political vendetta and demanding
the removal of a Democratic judge for
The parallels between the cases are
"It's like 'Twilight Zone.' You're see-
ing the same pattern," said Brian Berry,
a GOP consultant who was Hutchison's
campaign manager when she first ran
DeLay is under indictment on con-
spiracy and money-laundering charges
for allegedly funneling illegal corporate
contributions to GOP candidates for the
state Legislature. Texas law generally
forbids the use of corporate money for
Hutchison was charged with using
state dollars, employees and comput-
ers for personal and campaign purposes
when she was Texas treasurer in 1991 to
1993. She was also accused of tamper-
ing with state computer records to cover
White House vows to remain silent
The White House yesterday rebuffed calls for a staff shakeup, the firing of Karl
Rove and an apology by President Bush for the role of senior administration offi-
cials in the unmasking of CIA operative Valerie Plame.
Three days after the indictment and resignation of Vice President Dick Cheney's
chief of staff, the administration said it would have to remain silent as long as there
was an investigation of the leak and legal proceeding under way. Bush ignored
reporters' questions during an Oval Office meeting with Italian Premier Silvio
"We don't want to do anything from here that could prejudice the opportunity for
there to be a fair and impartial trial," presidential spokesman Scott McClellan said.
Friday's indictment of I. Lewis Libby and the continuing investigation of Rove
were a blow to Bush's already troubled presidency. The president's approval rating
has tumbled to the lowest point since he took office and Americans are unhappy
about high energy prices, the costly war in Iraq and economic uncertainties.
Republicans and Democrats alike have urged Bush to begin remaking his presi-
dency by bringing in fresh advisers with new energy to replace members of a team
worn down by years of campaigning and governing. But administration officials
said that was not in the works.
CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait
Pretrial investigation opened in fragging case
A pretrial investigation opened yesterday for a U.S. Army sergeant charged with
killing two superior officers in Iraq, with a witness testifying that the defendant
told him he wanted to kill one of the victims.
Staff Sgt. Alberto Martinez, of Troy, N.Y., faces murder charges in the June 7
killing of Capt. Philip Esposito and Lt. Louis Allen in an explosion at Forward
Operating Base Danger, near the central Iraqi city of Tikrit, the hometown of the
deposed Iraqi leader, Saddam Hussein, some 80 miles north of Baghdad.
It is believed to be the first case of an American soldier in Iraq accused of "frag-
ging" his superiors. Fragging is a Vietnam War-era term used to refer to soldiers
killing their superiors.
Beta's wrath leaves thousands in shelters
Thousands of people remained in shelters in Nicaragua and Honduras
yesterday after Hurricane Beta swept across the Central American nations,
flooding rivers, downing trees and destroying houses, churches, medical cen-
ters and schools.
The remnants of Beta drifted over the eastern Pacific yesterday. Forecast-
ers said there was a slight chance the storm could reform over the ocean.
Packing winds up to 105 mph, Beta dumped as much as 15 inches of rain
in Nicaragua and neighboring Honduras, where its outer bands of rain caused
four rivers to overflow, isolated communities and damaged crops.
Report: Flaws in Wal-Mart settlement
There were serious breakdowns in a government settlement with Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
over child labor law violations - including allowing attorneys for the world's largest retailer
to write key parts of the deal, according to a Labor Department inspector general report yes-
terday. The inspector general attributed the problems to inadequate management contrls
As a result, Wal-Mart received "significant concessions" in the $135,540 settlement made
public in February, the report said. Among them: The Labor Department was required to
notify the retail giant 15 days in advance of opening an audit or investigation, something
that's inconsistent with guidelines for the department's Wage and Hour Division.
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