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confesses on TV
Wife of suicide bomber
carried explosives that
failed to detonate
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) - The Iraqi
wife of a suicide bomber made a chilling
confession on Jordanian state TV yester-
day, saying she also tried to blow herself
up during a hotel wedding reception last
week but the explosives concealed under
her denim dress failed to detonate.
Sajida Mubarak Atrous al-Rishawi,
35, made her statement hours after being
arrested by authorities tipped off by an
al-Qaida in Iraq claim that a husband-and-
wife team participated in last Wednesday's
bombings at three U.S.-based hotels. The
attackers killed 57 other people at the
Radisson SAS, Grand Hyatt and Days Inn
Al-Rishawi's brother was once the right-
hand man to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the
Jordanian leader of al-Qaida in Iraq, said
deputy premier Marwan Muasher. He said
the brother, Mubarak Atrous al-Rishawi,
was killed in the former terrorist strong-
hold of Fallujah, Iraq.
Officials believe al-Rishawi, who
entered Jordan from Iraq on Nov. 5, may
provide significant information about the
operations of al-Zarqawi's group, which
claimed responsibility for the hotel bomb-
ings, Jordan's deadliest terrorist attacks.
The group said the attacks were retaliation
for Jordan supporting the United States
and other Western powers.
Al-Rishawi was shown on state televi-
sion wearing a white head scarf, a but-
toned, body-length dark denim dress, and
belts packed with TNT and ball bearings.
Muasher told CNN the belts were captured
AI-Rishawi said she and her husband,
Ali Hussein Ali al-Shamari, 35, were
wearing explosive-laden belts when they
strolled into a Radisson ballroom where
hundreds of guests, including children,
were attending a Jordanian-Palestinian
"My husband wore a belt and put one on
me. He taught me how to use it, how to pull
the (primer cord) and operate it," she said,
wringing her hands.
"My husband detonated (his bomb). I
tried to explode (my belt) but it wouldn't. I
left, people fled running and I left running
Muasher said al-Rishawi's husband
noticed her struggle and pushed her out of
the ballroom in order not to attract atten-
tion before blowing himself up.
After a second showing of the tape, a TV
announcer cited security officials as saying
the woman gave no further details because
"she was still suffering from the shock of
the blasts and her subsequent arrest."
Al-Rishawi was arrested yesterday
morning at a "safe house" in the same
Amman suburb where her husband and
Rioting in France winding down
France's worst rioting since the 1960s seems to be nearing an end, the nation-
al police chief said yesterday as fewer cars were torched nationwide and Pais
remained calm despite Internet and cell phone messages urging violence in the
In scattered attacks, youths rammed a burning car into a center for retirees in
Provence and pelted police with stones in the historic heart of Lyon, the country's
third biggest city. A firebomb was tossed at a Lyon mosque but did not explode.
The nationwide storm of arson attacks, rioting and other violence, often by
young people from impoverished minorities, has lost steam since the government
declared a state of emergency Wednesday.
Youths set fire to 374 parked vehicles before dawn yesterday, compared to 592
the previous night, police said. A week ago, 1,400 cars were incinerated in a single
If the downward trend continues, "things could return to normal very quickly,"
National Police Chief Michel Gaudin said, noting that French youths burn about
100 cars on an average Saturday night.
Saddam trial will continue on schedule *
Saddam Hussein's trial will resume on schedule despite the slaying of two defense
lawyers and the threat by others to boycott the proceedings over an alleged lack rof
security, a senior Iraqi judicial official said yesterday.
The court is ready to appoint a new team if defense lawyers fail to appear, added
Raid Juhi, a judge on the special tribunal trying the former dictator and others.
Saddam's team said in a statement earlier in the day that about 1,100 Iraqi lawyers
had withdrawn from the defense, arguing that inadequate protection was evident after
the killings of two attorneys who were defending co-defendants of the ousted leader.
The statement did not say if those lawyers included Saddam's chief Iraqi attorney,
Khalil al-Dulaimi, but it said other team members continued their duties "under com-
plex and dangerous circumstances." Al-Dulaimi suggested last week that defense law-
yers would not show up for the next session Nov. 28.
The attorneys who withdrew were among some 1,500 enlisted to help Sadda's
defense, mostly researching legal precedents, preparing briefs and performing
other tasks outside the courtroom, said Jordanian lawyer Ziad al-Khasawneh.
Former President Bill Clinton talks to media while next to his wife, U.S. Sen.
Hillary Clinton, as they visit the damage of the Radisson SAS hotel, one of the
three hotels bombed last Wednesday, in Amman Jordan.
the other two bombers rented a furnished
apartment, a top Jordanian security official
Jordanian security was tipped off to her
presence by al-Qaida in Iraq's claim of a
female bomber, the official added, speak-
ing on condition of anonymity because he
was not authorized to speak to journalists.
The group apparently assumed she was
killed in the blasts.
"There were leads that more people had
been involved, but it was not clear that it
was a woman and we had no idea on her
nationality," the official said.
AI-Rishawi, who is from the volatile
Anbar province town of Ramadi, west of
Baghdad, said on state TV that she entered
Jordan from Iraq four days before the
attacks with her husband and two other
men using fake passports. She said they
rode across the border in a white car with a
driver and another passenger.
KARNI CROSSING, Gaza Strip
Mideast envoy says time is running out on deal
A top Mideast envoy warned yesterday that time is running out for Israel and
the Palestinians to wrap up a deal on opening the Gaza Strip's border crossings,
saying it would be a "tragedy" if an agreement were not reached soon.
The fate of the border crossings is one of the most important unresolved
issues in the wake of Israel's unilateral withdrawal from Gaza in Septem-
ber. Israel closed Gaza's border with Egypt shortly before the pullout and
has restricted the movement of cargo into Israel, the main market for Pal-
The Palestinians say reopening the crossings is essential to rebuilding Gaza's
shattered economy, especially with the harvest season approaching. Israel first
wants assurances that weapons and militants will not enter Gaza.
Rice rebukes Iranian leader over Israel remarks
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice gave her strongest rebuke yet yesterday t
the renewed hardline Islamic leadership of Iran, saying that "no civilized nation"'
can call for the annihilation of another.
Rice was referring to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's remark last month
that Israel is a "disgraceful blot" that should be "wiped off the map." Her words drew
applause from politicians, diplomats and others gathered for a U.S.-Israeli symposium.
"No civilized nation should have a leader who wishes or hopes or desiresof
considers it a matter of policy to express that ... another country should be pushed
into the sea," Rice said, speaking slowly and sternly. "It is unacceptable in the
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