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Kenyans evacuate a building in Nairobi, Kenya yesterday after an earthquake hit the area. A powerful earthquake hit the Lake Tanganyika area of cen-
tral Africa and was felt as far away as the Kenyan coast.
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) - A powerful earth-
quake yesterday toppled dozens of homes and
buried children in rubble in eastern Congo, kill-
ing at least two people in a region already beset
by chronic violence and grinding poverty.
The quake, with a preliminary magnitude of
6.8, struck at 2:20 p.m. (7:20 a.m. EST) and was
centered beneath Lake Tanganyika on the Congo-
Tanzania border, about 600 miles southwest of
Nairobi, Kenya, the U.S. Geological Survey said
on its Web site.
"Dozens of houses have collapsed, several chil-
dren were buried by the roofs of their houses,"
said Jean-Donne Owali, a Congolese humanitari-
an worker in the lakeside city of Kalemie, Congo,
about 35 miles from the epicenter.
Owali said at least two people had died of inju-
ries at his clinic. He said he saw children bleed-
s ailing East Africa
ing from head injuries after their mud-and-thatch
U.N. spokesman Michel Bonnardeaux said a
child was killed in the city when two houses and
a church "crumbled."
Three people. were wounded.
It was not immediately clear if the child was
one of the two people Owali reported killed.
Bonnardeaux said most of the injuries in the
area were from falling zinc and steel roofs.
The desperately poor region also has camps for
tens of thousands of refugees from wars and eco-
nomic collapse in Congo and Burundi.
The quake sent panicked people running from
buildings in Kigoma, the main Tanzanian trans-
port hub on the shores of Lake Tanganyika about
90 miles from the epicenter, said regional com-
missioner Elmon Mahawa. Authorities were
waiting for police stations in remote parts of the
country to report on any casualties.
The USGS said the quake was located about
six miles underground and shook Nairobi and the
Kenyan coastal city of Mombasa.
It was also felt on the shores of Lake Victoria,
Africa's largest lake, and in Tanzanian towns bor-
dering Zambia and Malawi, Tanzania's meteoro-
logical chief Mohamed Mhita said by phone from
the commercial capital of Dar es Salaam.
Henri Burgard, U.N. spokesman in the Con-
golese town of Uvira, said the quake lasted 30
"The buildings shook quite strongly. We have
no reports of deaths so far," he said.
In Bujumbura, the capital of Burundi, an Asso-
ciated Press reporter felt a three-story building
sway in two waves of the quake.
DeLay will not face conspiracy charges
A judge dismissed a conspiracy charge yesterday against Rep. Tom DeLay
(R-Tx.) but refused to throw out the far more serious allegations of money-
laundering, dashing the congressman's hopes for now of reclaiming his post as
House majority leader.
Texas Judge Pat Priest, who is presiding over the case against the Republican,
issued the ruling after a hearing late last month in which DeLay's attorney argued
that the indictment was fatally flawed.
When he was indicted in September, DeLay was required under House rules to
relinquish the leadership post he had held since early 2003. While yesterday's rul-
ing was a partial victory for DeLay, he cannot reclaim his post because he remains
The ruling means the case will move toward a trial next year, though other
defense objections to the indictments remain to be heard by the judge.
Rice defends U.S. ethics in war on terror
Fighting terrorism is "a two-way street" and Europeans are safer for tough but legal
U.S. tactics, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said yesterday in response to an out-
cry among allies about reports of secret CIA prisons and detainee mistreatment.
The top U.S. diplomat went further than others in the Bush administration to
insist that Americans do not practice torture or lesser forms of cruel treatment.
"Our people, wherever they are, are operating under U.S. law and U.S. interna-
tional obligations," Rice said. She said that includes the U.N. Convention Against
Torture, a document the administration has previously said does not fully apply to
Rice delivered the Bush administration's most forceful response to a month of
growing trans-Atlantic acrimony as she prepared to spend the week among critics
in European capitals.
"Some governments choose to cooperate with the United States" in intelligence
and other arenas, Rice said before she left for Europe. "That cooperation is a two-
way street. We share intelligence that has helped protect European countries from
attack, saving European lives."
Witness testifies on Dujail murders, torture
The first witnesses in the Saddam Hussein trial offered chilling accounts yesterday of
killings and torture using electric shocks and a grinder during a 1982 crackdown against
Shiites, as the defiant ex-president threatened the judge and tried to intimidate a survivor
One witness said he saw a machine that "looked like a grinder" with hair and
blood on it in a secret police center in Baghdad where he and others were tortured
for 70 days. He said detainees were kept in "Hall 63."
But defense lawyers questioned the reliability of witnesses who were only 15 and
10 at the time and walked out of the tumultuous session when the judge refused
to allow former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark to address the court on Sad-
dam's behalf. They returned after the judge relented.
High court to hear appeal on insanity defense
How hard can states make it for criminal defendants to prove insanity?
The U.S. Supreme Court, jumping into an issue it avoided for nearly two decades
under the late Chief Justice William Rehnquist, said yesterday it would hear an
appeal filed on behalf of a teenager who apparently thought he was being pursued
by aliens when he killed an Arizona police officer. The justices will take up the
case next spring.
The young man's lawyer, David Goldberg, said in a filing that Arizona lawmak-
ers made their law too restrictive. It allows a defendant to be found "guilty except
insane" and held for mental health treatment, but it restricts what evidence can be
used to prove insanity.
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WASHINGTON (AP) - Time, money
and ever-present terror threats have done
little to close gaping holes in the nation's
security system, the former Sept. 11
Commission said yesterday in accusing
the government of failing to protect the
country against another attack.
The panel cited disjointed airplane
passenger screening methods, pork-bar-
rel security funding and other problems
in saying the Bush administration and
Congress had not moved quickly enough
to enact the majority of its recommenda-
tions of July 2004.
"We're frustrated, all of us - frus-
trated at the lack of urgency in address-
ing these various problems," said
Thomas Kean, a Republican and former
New Jersey governor who was chairman
of the commission.
"We shouldn't need another wake-up
call," Kean said. "We believe that the
terrorists will strike again; so does every
responsible expert that we have talked
to. And if they do, and these reforms
that might have prevented such an attack
have not been implemented, what will
our excuse be?"
Rather than disbanding like most fed-
erally appointed commissions when their
terms expire, Kean and the other nine
commissioners continued their work as a
private entity called the 9/11 Public Dis-
Wrapping up more than three years
of investigations and hearings, the for-
mer commission issued what members
said was their final assessment of the
government's counterterror perfor-
mance as a report card. It gave failing
grades in five areas, and issued only one
"A" - actually an A-minus - for the
Bush administration's efforts to curb
The five "F"s were for:
Failing to provide a radio system
to allow first responders from different
agencies communicate with each other
Distributing federal homeland secu-
rity funding to states on a "pork-barrel"
basis instead of risk.
Failing to consolidate names of sus-
picious airline travelers on a single terror
watch screening list.
Hindering congressional oversight
by retaining intelligence budget informa-
tion as classified materials.
Failing to engage in an alliance to
develop international standards for the
treatment and prosecution of detained
The panel, which has operated as
a nonprofit group since disbanding
last year, also gave the government
12 "D"s and "B"s, nine "C"s and two
Congress established the commis-
sion in 2002 to investigate government
missteps that led to the attacks of Sept.
11, 2001. Nearly 3,000 people were
killed when 19 hijackers organized by
al-Qaida flew airliners into New York
City's World Trade Center and the Pen-
tagon and caused a crash in the Penn-
Asked about the panel's final report,
White House spokesman Scott McClel-
lan said, "It's important to look at some
of what they're talking about."
He also related the commission's find-
ings to the administration's campaign in
Iraq. "By taking the fight to the enemy
abroad, and by doing so, that is keep-
ing them from plotting and planning to
attack inside America," McClellan said.
On Capitol Hill, Republican and
Democratic lawmakers alike agreed that
Congress has not done enough to shore
up security. Many lawmakers focused
on the security funding formula to states
- an annual fight between the House
and the Senate.
Rescue workers and police work at the site of a suicide bomb attack in
the Israeli coastal city of Netanya yesterday.
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NETANYA, Israel (AP) - A
Palestinian suicide bomber blew
himself up among shoppers outside
a mall yesterday, killing at least
five people and putting pressure on
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon for
a tough response ahead of a fierce
Sharon held an emergency meet-
ing of his security Cabinet to decide
how to respond to the attack, which
wounded 40 people, while Palestin-
ian leader Mahmoud Abbas threat-
ened his own strong action against
An Israeli driver who spotted the
bomber carrying a suspicious bag
toward the mall alerted police. A mall
security guard hustled him away from
the entrance and pushed him against a
wall, where the bomber detonated his
explosives. The guard was among the
five people killed, police said.
"If the bomber had gotten in,
the result would have been much
worse," said Israel's police chief,
The bombing was the fifth since a
truce took effect last February.
Islamic Jihad, a militant group
that has carried out all five of the
attacks, claimed responsibility for
yesterday's bombing, saying it was
retaliation for Israeli killings of the
Israel and the Palestinians are in
the middle of election campaigns, and
more violence could hurt both Sha-
ron and Abbas, who say they support
returning to the internationally backed
"road map" peace plan.
The blast shattered windows and
pocked the outside of the brown
multistory building. Pieces of con-
crete were ripped off the facade,
blood stained the walls and debris
littered the sidewalk.
More than a half hour after the
bombing, one body lay on the
ground, its blackened legs stick-
ing out from under a blanket, while
another lay nearby under a sheet.
Emergency workers rushed wheeled
stretchers with the wounded toward
The attack occurred before noon,
when a man carrying a black bag
crossed the street in front of the
Sharon Mall in the seaside city of
Netanya. An off-duty security guard
waiting at a red light noticed the man
and alerted police in the car behind
him - in a scene caught on security
cameras and broadcast on Israel's
Channel Two TV.
"Within a second, I knew he
looked suspicious," the driver, Nir
Hudra, told The Associated Press.
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