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WASHINGTON (AP) - President
Bush condemned the deadly rioting
sparked by cartoons of the prophet
Muhammad yesterday, and his secre-
tary of state accused Iran and Syria of
trying "to inflame sentiments" across
the Muslim world.
Bush urged foreign leaders to halt
the spreading violence and to protect
diplomats in besieged embassies.
The president spoke out about the
controversy for the first time, signal-
ing deepening White House concern
about violent protests stemming from
the publication of caricatures in Den-
mark's Jyllands-Posten and reprinted
in European media and elsewhere in
the past week.
"We reject violence as a way to
express discontent with what may
be printed in a free press," the presi-
At the same time, Bush admon-
ished the press that its freedom
comes with "the responsibility to be
thoughtful about others."
Bush commented alongside King
Abdullah II of Jordan at the White
House. Abdullah, too, called for
protests to be peaceful, but he also
spoke against ridicule of Islam's
"With all respect to press freedoms,
obviously anything that vilifies the
Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon
him, or attacks Muslim sensibilities, I
believe, needs to be condemned," the
In Afghanistan, meanwhile, police
killed four people as protesters
marched on a U.S. military base.
There was increasing talk, both in
the U.S. and abroad, that some for-
eign governments as well as extrem-
ist groups were fanning the violent
At the State Department, Secretary
of State Condoleezza Rice said, "Iran
and Syria have gone out of their way
to inflame sentiments and to use this
to their own purposes. And the world
ought to call them on it."
There is little doubt that there is
genuine anger throughout the Muslim
world, where images of the revered
Prophet Muhammad with a bomb
strapped to his head are considered
racist and deeply insulting.
In the post-Sept. 11 world, Muslims
already feel the brunt of the war on
terror and the invasions of Iraq and
Afghanistan, said Diaa Rashwan, with
the Al-Ahram Center for Political and
Strategic Studies in Cairo, Egypt.
"That only further fueled the anger
this time around," he said, the car-
toons releasing bottled-up anger and
In Afghanistan, U.S. military
spokesman Col. James Yonts said,
"Other countries are having the same
demonstrations, same problems,"
when he was asked if al-Qaida and the
Taliban may have been involved.
And Zahor Afghan, editor of Erada,
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Bush ives info on s"y program.
After weeks o insisting it would not reveal details ofits eavesdropping without war-
rants, the White House reversed course yesterday and provided a House committee with
highly classified information about the operation.
The White House has been under heavy pressure from lawmakers who wanted more
information about the National Security Agency's monitoring. Democrats and many
Republicans rejected the administration's contention that they could not be trusted with
national security secrets.
The shift came the same day Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter
(R-Penn.) announced he is drafting legislation that would require the secretive Foreign
Intelligence Surveillance Court to review the administration's monitoring program and
determine if it is constitutional.
Bush trims Medicaid and Medicare
President Bush signed a measure yesterday that trims Medicaid and Medicare spend-
ing over the next five years, but he said Congress must make bigger changes as baby
Bush said programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security are the biggest
long-term challenge to the budget. Even after the cuts he signed into law, the growth rates
projected for the programs are unsustainable, he said.
"By 2030, spending for Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security alone will be almost
60 percent of the entire federal budget," Bush said just before signing the Deficit Reduc-
tion Act in the East Room of the White House.
"That will leave future generations with impossible choices - staggering tax increas-
es, immense deficits, or deep cuts in every category of spending," the president said.
He defended his budget blueprint for the coming fiscal year in the face of critics
from both parties who say he is shaving too much from Medicare and other pro-
grams. He said his critics are thinking like free-spending Europeans.
Africa sees first outbreak of bird flu
Pakistani Shiite Muslims burn U.S., Danish and Israeli flags to condemn the publication
of controversial cartoons during a rally to mourn the death of their spiritual leader
Imam Hussain, grandson of Prophet Muhammad, yesterday in Karachi, Pakistan.
Afghanistan's most respected news-
paper, said that "there are definitely
people using this to incite violence
against the presence of foreigners in
On Tuesday, Bush had called Den-
mark's prime minister to express "our
support and solidarity" in the wake of
In the midst of a campaign to
blunt widespread anti-American
sentiment across the Mideast, Bush
sought to balance his remarks by
urging the media to be sensitive to
"We believe in a free press," the
president said. "We also recognize
that with freedom comes responsibili-
ties. With freedom comes the respon-
sibility to be thoughtful about others.'
Sitting alongside him, Jordan's
Abdullah said, "Islam, like Christian-
ity and Judaism, is a religion of peace
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Africa's first outbreak of the deadly bird flu virus was reported yesterday in a
large commercial farm in Nigeria that raised chickens, geese and ostriches, and
46,000 birds were slaughtered.
International health officials called for help to prevent the spread of,
the disease on the world's poorest continent, where governments are ill-
equipped to combat it.
Nigeria said the outbreak was on a farm in Jaji, a village in the northern state of
Kaduna. Agriculture Minister Adamu Bello told reporters the deadly H5N1 strain
of the virus was detected in samples taken Jan. 16 from birds on the farm.
Nigeria, Africa's most populous nation with 130 million people, said it would
work aggressively to halt the flow of any sick birds to unaffected zones. But farm-
ers accused the government of being slow to respond.
U.S. officials meet with top insurgents
U.S. officials have met figures from some Sunni Arab insurgent groups but
have so far not received any commitment for them to lay down their arms,
Western diplomats in Baghdad and neighboring Jordan said Wednesday.
Three more U.S. troops were killed in Iraq - two of them in roadside
bombings, the U.S. command said.
The meetings, described as being in the initial stage, have not included mem-.
bers of al-Qaida in Iraq or like-minded religious extremists, the diplomats said
on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the subject.
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