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About 1,000 people attended a rally in support of
immigration reform at Arizona's capitol yesterday.
No boom in
Review shows no Hispanic voter
increase in urban areas despite last
spring's major immigration protests
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Immigration protests that
drew hundreds of thousands of flag-waving demonstra-
tors to the nation's streets last spring promised a potent
political legacy - a surge of new Hispanic voters.
"Today We March, Tomorrow We Vote," they
But an Associated Press review of voter registra-
tion figures from Chicago, Denver, Houston, Atlanta
and other major urban areas that had large rallies
found no sign of a new voter boom that could sway
elections. There was a rise in Los Angeles, where
500,000 protested in March, but it was more of a
trickle than a torrent.
Protest organizers - principally unions, His-
panic advocacy groups and the Catholic Church -
acknowledge that it has been hard to translate street
activism into voting clout, though they insist they can
reach their goal of 1 million new voters by 2008.
"I was anticipating a huge jump in registration. I
didn't see it," said Jess Cervantes, a veteran California
political operative whose company analyzes Hispanic
voting trends. "When you have an emotional response,
it takes time to evolve."
It's impossible to count exactly how many new regis-
trants were inspired by the new movement because coun-
ties typically don't ask for race or ethnicity.
New registrations were up this year compared to last
year, but they were well below the numbers in 2004,
and the increase is not surprise at a time Democrats
and Republicans are struggling for control of Congress.
Even without that factor, the numbers don't indicate
the watershed awakening advocates had envisioned.
JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia
Annan to appoint mediator for conflict
U.N. chief Kofi Annan said yesterday he would appoint a mediator for indi-
rect talks between Israel and Hezbollah on the release of two abducted Israeli
soldiers, the first public word of negotiations between the bitter enemies since
fighting in Lebanon ended.
The announcement raised the possibility of a prisoner swap to win the soldiers'
release, an exchange which Israel has repeatedly rejected, at least in public. Until now,
Israel had insisted that it would not hold any contacts with Hezbollah, but its govern-
ment has been under increasing domestic pressure to bring the two home.
The agreement on the mediation effort could mark a breakthrough on an issue that
is crucial to preserving the fragile 3-week-old cease-fire that ended 34 days of Israel-
Hezbollah fighting. Israel mounted its offensive in Lebanon after the Shiite guerrillas
seized the two soldiers and killed three others in a cross-border raid July 12.
Tourists were target of terrorist strike
A gunman opened fire on Western tourists at Roman ruins in the heart of
Jordan's capital yesterday, killing a British man and wounding six people
before being overpowered. Police said the attacker came from the same area
as the slain leader of al-Qaida in Iraq.
The attack at an ancient amphitheater came despite a heavy clampdown on
security in this key U.S. ally since a string of deadly bombings at hotels last
November that al-Qaida in Iraq claimed to have staged.
Police were trying to determine if the alleged gunman, Nabeel Ahmed
Issa Jaourah, was enticed by Islamic militants or a terror group to carry out
the shooting, said a Jordanian security official, who agreed to discuss the
investigation only if not quoted by name.
Police find 33 bodies strewn across Iraqi capital
Police found the tortured, blindfolded bodies of 33 men scattered across the
capital yesterday and the U.S.-led coalition reported combat deaths of seven
servicemen, a day after Iraqi leaders said the capture of a top terror suspect
would reduce violence.
Kidnappers also dragged off a popular soccer star in Baghdad, while a security
crackdown in the city expanded into the upscale Mansour neighborhood.
An al-Qaida-affiliated group dismissed the Iraqi government's claimthatthe orga-
nization's second most important leader had been arrested, suggesting the man was
not a senior figure and denying the terror group had suffered a significant blow.
World's largest passenger jet takes flight
The Airbus A380, the world's largest passenger jet, took to the sky with a full load of
passengers for the first time yesterday, and the European aircraft maker announced fur-
ther management changes in the wake of costly delays to the $13 billion jet program.
The 308-ton jet touched down yesterday evening after flying a seven-hour round-trip
from Toulouse, southern France, with 474 Airbus employees onboard, on the first of four
test flights scheduled this week to try out the plane's cabin environment and systems.
Airbus says it is on schedule to deliver the first finished A380 to Singapore Airlines
Ltd. by the end of the year, despite production bottlenecks that are expected to hold up
subsequent deliveries by about six months.
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