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Clinton: Arab world
must con ront Iran
had a s
i tour, Clinton Mideast into a disastrous nuclear
arms race, she said. "It is first and
ays sanctions foremost in the interest of the
region to prevent Iran from get-
are working ting a nuclear weapon."
As the sanctions have taken
J DHABI, United Arab effect, Clinton said it was clear
es (AP) - U.S. Secretary Iran was actively trying to scuttle
e Hillary Rodham Clinton peace efforts by promoting ten-
londay that sanctions have sions that some fear could lead to
Iran's efforts to develop war between Israel and Iranian
weapons and accused the and Syrian proxies in Lebanon
y of trying to foment new and the Gaza Strip.
t in the Middle East to dis- "I am aware of the drumbeats
attention from its nuclear and I think that those unfortu-
ons. nately are being created for very
the first stop of a three- cynical purposes," she told the
tour of the Persian Gulf, audience. "Let's be very blunt
n said the Arab world in here. I think that there is very
alar should act to sharpen little doubt that Iran does not
ement of the sanctions and want to see any kind of negotiated
attempts to stoke Mideast peace between the Israelis and
is. She also said Arab states the Palestinians."
pedial role to play in help. "We cannot let that attention
estart Israeli-Palestinian get diverted and we cannot let any
alks by promoting a broad- outside influence cause a conflict
b-Israeli settlement. in the Middle East that would be
e most recent analysis is a disaster for everyone," Clinton
he sanctions have been said. "The responsible leadership
g. They have made it much in the region must do everything
lifficult for Iran to pursue it can to prevent anyone from
clear ambitions," she told taking action that could launch a
Arab television talk show. conflict."
program, from our best As part of that effort, she said
te, has been slowed down. Arab nations should recommit to
have time, but not a lot of a Saudi-proposed comprehensive
land-for-peace proposal under
an succeeds in developing which the entire Arab world
nic bomb, it will plunge the would normalize relations with
Israel. That, she said, would help
give the Israelis the security
assurances they need to take the
risks needed to make peace with
"The Arab world needs to make
it clear that the Arab peace initia-
tive will be implemented," Clin-
Clinton made her comments on
the program "Sweet Talk," often
described as the Arabic version
of "The View," hosted by three
During the wide-ranging inter-
view and chat with the audience,
Clinton also urged Arab women
to press for equal rights and said
they should begin to prepare for
changes in traditional gender
roles that are inevitable. She said
she thought America is ready for
a female president but again shot
down suggestions that she might
make another White House run.
"I am not going to run again,"
In addition, Clinton called
for greater openness, tolerance
and development in the region
to blunt extremism, especially
among Arab youth, that can breed
She stressetl that such prob-
lems are universal and, noting the
recent shooting of Arizona Con-
gresswoman Gabrielle Giffords,
said extremism exists in the Unit-
ed States and must be combatted.
Nearly a decade after the attacks of Sept.11, 2001, the oft-delayed deconstruction of the former Deutsche Bank building at
ground zero is finally almost complete.
Toxic tower damaed on
9 11 finall com--ing down
Sentencing hearing to begin
Sn Rep. Tom DeLay's trial
Experts: Former "This is not a matter of economic But a jury determined DeLay
loss, not a matter of anyone being conspired with two associates,
U.S. House Majority injured or of any evil intent." John Colyandro and Jim Ellis, to
Up to nine witnesses are expect- use his Texas-based PAC to send
Leader will receive ed to testify on DeLay's behalf, $190,000 in corporate money to
including former U.S. House an arm of the Washington-based
little prison time Speaker Dennis Hastert and others Republican National Commit-
who worked with him. tee. The RNC then sent the same
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Former "We are going to show the amount to seven Texas House
U.S. House Majority Leader Tom good things about Tom DeLay," candidates. Under Texas law, cor-
DeLay, who with the nickname DeGuerin said. porate money can't go directly to
"the Hammer" took part in his DeLay's lawyers also submitted political campaigns.
share of political battles during his more than 30 character and sup- Prosecutors claim the money
time in Congress, now faces the port letters from friends and politi- helped Republicans take control
toughest fight of his life: staying cal leaders, including Israeli Prime of the Texas House. That enabled
out of prison. Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the GOP majority to push through
The former Houston-area con- eight current U.S. congressmen. a Delay-engineered congressional
gressman will be back in court Most of the letters ask for leniency redistricting plan that sent more
today for the sentencing phase of in the sentencing. Texas Republicans to Congress in
his trial after his Nov. 24 convic- Steve Brand, one of the prosecu- 2004 - and strengthened DeLay's
tion on charges of money laun- tors, said they planned on calling political power.
dering and conspiracy to commit several witnesses. He declined to DeLay contended the charges
money laundering in a scheme to comment on what the witnesses were politically motivated and the
illegally funnel corporate money to would testify about or what sen- money swap in question was legal.
Texas candidates in 2002. tence the Travis County Dis- DeGuerin says DeLay committed
Unlike DeLay's trial, which last- trict Attorney's Office planned to no crime and believes the convic-
ed nearly a month, the sentencing request. tions will be overturned on appeal.
hearing is expected to take about Some legal experts believe The 2005 criminal charges in
two days. DeLay will likely receive little, if Texas, as well as a separate fed-
DeLay has chosen Senior Judge any, prison time. eral investigation of DeLay's ties
Pat Priest to sentence him. Priest "Diehard Democrats will want to disgraced former lobbyist Jack
says he is likely to make a quick to see the book thrown at him and Abramoff, ended his 22-year polit-
decision after both prosecutors his conservative supporters will ical career. The Abramoff-related
and defense attorneys finish pre- feel (any) sentence will be unjust," probe ended without any charges
senting witnesses. said Bradley Simon, a New York filed against DeLay.
While he faces up to life in pris- criminal defense attorney who's Ellis and Colyandro, who face
on on the money laundering charge followed the case. "No matter what lesser charges, will be tried later.
and up to 20 years on the conspira- the judge says, he is unlikely to Except for a 2009 appearance on
cy charge, DeLay is also eligible for please anybody." ABC's hit television show "Dane-
probation. DeLay was once one of the most ing With the Stars," DeLay has
"Of course we will ask the judge powerful men in U.S. politics, been mostly out of the spotlight
to grant probation," said Dick holding the No. 2 job in the House since resigning from Congress in
DeGuerin, DeLay's lead attorney. of Representatives. 2006.
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-ade after attack, having that black monolith out of
ink with victim The bank tower - first slated
for deconstruction in 2005, when a
remains to be government agency bought it to end
an impasse over who would pay to
dismantled take it down - is down to two sto-
ries above street level. The Lower
V YORK (AP) - The con- Manhattan Development Corp.,
ted bank tower stood the agency that oversaw the $300
ed in black netting for years million dismantling, said it will be
ound zero, filled with toxic completely removed in a little over
nd the remains of 9/11 vic- a week.
t stayed where it was, not "You're talking about the end
down even as the towers at of an era," said Kirk Raymond of
rAd Trade Center site slowly Windsor, Ontario, gazing at what's
to rise. left of the building on a visit to the
rly a decade after the trade trade center site. "You're erasing
s south tower fell into it, the the last signs of something pretty
g with a sad history of legal terrible."
gulatory fights, multiple acci- The delicate work of disman-
and a blaze that killed two dling a skyscraper - referred to by
ters will finally be gone. its street address, 130 Liberty - is
mise of the 41-story former visible from surrounding buildings
he Bank building, just south and from the street.
nd zero,is atleast as welcome Tourists watched last week as a
eighbors as the construction huge crane gently lowered a steel
trade center towers. beam. Sparks flew as a welder
ove having the light," said removed the cables holding the
Perillo, whose eighth-floor beam.
window overlooks the busy "It was great," said Catherine
ite where the steel frame- McVay Hughes, a downtown Man-
f the Deutsche Bank build- hattan community board officer
being disassembled. "I love who walked by the building last
week. "It was nice to actually be
able to see through the skeletal
remains of 130 Liberty."
Less thananhour after ahijacked
jet slammed into it on Sept. 11, 2001,
the trade center's south tower col-
lapsed, tearing a 15-story gash in
the Deutsche Bank building. Perillo
said a piece of the destroyed tower
was embedded in its neighbor "like
a fork in a piece of cake."
The building was shrouded in
black as Deutsche Bank and its
insurers fought over whether to
raze it or clean it. To resolve the
dispute, the LMDC, the city-state
agency created to oversee the
rebuilding of the trade center area,
agreed to buy the building for $90
million, clean it and tear it down.
The cleanup of toxins includ-
ing asbestos, lead, mercury, PCBs
and dioxins was delayed multiple
times by fights over how to remove
the material without polluting
the neighborhood. More than 700
body parts of Sept. 11 victims were
recovered, mostly on the roof, along
with parts of the hijacked plane.
Environmental and city regulators
spent years coming up with a clean-
up plan that would keep the toxins
in with polyurethanecoverings and
other protective panels.