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' Obama's chief of staff resigns .
Jack Lew to replace
WASHINGTON (AP) - Presi-
dent Barack Obama announced
unexpectedly yesterday that
chief of staff William Daley was
quitting and heading home, cap-
ping a short and rocky tenure
that had been expected to last
until Election Day in November.
Obama budget director Jack
Lew, a figure long familiar with
Washington's ways, is to take over
one of the most consuming jobs in
Daley's run as Obama's chief
manager and gatekeeper lasted
only a year. It was filled with
consequential moments for the
White House, like the killing of
al-Qaida terrorist leader Osama
bin Laden, but also stumbles
with Congress and grumbles
that Daley was not the right
choice to coordinate an intense
operation of ideas, egos and
Daley did not waver, express-
ing to his boss a desire to get back
to his family in Chicago, where
Daleys have dominated local
politics for decades. He offered
no explanation yesterday about
what accelerated his decision; he
had committed to Obama that he
would stay on through the elec-
It apparently became clear
that the fit was no longer work-
ing for either side. Senior adviser
Pete Rouse already had taken on
more of the day-to-day manage-
Stepping in is the mild-man-
nered Lew, who began his career
as a staffer in Congress, where
he spent almost a decade as prin-
cipal domestic policy adviser
to House Speaker Tip O'Neill.
Lew has worked for Obama as a
deputy secretary of state before
becoming budget director, the
same position he held in the
President Bill Clinton's adminis-
Daley had been brought in for
cago, Obama's hometown, Daley
did not personally know Obama
well. That meant he had to fig-
ure out the president and run his
operation simultaneously. He
did not seem to mesh as the one,
more than anyone, charged with
ensuring a smooth operation.
The president delivered the
other side of the story, describ-
ing Daleyas highly influential and
"No one in my administration
has had to make more important
decisions more quickly than Bill.
And that's why I think this deci-
sion was difficult for me," Obama
said in a State Dining Room that
was nearly empty except for the
The mood was decidedly more
low-key than other transitions
involving the top staff job at the
Obama now plows ahead in an
election year with his third chief
of staff - one of the most cru-
cial positions in the U.S. govern-
ment and national politics. Daley
had replaced the colorful and
A Syrian woman speaks with an Arab League observer who attends with other observers a mass prayer for the people
and soldiers who were killed during violence around the country at the Holy Cross Church in Damscus, Syria yesterday.
Syrian troops in Homs open fire
as Arab League observers visit
Assad to deliver
speech on "local
BEIRUT (AP) - Syrian troops
fired on protesters yesterday in
the restive city of Homs as Arab
League observers toured the area
to see whether President Bashar
Assad's regime is abiding by its
pledge to halt the 10-month-old
crackdown on dissent, activists
In the capital Damascus,
thousands held prayers for those
killed since the uprising began
in March. Christian and Mus-
lim religious leaders attended
the service, and throngs packed
the city's Holy Cross church, its
yards and a nearby street.
"Enough killings in our
beloved Syria," the country's top
Sunni clergyman, Grand Mufti
Ahmad Badreddine Hassoun,
told the crowd at the prayer ser-
vice. His son was shot dead in
The 165 foreign monitors are
supposed to be ensuring that
Syria complies with the Arab
League plan stipulating the
regime stop killing protesters,
remove heavy weaponry, such
as tanks, from all cities, free all
political prisoners and allow in
human rights organizations and
foreign journalists. Syria agreed
to the plan on Dec. 19.
However, the crackdown has
not stopped and opposition activ-
ists say around 450 people have
killed by the regime since observ-
ers began work on Dec. 21. Yes-
terday, the British-based Syrian
Observatory for Human Rights
said security forces shot dead
four people around the country
and returned the bodies of 10
other people to their families in
several Homs neighborhoods.
Syrian state TV said that
Assad will deliver a speech at
noon Tuesday addressing "local
and international developments."
Assad has few public appearanc-
es since the uprising began, and
it will be his first comments since
Syria agreed to the Arab League
peace plan last month.
The U.N. estimated several
weeks ago that more than 5,000
people have been killed in politi-
cal violence since March. Since
that report, opposition activists
say hundreds more have died.
On Sunday, the Arab League
repeated its demand for the Syr-
ian government to immediately
stop all bloodshed.
It was not immediately clear
whether the foreign observ-
ers witnessed the regime forces
opening fire in the Khaldiyeh
neighborhood of Homs. Several
people were reported wounded.
Majd Amer, an activist in
Homs, said the shooting started
after thousands of protesters
surrounded a group of observers,
urging them to go to Khaldiyeh,
where anti-regime protesters are
known to be active. The observ-
ers' Syrian escorts wanted to
take them to the nearby Abbassi-
yah neighborhood, where many
regime supporters live, he said.
"Sporadic shooting was heard
for a few seconds," Amer said.
The opposition has accused
Syria of trying to mislead the
activists by showing them areas
where regime support is strong.
Arab League Secretary General
Nabil Elaraby said Sundayobserv-
ers will continue their monthlong
mission in Syria, despite claims by
activists that the'mission is giv-
ing cover to Assad's crackdown
on protesters and delaying fur-
ther action against the regime in
forums such as the U.N. Security
Some members of the Syrian
opposition criticized the Arab
League for not withdrawing the
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accepted the news and at first had secretary. Yet as an outsider, for Chicago mayor, a position he
refused to accept Daley's post- despite his hackground with now holds. Rouse also served as
holidays resignation letter last the top political family in Chi- interim chief of staff for a stretch.
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cholera case in Haiti outbreak
has killed 7,000,
(AP) - A mentally ill man who
bathed in and drank from a con-
taminated river most likely was
the first person to be infected in
the Caribbean country's dead-
ly cholera outbreak, a Boston
humanitarian group said yester-
Partners in Health, which
works in Haiti, reported the case
yesterday in a study it did on the
outbreak and published in the
American Journal of Tropical
Medicine and Hygiene.
Officials say the cholera out-
break that began in 2010 has
killed 7,000 people and sickened
nearly 500,000. The disease
surfaced in Haiti months after a
powerful earthquake struck the
country two years ago this week.
The humanitarian group's Dr.
David Walton, who co-authored
the study with Dr. Louise Ivers,
said information points to a
28-year-old mentally ill man
from the central town of Mireb-
alais as the first person infected
with the waterborne disease.
He said the man's family had
access to clean drinking water
but his auditory hallucinations
and paranoia went without treat-
ment and he bathed in and drank
frequently from a river into
which the Meye River fed. The
Meye has been identified as the
likely source of the epidemic.
"It's a striking example of how
mental health, infectious disease
and community health affects
overall well-being," Walton, an
internist, said by telephone.
The case serves as a reminder
of how mental health services are
often an afterthought in health
services planning, he added.
The mentally ill man devel-
oped acute diarrhea on Oct. 12,
2010, and died at his home with-
out seeking medical attention
less than 24 hours later.
He was buried the next day
and two people who prepared
the body for the wake developed
severe diarrhea in less than 48
The study also points out how
globalization can help spread
a disease like cholera to other
parts of the world. Cholera cases
were also found in the neighbor-
ing Dominican Republic, Miami
Studies suggest the cholera
was likely brought to Haiti by a
United Nations peacekeeping
battalion from Nepal, where the
disease is endemic. Haiti now
has the highest cholera infection
rate in the world, according to
Partners in Health.
Today , Partners in Health's
co-founder, Dr. Paul Farmer,
and the Haitian government
will "inaugurate" the near com-
pletion of a 320-bed, national
referral and teaching hospital
in Mirebalais, 30 miles (48 kilo-
meters) north of Port-au-Prince.
It is described as one of the larg-
est projects completed since the
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