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vf r B8 * TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 17,2002 • THE HAYS DAILY NEWS INTERNATIONAL Robot enters Great Pyramid on live television By NADIA ABOU EL-MAGD ASSOCIATED PRESS CAIRO, Egypt — A tiny robot broadcast live television pictures to the world today as it crept through an ancient pyramid, solving one puzzle but uncovering a new one. Researchers said they planned more explorations after their toy-train-sized robot — named the Pyramid Rover — took two hours to crawl through a narrow shaft in the Great Pyramid outside Cairo, drill through a door at the end and push through its camera to reveal still another door. Zahi Hawass, the director of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, said discovery of the new barrier was a success. "This is very important," said an excited Hawass as the robot broadcast its first images. The tiny camera showed a small, uncluttered space backed by a vertical, sheer stone surface Hawass said he believed was another door. Hawass said the next job for researchers was to study the pictures and plan for further inspections, which could take up to 12 months. Hawass's council, with engineers from the Boston firm iRobot and researchers from National Geographic, spent a year planning for today's mission. "I enjoyed the moment of discovery We were not disappointed... we were successful in our mission," Tim Kelly, president of National Geographic's television and film division, told The Associated Press after the program. Fox TV and the National Geographic .Channel broadcast the exploration live as the robot inched along the rough, 200-foot shaft toward a limestone door adorned with two brass handles. TV viewers and scientists got a simultaneous look at what was billed as the "Secret Chamber." From a room inside the pyramid, engineers controlled the robot's movement by cables. The tons of stone all around made the use of radio controls impossible. Engineers from iRobot, benefitting from the experience of a German team that sent a robot as far as the door in 1993, spent the last six months designing their $250,000 Pyramid Rover. ASSOCIATED PRESS A woman works late in preperation for this morning's National Geographic live event in which a camera-carrying robot will be sent up a harrow shaft inside Egypt's Great Pyramid, something that researchers hope will reveal clues to a pharaoh's secrets to the world. During the broadcast, Hawass made another find by lifting the lid on a stone sarcophagus found in a tomb built near the Great Pyramid, revealing the intact skeleton apparently of a man dating to the period of the pyramid's construction 4,500 years ago. The program included re-enactment's of the pyramid's building and analysis of other discoveries made on the world famous Giza plateau. The Great Pyramid, built 4,500 years ago by Khufu, a ruler also known as Cheops, has four narrow shafts. It is the most magnificent of all Egypt's pyramids, made of 2.3 million stone blocks, and has lost little of its original height of 481 feet and width of 756 feet. For more than a century, archaeologists have been wondering why the shafts were built and what secrets they might hold. Hawass said the shafts might have played symbolic roles in Khufu's religious philosophy. Khufu proclaimed himself Sun God during his life — pharaohs before him believed they became sun gods only after death — and he might have tried to reflect his ideas in the design of his pyramid. The shafts — the one the robot ascended today was just 8 inches square — were not designed for human passage. Khufu's pyramid has never yielded the treasures Usually associated with pharaohs, perhaps because robbers plundered it thousands of years ago. — On the Net: www.sis.gov.eg Death toll rises in Chechen passenger bus explosion VLADIKAVKAZ, Russia (AP) — The death toll in the explosion of a passenger bus in the Chechen capital Grozny reached 18 today, and three suspects in the blast have been detained, Chechen government officials and Grozny police said. The bus was blown up Monday afternoon as it passed by a land mine hidden in a metal container on one of Grozny's liveliest thoroughfares. . .. Chechen officials said that the blast had been intended for Russian forces; two military trucks had moved swiftly past the hidden mine just seconds before the explosion, the Interfax news agency quoted Chechen prosecutor Nikolai Kostyuchenko as saying. The blast was a "tragic coinci- dence," Chechen Prime Minister Stanislav Ilyasov told reporters in the southern Russian city of Ros- tov-on-Don. The carnage was shocking even. in a city where there are frequent rebel attacks on Russian forces and Chechen officials cooperating with them, as well as widespread violent crime against civilians. The blast was so powerful that human remains were found 65 feet away in the ruins of nearby buildings, according to Alexei Vasin, an adviser to nyasov. Meanwhile, about 200 vendors from Grozny's central market rallied today to demand an end to abductions, killings and general lawlessness in the city The spontaneous protest followed the discovery on Monday night of the bodies of three men who had worked as guards at the market checkroom and were abducted on Sunday night. The men's necks had been broken and they had each been shot in the chest, Interfax reported, citing sources in the Grozny city government. Deputy police chief Khezir Tep- sayev told the crowd that they had to cooperate with police. "When you, the local population, develop trust in the Chechen police, we will be able to establish order in the republic ourselves and Russian soldiers will stay in their barracks," he said. The chief of Chechnya's Moscow-appointed government, Akhmad Kadyrov, has long pressed for the number of Russian troops in the region to be reduced, saying that Chechen police could keep order. But he said today that the bus blast proved Chechnya's own police force was not doing its job. "The Chechen police force is sufficient to prevent explosions from occurring but it is not working at present," he was quoted as saying by the ITAR-Tass news agency. Russian forces withdrew from Chechnya in defeat in 1996, leaving the small southern republic with de facto independence. 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Six victims remain in intensive care, CCTV said. The suspect, Chen Zhengping, deliberately spread the poison "out of resentment over a business dispute," CCTV said, without giving details. It said Chen was arrested on Sunday and returned to Nanjing for investigation. The Hong Kong newspaper Wen Wei Po, which has close ties to Chinese authorities, said Chen was the cousin of the snack shop owner and ran a competing shop. He poisoned the food out of jealousy at his relative's success, the report said. The paper didn't identify the source of the information. An earlier report on the W|b site of the Communist Party newspaper People's Daily said 49 people were killed. Citing unidentified sources, it said most were schoolchildren and two were soldiers from a nearby military installation. The report said some 300 people were hospitalized. China has suffered poisoning attacks in the past blamed oh business rivalries or people with grudges. In July, a noodle shop owner was arrested on charges that he poisoned customers at.'a rival business by putting rat poison hi its soup. That incident in the southern region of Guangxi sickened 57 people, but no deaths were reported. > Tests on the Nanjing poisojti have identified it as a brand of rat poison called Dushuqiang, which has been banned for sale in Chin[a since the mid-1990s, according! to an official of the Nanjing Agriculture and Forestry Bureau. I The poison, whose name translates as "Super-Strong Rat Poi- soner," still is widely available iji rural areas from illegal producers, said the official, who refused to give her name. ! Opposition wants immigration curbs BERLIN (AP) — Fading in the polls, Germany's conservative opposition pressed its case for tighter immigration controls in an attack on Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's government before weekend elections. Challenger Edmund Stoiber, who has built up a tough law-and- order reputation as Bavarian governor, pledged Monday to overturn key passages of a landmark, government-drafted immigration law if the conservatives win the Sept. 22 parliamentary election, With 4 million jobless in Germany — about 10 percent of the registered work force — letting in more migrants is unacceptable, Stoiber said. Guenter Beckstein, a Stoiber aide tipped as possible next inter;!or minister, cited estimates that Germany's immigrant population would rise by more than 100,000 a4- nually under the new law dueitt) take effect Jan. 1. ;« Germany also needs to be prepared for a possible influx of workers from East European countries after they join the European Union later this decade, Beckstein said] ^ Schroeder accused the Christilan Democrats of whipping up public fears for electoral advantage as thjs neck-and-neck race ahead of Sunday's vote hits the home stretcn. 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