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B4 THE HAYS DAILY NEWS iNTEMiriOlttL MONDAY, JUNE 19,2006' Group claims responsibility for kidnapping 2 Americans BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) — An umbrella group linked to al-Qaida in Iraq claimed today that it had kidnapped two American soldiers reported missing south of Baghdad, where 8,000 Iraqi and U.S. troops were conducting a massive search. The group, called the Mujahedeen Shura Council, also claimed it had kidnapped four Russian diplomats and killed a fifth in Baghdad on June 3. The message, which could not be authenticated, appeared on an Islamic Web site known for publishing messages from insurgent groups in Iraq. U.S. officials have said they were trying to confirm whether the two soldiers, who disappeared Friday evening following an insurgent attack that also killed a U.S. soldier, were kidnapped. During the search for the missing Americans, U.S. spokesman Maj. Gen. William Caldwell also said the military killed three suspected insurgents and detained 34 others in fighting that left seven U.S. servicemen wounded. The Web posting said: "Your brothers in the military wing of the Mujahedeen Shura Council kidnapped the two American soldiers near Youssifiya." It did not identify the soldiers. The Defense Department identified the missing men as Pfc. Kristian Menchaca, 23, of Houston, and Pfc. Thomas L. Tucker, 25, of Madras, Ore. It said Spc. David J. Babineau, 25, of Springfield, Mass., was killed. The three were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky. Gunmen kidnapped the four Russian diplomats near their embassy in Baghdad's Mansour district after firing on their car and killing one embassy employee. "God has enabled the lions of monotheism to arrest four Russian diplomats in Iraq and kill the fifth," said a statement from the group on the same Web site. The statement condemned Russian actions in Chechnya and criticized its presence in Baghdad, saying: "The Russian government sends its diplomats to Iraq to support the crusaders' project, led by America, and to provide international backing and legitimacy to the exhausted Iraqi government." The Mujahedeen Shura Council is a grouping of several insurgent forces, including al-Qaida in Iraq. Former insurgent leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi helped create the council in January — apparently to give an Iraqi face to his movement, made up mainly of foreign fighters. In the posting, the council taunted U.S. forces for failing to find the American soldiers. "The events reconfirm the weakness of the alleged American intelligence and KARIM KADIM / Associated Press A member of the U.S. military stands guard as buses containing prisoners to be released arrive today at the main bus station In Baghdad, Iraq. its going astray in Iraq," the statement said. "The American military has launched a campaign of raids using armor and equipment, in the region around the incident, but the army of "the strongest nation in the world' retreated in defeat and disgrace," the statement said. It was signed by the information committee of the Mujahedeen Shura Council, a body that groups five Iraqi insurgent organizations including al-Qaida in Iraq. Fighter jets, helicopters, unmanned drones, boats and dive teams are being used to find the two men who disappeared an attack on their checkpoint that left one of their comrades dead, Caldwell said. PROSEdnONASKSFOfl DEATH PENALTY FOR SADDAM BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) — The prosecutor asked for the death penalty for Saddam Hussein and two of his co-defendants, saying in closing arguments today that the former Iraqi leader and his regime committed crimes against humanity in a "revenge" attack on Shiite civilians in the 1980s. The arguments brought the eight-month-old trial into its final phase. After today's session, the court adjourned until July 10, ' when the defense will begin making its final summation. Saddam, dressed in a black suit, sat silently, sometimes taking notes, as chief prosecutor Jaafar al-Moussawi delivered his arguments, listing the evidence against each of the eight defendants. Concluding his remarks, al- Moussawi asked for the death penalty against Saddam, his half brother Barzan Ibrahim — the head of the Mukhabarat intelligence agency at the time — and Taha Yassin Ramadan, a former senior regime member. The method of execution is hanging. N, Korea makes first reference to missile Briefs SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea referred to its missile program for the first time today amid reports it has apparently completed fueling for a test launch of a weapon that could reach the United States. A North Korean state television broadcast, monitored in Seoul, said nothing about whether the North intended to test-launch a long-range missile. But the report cited a Russian editorial on the subject and said the North "has the due right to have a missile that can immediately halt the United States' reckless aerial espionage activity." The North has repeatedly complained in recent weeks about alleged U.S. spy planes watching its activities. The Japanese newspaper Mainichi reported today that the North has apparently completed fueling a long-range missile, believed to be a. Taepodong-2. That £ives the Nprth alaanch.windbwY.' of about a month, the national newspaper said, citing unidenti- fied officials in Washington familiar with U.S. and North Korean matters. The United States, Japan, Australia and News Zealand all cautioned the impoverished country that a test of a Taepodong-2 missile would bring serious consequences and further isolate the regime. The White House has warned of an appropriate response and Japan has threatened a "fierce" protest to the United Nations. The chances of a launch today were unclear, in part because of the weather at the missile site. There were cloudy skies and chances of showers in the area, with fog along the coast, said Kim Duck-wan, an official at the South's Korea Meteorological Administration. U.S. officials have said the 116- foot-long Taepodong-2 has a firing range of 9,300 miles and could reach as far as the U.S. •mainland. '': North Korea fired a missile over northern Japan in 1998, its last such test, and has abided by a self-imposed moratorium since 1999. "Japan has been urging North Korea to stop the attempt to launch a missile," Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi said. "We are making efforts to urge North Korea to act rationally and with self-restraint." "If it does not listen to us and fires a missile, we have to consult with the United States and take stern measures," he added. He refused to specify possible steps, but other officials have mentioned sanctions and a "fierce" protest to the U.N. Security Council. The U.S. ambassador to Japan, Thomas Schieffer, also said sanctions were an option. "I think sanctions would have to be considered, but I wouldn't want to describe what actions we might take," Schieffer said, according to a transcript read over the phone by a U.S. Embassy offi- • cijal. He added that a launch would be "worthy" of Security Council discussion and action. China looks to Africa for financial, political gain CAIRO, Egypt (AP) — China's premier has begun a seven-nation African tour to sign deals to keep Africa's natural resources flowing to its booming economy and shore up support among its allies in its diplomatic rivalry with Taiwan. On Sunday, Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao wrapped up a two-day visit to Cairo after meeting with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and signing 10 oil, natural gas and telecommunications deals. He also agreed to give Egypt a $50 million loan and a $10 million grant to encourage investment in an industrial area northwest of the Gulf of Suez. Wen then headed to Ghana, where he signed an agreement to lend the small West African nation about $66 million to fund a number of projects. One is a plan to upgrade Ghana's communications network by increasing phone lines and improving the country's Internet system. He was also scheduled to visit the Republic of Congo, Angola, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda on the tour. China has taken a keen interest in Africa's oil and minerals as its economy heads into a fourth year of 10 percent growth. Earlier this year, Chinese President Hu Jintao signed a series of major business deals with Nigeria, Africa's biggest oil producer, as well as an oil exploration contract with Kenya. China is also striving to maintain its diplomatic contacts on the continent, as Taiwan steps up its efforts to gain international recognition — mostly among Third World countries. China and Taiwan split amid civil war in 1949, but Beijing still considers the island part of its territory and demands that its diplomatic partners give no formal recognition to Taipei. Both Egypt and Ghana stressed their commitment to Beijing's "one China" policy. China's headway into the continent has generated some criticism. Unlike Western countries IT Open Your Home v ^ toa Waiting Child Centonous - age 13 Centonous (pronounced Sin- tawn-us) is an artistic yoiing teen who would like to become a professional artist one day. She enjoys many activities - such as drawing, riding horses, skating, swimming, gymnastics and singing. Her favorite class in school is math. Centonous' proudest moment has been when she had her picture in the newspaper for winning an art contest. Centonous would very much like to be adopted by a family who has horses. To learn more about Centonous or other children needing adoptive or foster families contact the Kansas Children's Service League at 1-877-5305275 or www.kcsl.org. Centonous's case number is 100216. R Kansas Children's Service League Coming Home KOTMS for information please call 1-877-530-5275 or visit www.kcsl.org lease or >75 I prg /!> also interested in Africa's markets and resources, China steers away from pressuring nations on their human and political rights records. "This is not its concern. Business is," said Khalil al-Anani, an analyst with al-Siyassah al- Dawliyah, an Egyptian political quarterly published by the semiofficial Al-Ahram daily newspaper. He said, however, that China's investments in African countries are mostly in state-run infrastructure projects. "These are long-term investments into which Western businesses probably do not want to venture," he said. PUBLIC NOTICBS A» taxpayers and cltUem, we have a right I? Know about decisions and activities of our government. Public notlct» are legally required publication* of pertain Important government recordi and of court proceeding* and notification*. Find public notice* online at pulHlpnotlcea.hdnewa.net. (First published In The Hays Dally News June 5, 2006) IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF ELLIS COUNTY, KANSAS In the Matter of the Estate of DAVID L. MECKENCSTOCK, Deceased. Case No. 05 PR 69 NOTICE OF HEARING ON PETITION FOR FINAL SETTLEMENT The State of Kansas to All Persons Concerned: You are hereby notified that a Petition has been filed on June 1, 2006, In this Court by Mary L. Meckenstock, Executor of the Estate of David L. Meckenstock, Deceased, praying for a final settlement of the estate, approval of her acts, proceedings and accounts as Executor, allowance for attorney fees and expenses, determination of the heirs, devises and legatees entitled to the estate and assignment to them in accordance with the will of David L. Meckenstock, Deceased. You are hereby required to file your written defenses thereto on or before July 3, 2006 at 11:00 o'clock a.m., on such day, in such Court, in the City of Hays, Ellis County, Kansas, at which time and place said cause will be heard. Should you fail therein, judgment and decree will be entered in due course upon said Petition. Mary L. Meckenstock, Petitioner Ross Wichman - 08578 ANDERSON & WICHMAN 1400 Main, P.O. Box 1700 Hays, Kansas 67601 (785)625-6519 Attorney for Mary L. Meckenstock (Last published In The Hays Daily News June 19,2006) New U,N, Human Rights Council debuts amid hopes GENEVA (AP) — The United Nations inaugurated its new Human Rights Council today, vowing to uphold the highest standards of human rights and erase the tarnished image of its predecessor despite lingering doubts about its effectiveness. The 47-member council replaces the Human Rights Commission, which became discredited in recent years as rights-abusing countries conspired to escape condemnation. UN. Secretary-General Kofi Annan urged the council's members not to squander the opportunity. "Never allow this council to become caught up in political point-scoring or petty maneuver," Annan said. "Think always of those whose rights are denied." He said the council has a chance to start its work with a tangible achievement, by passing two''vital documents" — one against enforced disappearances, the other guaranteeing the rights of indigenous peoples — and sending them for approval by the General Assembly. Unpaid Gaza government workers receiving food aid GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Swallowing their pride, thousands of Palestinian government workers who have been living without salaries for nearly four months received food packets from .the United Nations. The 90,000 Palestinian refugees who work in the public sector used to enjoy a rare luxury in Gaza — a steady income. That ended when Israel and the West imposed a boycott on the Hamas-led government after it took office in March, demanding that the Islamic militants recognize Israel, renounce violence and accept previous peace accords. The workers haven't been paid since then. On Sunday, 90,000 workers and their families joined the ranks of 635,000 other impoverished Gazans, dependent on the United Nations Relief Works Agency for basic food products. Previously, government workers were not eligible for the food aid because of their steady income. Nestle to buy Jenny Craig for $600 million VEVEY, Switzerland (AP) — In a twist in corporate synergy, chocolate-maker Nestle AG said today it will fatten up its weight- loss business by buying Jenny Craig Inc. for $600 million. The acquisition follows Nestle's purchase for around $670 million last month of Uncle Tobys, an Australian maker of nutritional cereals and snacks, and is part of the company's "continuing commitment to nutrition, health and wellness," the Swiss company said in a statement. While best known for its namesake chocolates, Nestle is the world's largest food and drinks company, making baby formulas, nutrition foods such as PowerBar, drinks to aid weight loss and the Lean Cuisine line. The company's purchase of Jenny Craig follows the lead of con- '. sumer products company Unilever, which bought both Ben & Jerry's ice cream and Slim Fast in 2000. If you do not receive your paper by 5:00 p.m. in Hays, 6:00 p.m. outside of Hays, Monday through 'Friday or by 7:00 a.m. on Sunday ... or if api-Oblem' persists and you are unable to work it out with your carrier, we would like to know about it. Please call our Circulation Department at ... 785-628-1081 or Toll Free 800-657-6017 8:00 A.M. TO 7:00 P.M. MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY 7:00 A.M. TO 10:00 A.M. SUNDAY We will do our best to get the problem resolved as quickly as possible. To Your Friends And Family Know a friend or family member who does not receive the Hays Daily News? Let us know about them, and you will receive a one-month extension on your subscription for every new paid newspaper subscription. So, spread the news about the new-and-improved Hays Daily News. 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