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Wednesday, June 21, 2006
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A6 THE HAYS DAILY NEWS IHTHINITIONAL WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21,2006 Japan agrees to lift ban on U.S. beef TOKYO (AP) — Japan agreed today to lift a ban on U.S. beef imports, pending inspections of U.S. meat processing plants to dispel concerns over mad cow disease, the Agriculture Ministry said. The breakthrough resolves a thorny, long- running trade dispute between the allies, and gives U.S. ranchers access to what was once their most lucrative export market. "Japan agreed to resume U.S. beef imports on the condition that we find no further problems during onsite inspections," said Agriculture Ministry official Hiroaki Ogura. U.S. Ambassador Thomas Schieffer welcomed the conditional agreement, saying he was hopeful the outcome would lead to an import resumption. American beef shipments to Japan were halted in January after Japanese officials found a veal shipment that contained backbone, which Asian countries consider at risk for mad cow disease. The cuts are eaten in the United States and other countries, but Japan's rules are stricter. Opposition party leaders and consumer groups criticized today's decision as hasty. The Japan Consumers Union said it was reached for political reasons without regard for food safety or consumer health. Social Democratic Party leader Mizuho Fukushima characterized the decision as "a souvenir" for Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi to give President George Bush when he visits the U.S. later this month, according to Kyodo News agency. The two leaders are scheduled to meet in Washington, D.C., on June 29 and travel to Elvis Presley's Graceland home in Memphis, Tenn., the next day. Kyodo reported the inspections are meant to ensure that U.S. processing facilities conform with Japanese food safety guidelines. Officials from Japan's health and agriculture ministries will inspect 35 meatpacking plants certified to ship beef to Japan to see if they are complying with export requirements, Kyodo said citing government officials. Public broadcaster NHK said Japan might dispatch inspectors to the United States later this week. Only facilities whose safeguards meet Japanese standards will be authorized to export to Japan, the report said. Japanese officials will also be allowed to accompany U.S. counterparts on spot inspections of U.S. facilities, it added. The accord requires the U.S. to conduct the inspections. The deal was worked out via a video conference directed by Japanese Agriculture Ministry's consumption safety director, Hiroshi Nakagawa, and his U.S. Agriculture Department counterpart, Chuck Lambert, deputy undersecretary for marketing and regulatory programs. At stake was a trading relationship worth millions of dollars to the U.S. beef industry. Japan's market was worth $1.4 billion annually when it banned American beef in response to the first U.S. case of mad cow disease in 2003. Lawyer for Saddam abducted, killed Military expects offensive push to last months KABUL; Afghanistan (AP) — Southern Afghanistan will see "significant fighting" for several months as coalition troops push ahead with a major offensive to crush a resurgent Taliban force, the U.S. military said today The warning came a day after coalition and Afghan forces raided a Taliban meeting in the southern Helmand province, killing 20 insurgents, the Afghan military said. Separately, coalition soldiers accidentally fired on an unmarked police car at a checkpoint in eastern Kunar province, killing three policemen and wounding three, said Col. Tom Collins, a U.S. military spokesman. Operation Mountain Thrust began in earnest last week with more than 10,000 Afghan, British, Canadian and American troops deploying throughout four southern provinces in the largest military operation since the Taliban regime was ousted by U.S.-led forces in 2001. More than 600 people, mostly militants, have been killed in the past month as insurgents have , launched their deadliest caijn^- ^ paignjof violence in years. At least 10" coalition soldiers have been killed in combat since mid- May. "People should expect significant fighting in certain areas of the south over the coming months," Collins said during a press briefing in the capital, Kabul. "That's the whole purpose of Mountain Thrust... to go into the area where the government doesn't have a presence right now and take the threat out of those areas," he said. Summer celebration SANG TAN / Associated Press Thousands of revelers gather today at Stonehenge, near Salisbury, England, to celebrate the summer solstice, the time at which the sun is at its northernmost point in the sky in the Northern Hemisphere. Bush says Iran dragging its feet on response VIENNA, Austria (AP) — fit George Bush today jv 'ftafr of dragging M ** feet on a Western incentive package aimed at getting Tehran to suspend uranium enrichment activity. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said earlier today that his country will respond by mid-August to the proposals presented to Tehran in early June by EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana. If Iran accepts the offer, it has to suspend its uranium enrichment — a process that can pro- duce material for nuclear genera, tflr|o£b<)mbs. ; '"' * '''W^ll'-gome to the table when they verifiably suspend. Period," Bush said at an annual U.S.-European Union summit here. He said that the mid-August timetable "seems like an awfully long time" to wait for an answer. "It shouldn't take the Iranians that long to analyze what's a reasonable deal," Bush said. Chancellor Wolfgang Schues- sel stressed U.S.-European cooperation in various areas, including the efforts to persuade Iran to give up its nuclear ambitions. SALES - SERVICE PARTS i S0wln f $f Iflftft ; New Hoiffev^rt^r • Necchi • Repair most brands Vacuums, ", Hoover • Eureka Kirby • Riccar • Royal Panasonic • Oreck Hays Vacuum and Sewing Center 620 E. 8th 625-6026 Four Seasons Silks & Gift s > II 1 Year Anniversary fe Celebration ** 20-50 % off of selected items Refreshments served Friday, June 23 10:QO . 5 . 30 Saturday, June 24 r 'SWe are located IritteJitof theNorthridgeflazf ' Four Seasons would like to thank you for the opportunity to f serve you in Hays and the surrounding area. 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"We strongly condemn this act and we condemn the killings done by the Interior Ministry forces against Iraqis," he said. The Interior Ministry had no comment on the claim. Chief prosecutor Jaafar al- Moussawi confirmed that al- Obeidi had been killed, although he did not provide any details. A photo of al-Obeidi provided by police showed his face, head and shoulders drenched in blood. "We will defy terrorism," al- Moussawi told The Associated Press. "We will continue with the trial and will not be deterred," he said, noting that members of the defense team had turned down an offer to live with their families in Baghdad's heavily protected Green Zone, home to the Iraqi government, parliament and the U.S. Embassy A parked car bomb exploded near an ice cream shop in the Baghdad neighborhood of Sadr City, killing at least three people and wounding eight, police Capt. Sattar Jabar said. It was the second attack in as many days in the sprawling Shiite district in eastern Baghdad. The violence came a day after the U.S. military recovered the bodies of two missing soldiers from an area south of Baghdad that it said was rigged with explosives. A senior Iraqi defense official, Maj. Gen. Abdul-Aziz Mohammed, said the bodies showed signs of torture. The Mujahedeen Shura Council, an umbrella organization of five insurgent groups, claimed the new leader of al-Qaida in Iraq executed the men personally, but it offered no evidence. The U.S. military did not confirm whether the soldiers died from wounds suffered in an attack Friday or were kidnapped and later killed. The Mujahedeen Shura Council also said in an Internet statement today that it has decided to kill four kidnapped Russian Embassy workers. The statement's authenticity could not be determined. It did not offer evidence that the group was holding the Russians or say whether they had been killed. The group said Moscow had not met demands to fully withdraw its troops from the war-torn region of Chechnya. The four embassy workers were abducted June 3 in an attack on their car that killed a fifth Russian. In Moscow, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Mikhail Kamynin called on the kidnappers to spare the lives of the captives. "We once again strongly urge not to take an irreparable step and preserve the lives of our people," Kamynin said in a statement. ROBBEN Insurance, Inc. Long Term Care Insurance 416 Main Street* P.O.Box 85 Fax 785-735-9306 1-800-597-5208 Susan Robben-Karlin Res. 785-625-0019 iSAVE EVEN MORE WITH 4 FREE ONLINE COUPONS! 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