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B4 THE HAYS DAILY NEWS iNTERN/mONAl THURSDAY, JUNE 29,2006 Mexican candidates end campaigns Calderon Polls show 2 in close race for president MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's presidential candidates wrapped up months of mudslinging with final campaign rallies Wednesday, with left-leaning Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and conservative Felipe Calderon locked in a tight race. Lopez Obrador, a former Mexico City mayor, chose Mexico City's main square for his final appeal to voters, while Calderon of President Vicente Fox's National Action Party went to one of his party's bastions, conservative Jalisco state. At the center of Sunday's vote are twin realities: Mexico's vast inequalities and the newfound economic stability that has allowed many families to have homes, mortgages and new cars for the first time. The election will determine whether Mexico joins Latin America's rising tide of charismatic leftist leaders or continues on a path of fiscal conservatism and unbridled free trade. The sharp contrasts "are the result of an economic model that, even if it isn't worn out yet, has caused social tensions" between the rich and the poor, political analyst Oscar Aguilar said. Final polls, published last week, showed Calderon running about even with Lopez Obrador, of the leftist Democratic Revolu- tion Party. Wednesday was the last legal campaign day before a four-day period in which candidates are prohibited from making statements. Lopez Obrador, 53, promised "to put the poor first" by establishing universities with open enrollment, creating pensions and cash-support programs for the poor and elderly, and protecting the country's agriculture sector by refusing to follow a clause of the North American Free Trade Agreement with the United States and Canada. Sunday's elections "will demonstrate that money doesn't always win out over the morality and dignity of the people," he said. But he also sought to reassure markets by pledging financial restraint and to control inflation. "The economy will be handled with technical policies, not ideology ... we will not cause any (economic) crisis," he told over 100,000 supporters in square. For months, Lopez Obrador has sought to distance himself from the "leftist tide" in the region and resisted the Calderon campaign's frequent efforts to compare him to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, an anti- American socialist known for his angry rhetoric. Calderon, who trusts markets to keep living standards rising, waved a Mexican flag in the rain as he wrapped up his campaign in the western state of Jalisco, where he first announced his candidacy. "There is no tomorrow gentlemen, tomorrow will be decided on Sunday," said Calderon from Guadalajara, the country's sec- Nations want answer from Iran VICTOR R. CAIVANO / Associated Press Manuel Lopez Obrador, presidential candidate of Mexico's Democratic Revolutionary Party, gestures to thousands of supporters as he arrives Wednesday in Mexico City for his final rally. ond-largest city. "I invite Mexico to think of the future." Calderon and business groups that support him accuse Lopez Obrador of offering a return to the overspending and big government that caused frequent economic crises of the past. "Lopez Obrador is a danger to Mexico" was a favorite Calderon campaign slogan. Calderon, 43, wants to encour- Bombings, shootings kill a dozen in Iraq BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) — A trash collector and the head of security for Baghdad University were slain today — targets of the unrelenting violence in Iraq that the prime minister says'can be ended by bringing insurgents into the political process. And at least six other deaths were reported in the capital, including two merchants, a baker, an electrical worker and a woman sitting in her car with three of her sons, who were wounded. Police also found the body of a man who had been blindfolded, handcuffed and shot in the head in western Baghdad. The violence came a day after insurgent and government officials said 11 militant groups have offered an immediate halt to all attacks — including those on American troops — if the United States agrees to withdraw foreign forces from Iraq in two years. Withdrawal is the centerpiece of a set of demands from the groups, which operate north of . Baghdad in the heavily. Sunni Arab provinces of Salahuddin and Diyala. Although much of the fighting has been to the west, those provinces are increasingly violent and attacks there have crippled oil and commerce routes. The trash collector, a Shiite, was gunned down in a drive-by shooting early today in western Baghdad, police Capt. Jamil Hussein said. Gunmen in a civilian car also intercepted a car carrying Kadhim Challoub, who was in charge of the guards at Baghdad University, ordered his driver and his guard out, then killed the security chief on the eastern side of the capital, according to police Lt. Mohammad Khayoun. A roadside bomb aimed at a police patrol in northern Baghdad missed its target but killed one civilian and wounded another. Elsewhere, gunmen on a motorr. cycle killed a policeman and attackers firing from a car shot to death a 34-year-old man working in a construction equipment shop in separate attacks in the Shiite holy city of Karbala, 50 miles south of Baghdad, health officials said. Iraqi police in the northern city of Kirkuk found the body of a 15-year-old girl who had been kidnapped five days ago, Brig. Sarhat Qadir said. Highlighting the government's efforts to rein in the violence and take over control of its own security from U.S. forces, Interior Minister Jawad al-Bolani led a celebration at the police academy in Baghdad to swear in 560 newly graduated recruits. age investment by creating a trade route that ran from the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific, making it easier to receive raw materials from Asia and assemble products for the U.S. and European markets. "I will be an inclusive president," he told a crowd of about 1,000 earlier Wednesday in the small, western city of Zamora in his home state of Michoacan. Vietnam's new president wants closer ties with U.S. HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam's new president said today he will push for closer relations with the United States and China, signaling he is ready to play a more active role in a position that has largely been ceremonial. "With President (George) Bush as well as President Hu Jintao, we will discuss (measures) to strengthen bilateral relations and make the relations increasingly closer for mutual development," President Nguyen Minh Triet told reporters. Legislators on Tuesday elected Triet, 63, the Communist Party chief for the southern commercial hub of Ho Chi Minh City, as the new president. He is known as an economic reformer and has a reputation for fighting corruption. Triet said his first challenge would come in November when . Coalition to address nuclear program in July MOSCOW (AP) — The United States, Russia and other industrial democracies said today they expect Iran to answer "yes" or "no" next week to an international offer to bargain over Tehran's disputed nuclear program. "We are disappointed in the absence of an official Iranian response to this positive proposal," said a statement from foreign ministers of the Group of Eight industrial nations. "We expect to hear a clear and substantive Iranian response to these proposals" at the meeting scheduled Wednesday between the European Union's foreign minister and Iran's nuclear negotiator. The international coalition that made the offer to Iran this month "wiD assess the situation before mid-July," the statement said. Leaders of the Group of Eight industrial nations will meet in Russia on July 15 to 17, and are expected to consider the Iran situation. The G-8 diplomats also condemned the abduction of an Israeli soldier in the Gaza Strip and asked the Palestinian government to "take immediate measures" to free him. The group asked Israel "to exercise utmost restraint in the current crisis. The detention of elected members of the Palestinian government and Legislature raises particular concern." The United States has not issued its own separate response, but Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice signed on to the joint statement, which is a coded criticism of Israel. At a news conference following lengthy meetings with the diplomats from Russia, Germany, the United Kingdom, the United States, Italy, France, Canada and Japan, Rice noted the call for restraint from Israel. On Iran, the G-8 diplomats called Tehran's nuclear program "a source of international concern," and endorsed the offer to Iran to accept economic incentives in return for swearing off disputed aspects of the program, which Tehran claims is peaceful 'An agreement of this sort would allow the Iranian people to enjoy the benefits of modern civil nuclear power and would bring Iran many other long-term political and economic advantages," the G-8 ministers' statement said. "We are disappointed in the absence of an official Iranian response to this positive proposal," the statement said. The ministers also discussed world hotspots including North Korea, Iraq, Afghanistan and the Balkans. And they issued a call to international donors for new aid. On Iraq, they offered support to the new permanent Iraqi government and commended its new national reconciliation initiative, which some U.S. politicians have criticized as too accommodating toward insurgents. Russian Prime Minster Sergey Lavrov did not directly respond to a question about whether United Nations economic sanctions would follow if Iran fails to reply or rejects the proposed bargain. Russian and China, permanent veto-holding members of the UN. Security Council, have opposed harsh measures for their commercial partner Tehran in the past, but U.S. diplomats say those nations are expected to cooperate if the Iran case gets that far. Briefs Vietnam hosts the 21-member Asia Pacific Cooperation summit in Hanoi. Bush and Hu are expected to attend. He said once Vietnam enters the World Trade Organization, expected later this year, the country would be forced to work harder to compete internationally. Israeli forces arrest Hamas Cabinet ministers GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli troops rounded up dozens of ministers and lawmakers from the Palestinians' ruling Hamas party today while forging ahead with a military campaign in Gaza meant to win the release of an Israeli soldier held by Hamas gunmen. The body of a kidnapped 18- year-old Jewish settler who was shot in the head was found in the West Bank, Israeli security offi- cials said. Palestinian militants said they killed Eliahu Asheri, whose body was found buried near the West Bank city of Ra- mallah. Israeli aircraft targeted a car '. carrying Palestinian militants in, Gaza City, the Israeli military said, but witnesses said the missile missed the vehicle and Mahdi Dahdouh, an Islamic Jihad activist, escaped from the car. Another unidentified person was wounded, hospital officials said. On Wednesday, Israeli warplanes also buzzed the summer home of Syria's president, Bashar Assad, who harbors the i hard-line Hamas leaders who Is- ! rael says ordered the kidnapping. Sunday's capture of the Israeli soldier, Cpl. Gilad Shalit by ; Hamas' military wing and two affiliated groups, and Israel's subsequent military incursion into . Gaza, threatened to bring the two\ sides to the brink of all-out war. ' TT THE HAYS —- -——i ' • ' ™Km$m When You Place Your Next Garase Sale Ad, Let Us Know In Which Zone Your Garage Sale Is Located, We Will List Garage Sales According To Zones A, B, C & D As Indicated In The Map At The Right. Garage Sales Outside Of Hays City Limits Will Be Indicated As North (N), South (S), East (E) or West (W)

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