ELSEWHERE Saturday, September 20,2003 — Page 8 News from the nation, world Briefs By The Associated Press Train smashes into bus, killing 27 MULTAN, Pakistan — A train slammed into a bus in central Pakistan today, killing 27 people and injuring six, police said. The accident occurred in the town of Malikwal as the bus was trying to cross the railway tracks, local police chief Waqar Haider said. All of the victims were on the bus. He said 24 men and three children were killed. Haider said the railway crossing did not have a gate or lights to warn vehicles of oncoming trains. The wounded were taken from the site of the crash to hospitals in the nearby town of Mandi Bhawaldin, he said. Bomb victim gets married in hospital JAKARTA, Indonesia — A victim in last month's bombing of Jakarta's J.W. Marriott hotel married his fiancde today in a hospita where he is being treated for burns from the attack. Febby Firmansyah, a 26- year-old marketing officer, married Delli Ratna Sari, in the burns unit of Jakarta's Pertamina Hospital. Firmansyah was about to have lunch with colleagues when a car bomb exploded outside the hotel Aug. 5, killing 12 people and injuring 150 others. He was burned over 40 percent of his body. The couple had been planning to marry Aug. 16. Panel: Steel tariffs did little harm WASHINGTON — Steep tariffs on imported steel imposed 18 months ago have not significantly hurt small steel-consuming businesses, a federal trade panel concluded in a report released Friday that could reinforce President Bush's re-election strategy. Many steel consumers "had difficulty distinguishing between the effects of the (tariff) safeguard measures and other changes in market conditions," the U.S. International Trade Commission stated in its report. Steel distributors and product producers "generally reported that they expected no change or positive results from continuation of the safeguards and no change or negative results from termination of the safeguard measures," the report said. Bush imposed the tariffs on certain kinds of foreign- made steel in March 2002. Davis wants quick recall election SAN FRANCISCO — Gov. Gray Davis, buoyed by a week of appearances with heavyweight Democrats, cast his support for a quick recall election after a federal appeals court agreed to rethink postponing the ballot. Davis' call Friday to bring on the Oct. 7 election defies conventional wisdom that he would benefit from a drawn- out process that would give him a chance to demonstrate his leadership skills. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals announced Friday it would reconsider a three-judge panel's ruling to postpone the vote, extending the uncertainty that has overshadowed the campaign. "Let's just have this election on Oct. 7, put this recall behind us so we can get on with governing the state of California," Davis said. Grant awarded to improve mine land JOHNSTOWN, Pa. — The Cambria County Conservation and Recreation Authority has received a grant of $1.2 million to reclaim 18 acres of mine land nearWatldns, Barr Township. The money comes from the state's Growing Greener initiative, which issued $37.4 million to groups across Pennsylvania. Prime minister of Japan re-elected By AUDREY MCAVOY Associated Press Writer TOKYO — Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi easily wort reelection as head of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party today and called it a mandate for his pledges of tightened spending, deregulation and privatization. The silver-haired leader, wildly popular with the public, won handily over his three challengers. Shizuka Kamei, a senior party executive, was a distant second. "This election comes at a time of great change for the party," Koizumi said. "This was an election to prove this party is the party of the people, and of-promoting reforms." Having held the premier's post for 2 l h. years, the victory also cements his role as one of the longest-serving Japanese leaders over the past 25 years. During that time, Japan has had 14 premiers. The party president usually serves concurrently as prime minister because of the LDP's dominant role in Parliament. Underscoring his solid support, Koizumi won 399 of the 657 party votes — 260 more than his closest rival. The election includes 357 ballots cast by the LDP's members of Parliament and 300 calculated to reflect the votes of the party's 1.4 million rank-and-file members. Analysts say the results should embolden Koizumi to push ahead with his revitalization plans with greater vigor. They had been opposed by members of his own party, who said they were doing little to recharge the economy. The party's rallying behind him on Saturday indicated infighting could be on the wane. "Lawmakers realize the public backs him, so they should too," said Harumi Arima, a political analyst and former LDP political aide. At a news conference to kick off his new three-year term, Koizumi said he would appoint new LDP party officers on Sunday and announce a new Cabinet on Monday. Koizumi is expected to replace his finance minister, who is in poor health, and the foreign and education ministers. He reportedly plans to keep his top spokesman, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yasuo Fukuda, and his economic policy minister, Heizo Takenaka, whose crackdown ori banks has been criticized by lawmakers but lauded by foreign investors. Koizumi's popularity with the general public has drawn many LDP lawmakers to his camp, particularly as the party prepares for parliamentary elections in the coming months. Koizumi has the power to call elections for Parliament, and is reportedly consid- Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, center front row, cheered following his re-election as president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party at party headquarters in Tokyo today. (AP photo) ering doing so in early November. The election focused on Koizumi's efforts to breathe life into the economy, which has struggled through a slowdown for most of the past decade. Koizumi has pushed for deregulation and privatization of government institutions like the post office, and stood by government spending limits. Supporters say he needs more time to complete his reforms, and point to government figures released last week showing that the economy grew at an annualized rate of 3.9 percent in the most recent quarter — faster than the 2.4 percent posted by the United States. Earthquake hits Tokyo TOKYO (AP) — A strong earthquake rocked the Tokyo area today, injuring at least seven people and causing minor damage to some buildings. The quake, which had a.pre- liminary magnitude of 5.5 and was centered just east of Tokyo, was strong enough to sway buildings in the capital. Though damage appeared to be light, Japan's Kyodo news service reported a temple wall collapsed, injuring seven people. Japan's public broadcaster, NHK, had initially warned that. the quake could cause tsuna- •• mi, potentially dangerous; ocean waves caused by seis-.-, ; mic activity. But Japan's Cen- ;t ; tral Meteorological Agency • quickly announced that was 5 , unlikely. According to the me- ( teorological agency, the epi- .••• center of the quake was in the; , province of Chiba, which lies on Tokyo's eastern border, at a ; depth of about 50 miles. _j The shaking lasted about 30 seconds in Tokyo. ; Iraqi politician shot, wound is critical ByTAREKAL-ISSAWI Associated Press Writer BAGHDAD, 'Iraq — Aquila al- Hashimi, a member of Iraq's Governing Council, was shot and critically wounded today in an assassination attempt outside her home in western Baghdad, police and doctors said., Al-Hashimi was in critical condition with abdominal wounds, a doctor at al-Yarmouk hospital said on condition of anonymity. After surgery she was moved to an unspecified location in a convoy of American armored vehicles and military ambulances. Three of her bodyguards also were injured, said Mohammed Abdul Ghany, a security official at the al-Yarmouk hospital. Members of al-Hashimi's security detail said the attack was carried out by men in two new SUVs. They fired rocket-propelled grenades that missed her car, then opened fire with Kalashnikov assault rifles. A neighbor, Khola Ibrahim, said she was in her kitchen when she "heard shooting, very heavy shooting." Another neighbor, Saba Adel, said al-Hashimi's brother — who acted as one of her bodyguards — knocked on her door crying Isabel leaves flooding By JULIE HALENAR Associated Press Writer BALTIMORE — The floodwaters of Isabel ebbed away from city streets and suburban docks across the Mid-Atlantic, but millions of people remained without power and faced the drudgery of cleaning out basements and yards over the weekend. Isabel raced into Canada on Friday, dumping less rain and packing less of a punch than expected. By the time it reached the frontier, it had shriveled from a 100 mph hurricane into a 30 mph tropical depression. Despite its rapid weakening, the storm caused at least 18 deaths and potentially billions of dollars in damage. Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Michael Brown warned that Isabel's flooding threat may be a delayed reaction. "Because Isabel moved through so quickly, we're going to see some blue skies and people will think it's all over with. But indeed we still have a very good chance of some flash flooding. We will still have some rivers that continue to creep up on their banks and overspill," Brown said. out "My sister, my sister!" Saba Adel said she saw another bodyguard lying on the sidewalk wounded in the arm and leg. "He looked in terrible condition," she said. An Iraqi security official said al- Hashimi was brought to the hospital at about 10:30 a.m. and immediately was. taken to surgery for a bullet wound in the left side of her abdomen. She was then taken to an unknown location in a U.S. military ambulance while still unconscious, said the official, who would not give his name. "We will catch those responsible for this vicious crime," Ghany said. Al-Hashimi is one of three women on the 25-member council. She was preparing to leave for New York as part of an Iraqi delegation that wUl attempt to assume Iraq's seat at the U.N. General Assembly. Al-Hashimi is a Shiite Muslim and a career diplomat who led the Iraqi delegation to a donors' conference in New York this summer. She holds a degree in law and a doctorate in modern literature. It was the latest in a string of attacks on figures perceived to be collaborating with Iraq's American occupiers. U;M role wanted in By COLLEEN BARRY Associated Press Writer y* ^'* y*Y^ ^'f^ !j ^ > ^ t BERBENf -^ph V. i""" _jl»Sa«si , _ t* Germany, France and Britain; Billed for a $ignificani l£&.'.r role in Iraq and a quick transfer of power to the Iraqis.' But at a hastily arranged summit today, they disagreed on a timetable for handing over authority. The summit — the first between' the three leaders since splitting over the Iraq war — was aimed at showing European unity as the United Nations debates a new U.S. draft resolution on Iraq. , The draft calls for nations to send money and troops to help rebuild Iraq, but many countries— particularly France and Germany — want it to give the United Nations more authority in the country and'lay out a timetable for transferring power to the Iraqis, possibly within months. After their two-hour summit, German Chancellor Gerhard Schrpeder said he and France's acques Chirac and Britain's? *-'-*- jBlaiEfy»greed on- ther the .United ^tionsaf? -„ .,. ..-rote.and to work.tolj* getheF'tp^ifaak.e possible a;' transfer of political responsibility to an Iraqi authority as , , quickly as possible," . . . "We are of the opinion that it is the task of the international' community 'to give.*,Iraq the chance" for democracy and stability^ Schroeder said: ' However, with aIJ.N. General Assembly meeting just days away)h New York, where President Bush'was expected. to v . present his strategy on Iraq, .the leaders did not present a timetable or any, details '. on how they envision a transition. Chirac .indicated continued disagreement • , Th& leaders stiff "don't entirely agree on.the means .and „ the timetable,'' said the French president, who again insisted the transition of power to Iraqi authorities must be made in a matter of months. , Sharon Twiddy took a picture of a house Friday, in Kitty Hawk, N.C., offer Hurricane Isabel hit the area Thursday. (AP photo) Gary and Kate Hathaway, who live off a cove on Middle River in Baltimore County, said they would probably need to re-landscape their backyard — ruined by flooding that covered their back porch — and possibly make foundation repairs to their home. "When it blew in, it landed in our backyard," Kate Hathaway said. "Our house was like a moat." She said she could hear their pier, as well as pieces from other piers,' hitting their home during Thursday's storm. President Bush has declared federal disasters in Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina. Delaware officials say they probably would make a disaster request next week. In all, about 6 million people from North Carolina to New York lost power from Isabel—1.6 million of them in southeastern and central Virginia, where uprooted trees and downed power lines closed hundreds of highways and secondary roads. Debris was scattered everywhere. Long lines spilled around gasoline stations that managed to stay open. By late Friday, nearly 1.3 million Virginians were still without electricity. A quarter-million people remained without power in North Carolina, and outages were widespread in other Mid- Adantic states. Along North Carolina's Outer Banks, where Isabel first made land Thursday, Friday's brilliant sunshine brought the first real glimpse of the destruction. In the town of Kitty Hawk alone, at least three fishing piers crumbled into the surf and about 25 oceanfront homes were destroyed or ripped from their foundations. Fashion f week wraps up By FRANCINE PARNES For The Associated Press : "•' "if.. NEW YORK — Next spring's woman of fashion will wear i a skirt that is very narrow (unless it is very wide), a palette that as bright (unless it is brown) and looks that are feminine, soft and sheer (unless they are sporty). In an eclectic season with trends all over the style map, th£. spring 2004 Fashion Week previews wrapped up on Friday with 1 no single consensus, but many options for women's wardrobesja Designers are opting for soft draping, wrapping, rows of rufr fles, embroidery, pleated skirts and billowy dresses with gauzy layers. But there are also bows decorating belts, shoes and' dresses. High-heeled, pointy- ', toed pumps are the ubiquitous' footwear, even accessorizing' shorts and short pants. On the! sheer side, wear Calvin Klein's!' transparent silk knit skirts if you! dare.' :*ii Spring 2004 also promises to' be a season when underwear! comes out from under wraps. On. the mild side are.a hand-embroidered bustier from Carmen Marc Valvo and a color-blocked busti-, erfromBCBG. ^, More wild are Anne' Klein's blouses open to the midriff, revealing bras in a contrasting color. Michael Kors envisions his, customer wearing a yellow casrff mere bra as a top with a matcnt} ing scarf and blue jeans, aiidj Donna Karan sent out skirts and. jackets with bras in leather od stretch jersey. It may be a notion best left on the runway. But spring also looks sportyj this year. Men's tank tops andj button-down shirts are the look from Calvin Klein, complement-! ing the double-breasted menswear pantsuits one can reliably expect every season from BillBlass. And Ralph Lauren, who has built an empire by merchandis-! ing an uppercrust world of fanta-l sy, takes his cue from the well-* heeled world of tennis, polo,; cricket and fencing. A cream! Ralph Lauren dress with a V-neck' bordered in black resembles an elongated tennis sweater. Colt and track shoes are reworked!' into his black and white stilettosJ! and don't forget to complete the 1 sporting look with his driving] gloves. Expect spring to roll in with a blaze of color. How about a Ralph Lauren pantsuit in lavender, with a satin shirt in yellow, and a pocket square in orange? And. that's not all the orange you will 1 see, since it blankets everything from dresses to pants and jack.-.) ets. An orange bra at Tommy Hit* figer is two trends in one. '!m'.
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