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Saturday, May 25, 2002 World The Index-Journal, Greenwood, S.C. 7A After back-to-hack attacks, Israelis raid West Bank camp WORLD DIGEST By The Associated Italian climber oldest to scale Everest JERUSALEM (AP) Israeli soldiers on Friday raided a West Bank refugee camp a stronghold of Palestinian militants following back-to-back attacks on Israel's largest fuel depot, a pedestrian mall and a nightclub. As fighting persisted, an adviser to Yasser Arafat said the Palestinian leader will hold general elections this winter, but only if Israeli troops pull back to positions they held before the outbreak of fighting in September 2000. Israeli forces, however, looked poised to stay in the West Bank. Israel TV's Channel Two reported that the army has been given a green light to launch a new military campaign, including raids into Palestinian cities that could last for several days.

Raanan Gissin, an adviser to Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, said he was not aware of government approval for a new offensive. In the Tulkarem refugee camp in the northern West Bank, Palestinian militiamen ambushed Israeli soldiers riding atop an armored personnel carrier at the camp's entrance, wounding two soldiers. In the hail of gunfire, one of the sol- AP photo man tried to attack a Tel Aviv nightclub early Friday. Israeli police examine the wreckage of a car destroyed by an explosion when a Palestinian the exchange of fire. Israeli troops imposed a curfew in Tulkarem.

Israeli soldiers have been carrying out daily arrest raids in Palestinian areas following a recent military offensive aimed at dismantling militant groups that have launched scores of bombing and shooting attacks against Israelis. A brief lull in attacks ended this week. In a third attack in 28 hours, a Palestinian militant drove a bomb-laden car at high speed toward a Tel Aviv night club early Friday, but was shot and killed by a security guard. The assailant tried to blow up the Studio 49 club in Tel Aviv, where about 200 people were partying at about 1 a.m. diets feU from the vehicle, said a Palestinian gunman, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The Israeli army said one soldier was killed. Tank gunners fired shells and machine guns, and four Palestinians were wounded, including a woman and a 4-year-old child, Palestinian doctors said. The Israeli military confirmed KATMANDU, Nepal A 66-year-old Italian man scaled Mount Everest on Friday, becoming the oldest person to climb the world's highest mountain, according to the China Tibet Mountaineering 'Association. i Mario Curnis, whose hometown was not known, reached the 1 summit Friday morning with another Italian climber, i Simone Morro, and Nepali Sherpa guide Ang Mingma. It was Ming-ma's third time on the summit.

They reached the peak from the northern side of the mountain in Tibet, and details reaching Katmandu were sketchy. Curnis' feat breaks the record set by Japanese climber Tomiyasu Ishikawa, of Nagoya, who scaled the peak last week at the age of 65 I years and five months. U.N. forum of indigenous peoples ends UNITED NATIONS Representatives of the world's indigenous I peoples called for respect and treatment as equal members of the community on Friday, at the conclusion of their first official forum at the United Nations. Ole Henrik Magga, the forum's chairman, said the session marked many years of hope by the world's indigenous peoples that their voices would be heard.

"This has been the dream of our peoples for so many years, to be equals with the other peoples of the world," said Magga, of the Saami people of Norway, Finland, Sweden and Russia. "We are the poorest of the poor and we are the most vulnerable people on this I globe. We need your help, your understanding and your protection." The meetings dealt with topics as diverse as intellectual property rights and land confiscation, and called for improvements in the areas of human rights and environmental protection, as well as greater respect for traditional knowledge and medicines. Police warn of possible attack in Ottawa TORONTO A synagogue or other gathering place for Ottawa's Jewish community could be attacked in June, police and city officials warned Friday. A security advisory issued by Ottawa police said unconfirmed 'information about a possible attack "raised a serious enough concern" to warn the public.

City police and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police were unable to either confirm or disprove the threat. No details were made public 'except that the threat involved a possible synagogue attack in June. i Plans for nuclear reactor in Finland OHM HELSINKI, Finland Finnish lawmakers on Friday approved plans to build a fifth nuclear reactor in what will be the first expan-' sion of atomic power in a European Union nation in a decade. Lawmakers in the 200-seat Parliament voted 107 to 92 to approve the plans. The speaker abstained.

Bosnian Serb pleads innocent to charges THE HAGUE, Netherlands A Bosnian Serb accused of tortur-I ing, raping and murdering prisoners in Bosnian detention camps pleaded innocent Friday to 46 counts of war crimes. Dusan, "Dusko," Knezevic, 34, is accused of atrocities in the Bosnian Serb-run Omarska and Keraterm camps, where thousands of 'detainees were beaten, starved, sexually abused and many were killed in 1992 during the Bosnian war. Knezevic surrendered in Banja Luka, Bosnia, on Saturday, and was transferred to the war crimes tribunal's detention unit in The Hague. Fire in shoe factory kills at least 40 in India NEW DELHI, India A fire engulfed a shoe factory in northern India on Friday, killing at least 40 people and injuring several others, 'news reports said. The death toll could rise as many people were feared trapped inside the factory in Agra, 110 miles southeast of New Delhi, United (News of India quoted Mahesh Kumar Gupta, the top government administrator, as saying.

The news agency said an electrical short-circuit caused die fire. Army and air force fire engines joined efforts to extinguish the fire and rescue those trapped inside the building. Coalition raids compound in Afghanistan; one killed Working less, dying more is latest trend in Japanese labor TOKYO (AP) Working less, dying more is the latest trend in Japanese labor. The ranks of weary Japanese businessmen, red-eyed shop owners and worn-out professionals being worked to death reached a record high last year, according to government figures released this week. But in a land where hard work is a virtue and dedication to the company often means midnight overtime, people actually are working less than ever of Japan's sagging economy, which is fighting through, its third recession in a decade.

Companies are cutting back on shifts to trim labor costs and streamlining their assembly lines to chum out more work In less time. rr, Yet rising unemployment only has increased the onus of making ends meet and more people are becoming aware of cases of overwork and reporting V. "It's a vicious circle said Masahiko Okudaira, a doctor who advises victims of overwork. "It's not only a medical problem, but a social problem partly, related to the economy." Since first being recognized by the Health Min-i vy in 1987, death from overwork, known here as "karoshi has steadily increased from 21 cases then to 143 last year. From brain aneurisms to strokes and heart attacks, karoshi strikes a wide range of people, but factory workers, doctors and taxi drivers are hit the hardest.

It sometimes is triggered by logging as irumy as 50 overtime hours one wecL ing sanctuary to senior Taliban andor al-Qaida leadership," Roper said, "Based on that intelligence, we decided to take action," he said. "Several people attempting to flee the area fired at coalition forces, who responded appropriately, killing one. Almost 50 people were taken into custody." Roper said experts were evaluating the confiscated items. "Since we are conducting interrogations and we are evaluating intelligence information, I don't want to put a value on it yet until we completed that information gathering that interrogation," he said. There may have been more people in the compound than the 50 men taken into custody, possibly including women, O'Connor said.

"This mission demonstrates the coalition's resolve to root out terrorists here and help set the conditions that allow the Afghans to help themselves," Roper said. Five people were killed and more than 30 captured in a similar raid north of Kandahar on May 1 2. The U.S. military has not finished processing those detainees. Thursday's attack came as British commanders said al-Qaida and Taliban fighters who have not gathered in large forces since a major battle with the coalition in March are expected to turn to smaller insurgency tactics.

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) Coalition soldiers got into a shootout early Friday after they raided a compound intelligence sources said was a refuge for senior Taliban and al-Qaida leaders. One person was killed and some 50 others were captured, U.S. military officials said. "Items of intelligence value were found," along with weapons and a large amount of cash, said Capt. Steve O'Connor, a spokesman for the U.S.

military in Afghanistan. No coalition soldiers were hurt in the raid, said Maj. A.C. Roper, a U.S. military spokesman at the base in Kandahar, in southern Afghanistan.

Officials were trying to determine the identities of the detainees. "We don't yet know exactly who we have," O'Connor said. Two other suspected memben of al-Qaida or Taliban were wounded in the raid, which began at 1 a.m. and stretched over eight hours. The compound is west of the city of Kandahar.

Roper said ISO soldiers were involved in the mission half from the 3rd Brigade of the 101st Airborne based in Fort Campbell, and half from special operations forces. He would not specify whether other countries contributed troops. The attack "was based on development of existing intelligence" that the compound was "suspected of provid Oil experts warn about decline in crude supplies Carolina Medical Weight Management, PA 66- There's a lot of phony baloney In there. A lot of prominent geologists just laugh at this. Michael Lynch, business forecaster talking about oil experts' predictions 99 PBCIAUZIM IN: Ufa, Eflacltvt WalgM Lota Phyalelan Buparvlaad Car Paraonal Sarvlca Individualized Program Paraonallzad Ualntananca Planning Body CompoaHlon Analyala WEFA.

"A lot of prominent geologists just laugh at this." "There are wolves out there, but if you keep crying wolf and no wolves show up, you start to lose credibility," Lynch said by phone from his office in Lexington, Mass. The dispute centers on the precise timing of what is variously described as "peak oil" or "the big rollover" the predicted date when existing oil production, together with new discoveries of crude, can no longer replenish the world's reserves as quickly as consuming countries are depleting them. Roger Bentley, head of The Oil Depletion Analysis Center in London, insisted that the predictions made in the 1970s were basically correct. About 50 countries, including the United States, have already passed their point of peak oil output, he said. UPPSALA, Sweden (AP) Olobal supplies of crude oil will peak as early as (2010 and then start to decline, ushering In an era of soaring energy prices and economic upheaval or so said an international group of petroleum special- listt meeting Friday.

I They hope to persuade oil-dependent countries like the United States to stop iwhat they view as squandering the planet's finite bounty of fossil fuels. Americans, as the biggest consumers 'of energy, could suffer a particularly harsh impact on their lifestyle, warned participants in the two-day conference on I oil depletion that began Thursday at Uppsala University in Uppsala, Sweden. "There is no factual data to support the 'general sense that the world will be awash in cheap oil forever," said (Matthew Simmons, an investment banker who helped advise President said. Their warning defies the more commonly held view that global crude reserves will remain plentiful for decades Critics say similar predictions of scarcity at the time of the 1973-74 Arab oil embargo didn't come true. There's a lot of phony baloney in said economist Michael Lynch of the U.S.

business forecasting firm DRI- Bush's campaign on energy policy. "We desperately need to find a new form of energy." Colin Campbell, a retired geologist who helped organize the conference' argued that governments are too caught up in short-term issues to focus on the long-term threat of depleted oil reserves. Oil companies prefer not to talk about it for fear of upsetting their investors, he 1 027 A Edgefield Street Greenwood LocaMd on EdgeMd Straat. pat down from th hoaptai Cat tor in appointment or frM contuttafion 227-9708 Pope dismisses Bulgarian connection to assassination attempt iSTASUSHEO ISM II II II II SOP! A. But carii (APY Bulgarians welcomed Pope John ITs dismissal Friday of a HOME FURNISHING CENTERS Bulgarian medals of his pontificate.

"We came here to kiss his hand and thank him." said Maxim Bebar, a nephew of the chief rabbi, noting that the meeting snowed "the relevance" of Bulgaria's Jewish community to society. He also said the pope's dismissal of the Bulgarian connection was important for the country's image. Unbeatable LOW PRICES! 1302 Bypass 72 NE 223-7227 in the 1981 'attempt on his life, part of by the 1 pontiff to heal rifts with countries in the former Soviet bloc. The pope suspected of working for the Soviet KGB, which was said at the time to have been alarmed by (he pope's support for the Solidarity trade union in his native Poland. An Italian court acquitted three Bulgarians, citing lack of evidence, i Many Bulgarians bad hoped that John Paul's visit the first ever by a pope to this formerly communist country would finally dispel the negations, In his arrival speech Thursday, the pope said be had "never ceased" to love (he Bulgarian people.

"His Holiness Judgment was that it was an insinuation and a great injustice to the Bulgarian people," Parvanov said after meeting wfth the pope. John Pmi met wiih representatives of Bulgaria's 3.500-member Jewish community, wishing some of them "Shalom," and handing each a small red box containing about lingering suspicions that Bulgarian secret agents were behind Turkish gunman Mehmet All Agca's shooting of (he pope. Frail and barely able to walk without assistance, the 82-year-old pope nonetheless was holding up on a busy day that included meetings with Bulgaria's Orthodox patriarch, representatives of the country's tiny Jewish community and a speech to artists and intellectuals. Even if with difficulty be is "completing his program," said papal spokesman Joaquin-Navarro VaUi. "We are concerned about bis health," said Cardinal Walter Kasper, a top Vatican official traveling with the pope.

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