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i _ ) __TUESDj More bodies found after Bangladesh quake DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Eight more bodies have been recov ered from the rubble of a five-story building that collapsed during an earthquake in Bangladesh last week. A district official at Chittagong, 140 miles southeast of the capital, said Monday those bodies brought the total death toll in Friday’s 6.0 magnitude quake to 13. The quake was centered 65 miles east of Chittagong, according to the U.S. Geological Survey in Golden, Colo. Guerrillas kill Peruvian soldiers in jungle ambush LIMA, Peru (AP)—Guerrillas ambushed an army patrol in Peru’s northern Amazon jungle, killing six soldiers and wounding seven, the military reported Monday. One guerrilla died and an undetermined number were injured in the attack Sunday in a remote stretch of jungle in La Polvora district in the department of San Martin, 290 miles northeast of Lima, an armed forces news release said. Guerrillas opened fire on the soldiers and, after a gunfight, retreated, carrying with them “an appreciable number of wounded,” the military statement said. The soldiers were riding in a truck at the time of the attack. The statement did not say what group the guerrillas belonged to, but the Shining Path is the only group known to operate in the region. Israeli police suggest indicting former official TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — In a blow to a prime minister already facing a mutiny in his own party, police have recommended indicting Benjamin Netanyahu’s former top aide on charges of theft and fraud, Israeli TV stations said Monday. The aide, Avigdor Lieberman, resigned Sunday as director of the Prime Minister’s Office, a position equivalent to White House chief of staff. His departure appeared aimed at quelling a mutiny against Netanyahu in the governing Likud, where Netanyahu’s rivals for the leadership were outraged by efforts allegedly spearheaded by Lieberman to tighten the prime min ister’s control of the party. At a news conference Monday, Lieberman vowed “to continue to act with aft my strength” to help Netanyahu. Such political activity “was not enabled by my status as a civil servant,” he explained. But a few hours later, Israel’s two main TV stations said police have recommended charging Lieberman with theft and fraud because he only repaid about a quar ter of a $40,000 loan provided sev eral years ago. Police spokesman Linda Menuhin told The Associated Press there was an investigation against Lieberman and that it was complet ed, but she would not confirm that the police were asking the state prosecdttao forrtnckidictment. No comment was available from Lieberman on the reports. Israel TV said Netanyahu’s office denied the resignation was connected to the police investigation. Iraq’s palaces remain off limits BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) — U.N. arms monitors searching for Iraq’s banned arsenal inspected 11 sites without interference Monday - including pharmaceutical factories where biological or chemical weapons could be produced. But a new confrontation could still develop if U.N. inspectors try to search dozens of other sites, includ ing President Saddam Hussein’s many palaces, which Iraq considers sensitive to national security. An American U-2 spy plane, which Iraq has threatened to shoot down, made another flight into Iraqi airspace Monday, its third since the crisis over weapons inspections start ed more than three weeks ago. A Pentagon official in Washington said the flight over cen tral Iraq - part of the U.N. weapons inspection program - was completed without incident. Monday’s inspections went smoothly, as they have has since they were resumed Saturday. “They have had a normal inspection day with no problems reported,” said Allan Dacey, a British spokesman for the U.N. monitors. He said the inspectors were searching for missiles and biological, chemical and nuclear weapons, as well as examining arms imports and exports. Some inspectors flew in heli copters to check for any inappropriate activity on the ground; U.N. inspec tors have accused Iraq of sneaking documents out the back doors of weapons sites even as inspectors were entering the front The arms inspectors’job is to cer tify that Iraq has complied with U.N. resolutions requiring it to eliminate weapons of mass destruction in line with treaties that ended the 1991 Persian Gulf War. Economic sanc tions, imposed after Iraq’s 1990 inva sion of Kuwait that led to the war, have devastated the Iraqi economy. Despite the latest cooperation in Baghdad, American and Iraqi offi cials were still arguing over whether inspectors should search Saddam’s many presidential compounds. In Washington, deputy White House national security adviser James Steinberg said the United Nations had “clear authority” to look at the 47 presidential compounds. “These presidential palaces seem to be getting larger, more numerous,” U.N. weapons inspector Richard Butler said Monday on ABC televi sion. “How many palaces can one have?” Bill Richardson, the U.S. ambas sador to the United Nations, also demanded the inspectors “have full access to all the sites.” “We’re talking about 47 presiden tial sites, 63 sites the Iraqis have deemed do not deserve access. How can you do your job?” he said. “This crisis is far from over.” But Iraq, citing national sover eignty and security, has long rejected the inspectors’ contention that they should be free to visit any suspicious site. “The crisis might be renewed if America’s intransigent attitude con tinues,” Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz was quoted by the Iraqi News Agency as telling Jordanian televi sion. Still, the inspectors stayed away from the palaces Monday and instead searched 11 sites, seven of them drug factories that could be used for pro ducing biological or chemical weapons, INA said. Access to presidential palaces was a factor in Iraq’s crisis with the weapons monitors last month. It claimed the Americans were spies intent on preventing the lifting of U.N. sanctions against Iraq. When the U.N. Security Council condemned that stance, Iraq threw the Americans out on Nov. 13. The United Nations removed the other inspectors in protest, and the United States escalated its military presence in the region, sending a second air craft carrier to the Gulf and extra fighter planes to Kuwait. The crisis was resolved last week under a Russian-mediated deal in which Iraq agreed the Americans could return, and Moscow pledged to work toward lifting U.N. sanctions. The 75 weapons monitors, who include four Americans, returned to Iraq on Friday. I Critics: FAA takes too long WASHINGTON (AP) — Over Thanksgiving, hundreds of thou sands of travelers will walk to air port gates through security equip i ment that still does not check for . plastic explosives and board air planes where many packages haven’t been screened for bombs. L Seven years after a presidential panel urged drastic improvements in airport security, federal officials are just now beginning such long awaited changes as the profiling of passengers to identify security risks and the mandatory matching of bags to passengers. Critics say the changes, some of which take effect Jan. 1, have taken too long and fall short of recom mendations the Federal Aviation Administration was first urged to implement in 1990. That’s when numerous potential holes in the airport safety net were identified by a presidential panel convened after a plastic explosive hidden by terrorists inside a radio cassette player destroyed Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. Several times since then, most recently by a panel headed by Vice President A1 Gore, government reports have stressed the impor tance of closing holes in the airport security system. “They totally and consciously failed to address the screening of passengers and hand-carried bag gage from an explosives detection standpoint,” former FAA security chief Billie Vincent said. “They really failed miserably in looking at the overall system.” Added Sen. Alfonse D’Amato, R-N.Y., a member of the commis sion that studied security after the Flight 103 bombing: “Not much has changed. It doesn’t even take a great deal of sophistication to bring about a tragedy.” FAA officials say they are addressing many of those concerns. To help, Congress boosted the FAA’s 1998 budget by $785 million, to $9.1 billion, including about $100 million for security improve ments and an additional $44 million for research and development. “We are vety much well on our way to have the security situation in the United States more effective in preventing acts of terrorism,” said Cathal Flynn, FAA assistant admin istrator for civil aviation security. But even with the changes, potential security loopholes remain. For instance, panels have warned that security gains from passenger profiling could be partly lost through the use of curbside baggage check ins or electronic ticketing - practices that remain prevalent today. And there is concern that the security workers who operate metal detectors and screen passengers hold lc v-paying, high-turnover positions. The FAA’s effort has been criti cized in several reports - from Congress’ General Accounting Office, from the FAA’s own inspec tor general and from various panels. For example, the Flight 103 panel asked the FAA to ensure that luggage was not loaded unless the bags’ owner also boarded the plane. In September 1996, the TWA Flight 800 commis sion recommended a similar match. FAA officials say such a plan finally will be in place by Jan. 1. One major problem is that the technology that so effectively stopped the use of metal guns to hijack airplanes can’t detect plastic explosives. Bomb detectors as effi cient and reliable as X-ray machines do not yet exist, experts say. “It has proven far more difficult to develop this scanning technology than originally thought,” said Rep. James Oberstar, D-Minn., a member of the Flight 103 panel. “We still don’t have a single one-shot machine.” Instead, airlines are relying on a series of steps. By Jan. 1, all air lines will be profiling passengers, using a series of criteria to deter mine which people should be sin gled out for farther examination. Those passengers will have their luggage screened using new explosive detection machines, or won’t have their bags loaded on the airplane unless they also board the flight. Questions? Comments? Ask for the appropriate section editor at (402) 472-2588 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Fax number: (402) 472-1761 World Wide Web: www.unl.edu/DailyNeb The Daily Nebraskan (USPS 1444)80) is published by the UNL Publications Board, Nebraska Union 34, 1400 R St., Lincoln, NE 68588-0448, Monday through Friday duming the academic year; weekly during the summer sessions.The public has access to the Publications Board. Readers are encouraged to submit story ideas and comments to the Daily Nebraskan by calling (402)472-2588. Subscriptions are $55 for one year. Postmaster: Send address changes to the Daily Nebraskan, Nebraska Union 34,1400 R St., Lincoln NE 68588-0448. Periodical postage paid at Lincoln, NE. ALL MATERIAL COPYRIGHT 1997 THE DAILY NEBRASKAN Editor: Paula Lavigne Managing Editor: Julie Sobczyk Associate News Editor: Rebecca Stone Assistant News Editor: Jeff Randall Assignment Editor: Chad Lorenz Opinion Editor: Matthew Waite Sports Editor: Mike Kluck A&E Editor: Jim Goodwin Copy Desk Chiefs: Nancy Zywiec Kay Prauner Photo Director: Ryan Soderlin Design Chief : Joshua Gillin Art Director: Aaron Steckelberg Online Editor: Gregg Steams Asst. Online Editor: Amy Pemberton General Manager: Dan Shattil Publications Board Melissa Myles, Chairwoman: (402)476-2446 Professional Adviser: Don Walton, (402)473-7301 Advertising Manager: NickPartsch, (402) 472t2589 Assistant Ad Manager: Daniel Lam , i Captive workers released MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Five foreign aid workers kidnapped by militiamen in northeastern Somalia were released unharmed Monday and were in good health despite three days of captivity. In a separate incident, militiamen killed at least nine people north of Mogadishu Monday in a dispute over farmland, witnesses said. Two Italian aid workers based nearby were briefly taken hostage, their offices were looted, and a driver for CARE International was wounded. The two relief workers, from Coperazioni Italiano Nord-Sud, apparently were taken simply because they happened to be in the area at the time of the clash, which killed eight militiamen and one civilian. Meanwhile, the five freed aid workers - one from the European Union and four from the United Nations - arrived safely at the U.N. Children’s Fund office in Bossasso, said Agostino Paganini, the group’s director of operations in Somalia. “They are fine, OK, tired,” Paganini told The Associated Press. The hostages were flown to Nairobi later Monday. They include one British employ ee of the European Union, two Kenyans, an Indian and a Canadian, the British Foreign Office said. They were abducted Friday in the self-declared independent Republic of Somaliland, apparently in a dispute; over coal exports between two tribal clans, the Wasangeli and the Marjeteen. Wasangeli fighters apparently; carried out the kidnapping in retaliat tion for the Maijeteen’s capture earli er that day of a Palestinian business partner of two Somali charcoal deal ers, a U.N. source said. The Marjeteen militia freed thp, Palestinian on Sunday on condition that the aid workers were let go, the source said. Aid workers have often been tar gets of armed Somali factions vying for control of the country, which has had no central government since a 1991 coup ousted the president.