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Sudan protests U.S. missile strike
■ A U.S. ambassador says there is
no reason to investigate whether the
factory was a chemical plant.
KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Sudan’s presi
dent said Monday that the United States has
sought cooperation from Sudanese security offi
cials and assured him that last week’s attack on a
Khartoum factory was aimed at terrorism, not at
President Omar Hassan el-Bashir spoke in
his first news conference since Thursday’s strike
on a factory that U.S. officials said manufactured
chemical weapons agents but Sudan insists made
He said the U.S. government had communi
cated with Sudan through a third party, which he
would not name, to say that his country was “not
targeted in the attack, but terrorism.”
“They also said that they wanted cooperation
between the Sudanese and die American security
apparatus,” he said, adding that U.S. officials had
refused a similar request Sudan made previously
on that issue. There was no comment from U.S.
officials on the cooperation report.
Last week, Sudan called back all of its diplo
mats from Washington. Monday, el-Bashir said
American diplomats, who have been working out
of neighboring Kenya and Egypt since 1996,
“will not be allowed to return to their work in
In an interview with The Associated Press,
El-Bashir also said he was recalling Sudan’s
ambassador to Britain and would ask London to
recall its ambassador from Khartoum to protest
Britain’s support for the U.S. missile strike.
President Clinton tied the factory to Osama
bin Laden, the Saudi millionaire Mamed for the
Aug. 7 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and
Tanzania that killed 257 people. A second U.S.
attack was carried out Thursday against bin
Laden’s bases in Afghanistan.
But el-Bashir said bin Laden “has no shares
at all in the factory,” adding that bin Laden left
Sudan before the factory was opened in 1996.
Bin Laden lived in Sudan in the early 1990s but
was forced out under Western pressure in 1995.
El-Bashir said Clinton based the attack on
wrong information supplied by dissidents who
have opposed his Islamic rule since he came to
power in a coup in 1989.
“The American agencies have counted on
erroneous information from some groups ... in
return for giving them money,” he said.
In the AP interview, el-Bashir argued that
U.S. officials “know that Sudan has no capabili
ties to manufacture chemical weapons.”
El-Bashir added that if Americans really
believed the factory made chemical weapons,
then bombing it would have released deadly poi
son into the air and put at risk the thousands of
Sudanese people who live around it
“Then this is a crime, an ugly crime,” el
El-Bashir repeated an invitation to a U.N.
mission to inspect the factory, said to have sup
plied 50 percent of Sudan’s drugs.
At the United Nations headquarters in New
York, the U.S. deputy ambassador said today
there was no reason for a U.N. team to look into
U.S. claims that the Khartoum factory was a
chemical plant linked to terrorist groups.
“We don’t see any point to it,” envoy Peter
Burleigh said, without elaborating.
WASHINGTON (AP) - So far,
that President Clinton
a murmur in
Back in the 1970s, talk of a resig
nation by President Nixon also start
ed with a few lawmakers - liberals in
that case. But the voices grew as the
Watergate tale unfolded.
After Nixon surrendered the
£ famous “smoking gun” tape in which
;f he virtually confessed to obstructing
J- justice in the Watergate affair,
Clinton, then an obscure congres
sional candidate from Arkansas,
joined the chorus of politicians call
ing for Nixon’s departure.
“There’s not any point in his
putting the country through an
impeachment since he isn’t making
any pretense of innocence now,”
Clinton told the Arkansas Democrat
in August 1974.
Now, 24 years later, it’s Clinton
who has admitted wrongdoing. But at
this juncture, his resignation seems
implausible to most
Democrats say the allegations
against Clinton in the Monica
Lewinsky affair pale when compared
with die abuse of power and obstruc
tion of justice that ended Nixon’s
Nixon’s high job-approval ratings
remained high throughout the seven
months of Independent Counsel
Kenneth Starr’s investigation of the
There are other differences, too.
Inflation was soaring in the Nixon
era; Clinton presides over a prosper
ous nation at peace.
Furthermore, Republicans have
scant appetite for forcing a Clinton
resignation that would install A1 Gore
in the Oval Office and allow him to
run for election in 2000 behind the
power of the presidency.
Presidential spokesman Mike
McCurry brushes off any suggestion
of a Clinton resignation.
“If that sentiment is widespread, I
think it would be worth addressing,”
he said. “I don’t think it’s necessarily
worth addressing now.”
So far, only a few members of
Congress have called for Clinton’s
resignation. Most did so after the
president’s televised address last
week in which he admitted an
improper relationship with Lewinsky.
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Legal jousting continues
after court reverses ruling
■ After ruling, Stenberg
will try to make 64 face
original murder sentences.
itASTINGS.^5).- Darien Lee
Myers has been the subject of a lot of
legal jousting over the past few years.
And he’s likely to be involved in
Myers was sentenced to life in
prison in 1992 for the second-degree
murder of Kervin Thomas of Hastings.
He also was at the center of the
1994 state Supreme Court ruling that
said malice must be proven in second
degree murder cases.
The decision resulted in Myers and
63 other people being resentenced -
people the attorney general wants to see
serve their original sentences.
Myers pleaded guilty to the lesser
charge of manslaughter and was resen
tenced to 35 years in prison.
But after the high court reversed
that ruling last week, Attorney General
Don Stenberg said he will try to make
those 64 - including 20 who got out of
prison early - serve out the rest of their
Steve Scherr, former county attor
ney and prosecutor in the Myers case,
said Myers will serve about die same
amount of. time underhis present sen
tence as with his original sentence with
He estimated that Myers would stay
in prison at least into the next decade.
Stenberg said he did not think the
constitutional guarantee against double
jeopardy - being tried twice for the
same crime - would apply in the 64
He stressed that he will not attempt
to retry those cases, but rather have the
retrials declared void and the Original
Stenberg ordered his staff to
research the matter and outline a plan
Hastings attorney Art Langvardt,
who represented Myers, doubted thatv
Stenberg would succeed in reinstating
the original sentences.
“I can’t conceive of that being suc
cessful,” Langvardt said. “Legally, they
can’t do anything like that”
East Coast states prepare
for Hurricane Bonnie
NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) -
Hurricane Bonnie slowly churned up
the Atlantic with 115 mph winds
Monday, prompting people from
Florida to North Carolina to stock up
on emergency supplies.
Two swimmers drowned and
dozens had to be rescued from East
The governor of South Carolina
urged tourists not to worry but called
on the National Guard to get ready
The National Hurricane Center
reported the 450-mile-wide storm
was 650 miles southeast of Savannah,
Ga., at 2 p.m. EDT Monday.
The hurricane - a Category 3
storm capable of causing severe
coastal flooding and serious damage
to buildings and homes - has been
wobbling northwest at 5 mph. The
center said a hurricane watch may be
issued for part of the southeastern
U.S. coast later today.
On Hatteras Island, N.C., tourists
and residents alike were shopping for
A hurricane warning was posted
for the central Bahamas and a hurri
cane watch issued for the northwest
It was not clear exactly where,
when or even if Hurricane Bonnie
would strike the U.S. mainland.
If the storm does make landfall,
the most likely area it would hit was
between Charleston, S.C., and Cape
Hatteras, N.C., die weather service
The size of the storm worried
forecasters. Hurricane-force winds
extended 85 miles out from Bonnie’s
center and tropical storm force winds
could be felt 230 miles out
Rip tides were blamed for the
deaths Sunday of a 25-year-old man
in South Carolina and a 24-year-old
man in Delaware. Thirty people were
rescued in Carolina Beach, N.C., and
100 were saved in Atlantic City, NJ.
Polls show Diana’s death
still felt by Britons
LONDON (AP) — A new
opinion poll published Monday in a
tabloid newspaper indicates the
majority of Britons are still in
mourning nearly a year after
Princess Diana was killed in car
crash in Paris.
In a telephone poU of500 peo
ple conducted on Aug. 17-18 for
The Mirror newspaper by ICM
Research, 77 percent of women
and 56 percent of men said they
still felt sorrow overDiana’s death.
The independent newspaper
also published results of a poll
Monday. But that poll suggested
Diana’s death may have had a less
er impact on Britons.
In that poll, which surveyed
1,064 people between Aug. 7 and
Aug. 11,80 percent said Dianab
death had not had any lasting effect
on them, and 75 percent thought
the nation was no different as a
result of her death.
The poll also found that 53 per
cent believe the Aug. 31 anniver
sary of Diana’s death should not be
marked each year. Another 41 per
cent said it should be recognized,
and foe remaining respondents
Neither poll had a margin of
Suspects could be tried
in Scottish courts
WASHINGTON (AP) — The
United States and Britain have
agreed to allow two Libyans
charged in the 1988 bombing of
Pan Am Flight 103 oyer Scotland to
be tried by a Scottish court in die
Netherlands, Secretary of State
Madeleine Albright said Monday.
Albright challenged Libya to
accept the offer and described it as
a “take it or leave it proposition”
for the Libyans* -:
In London, British Foreign
Secretary Robin Cook urged Libya
to cooperate “quickly and without
equivocation,” and asked U.N.
Secretary-General KoH Annan to
inform Libya of the agreement and
seek arrangements for the transfer
of the two accused men.
GOP debate centers
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) —
State Rep. Charles Key says he
would have preferred to discuss
taxes and term limits.
But the debate thath raged in the
weeks prior to today's Republican
primary has involved something
more volatile: Keyls conspiracy the
ories about the Oklahoma City
Key, 44, believes a wider con
spiracy is behind the April 1995
bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah
Federal Building that left 168 people
dead. He heads a privately funded
investigation and has said the gov
ernment is engaging in a cover-up of
Keyfc three challengers say he is
overdoing it at the expense of his
constituents. During his last two
year term, Key has missed more
votes than all but two other mem
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