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All eyes on U.S.: World watches election
■To some,the results could
mean easier access to visas; to
others, looser border policies.
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
In Western Europe, it's the
death penalty election. For
Chinese newspaper readers, the
vote is a lesson in U.S.-style
money politics. Kenyans wonder
if a new president will make it
harder to get U.S. visas.
The world - from Bogota to
Brussels, from London to Kuala
Lumpur - is watching with
increasing interest as the battle
between George W. Bush and A1
Gore comes down to its final
But the race looks a lot differ
ent from abroad.
The top issues are clearly in
the eye of the beholder, with the
focus of coverage varying widely
around the globe to reflect the
attitudes and concerns of readers
Take capital punishment:
While executions under Texas
Gov. Bush have received atten
tion in the U.S. media, the death
penalty has mostly taken a back
seat because both candidates
Not so in Western European
countries that have long banned
“George the Assassin,” blared
a headline in an Italian newspa
per, while Norway’s Dagbladet
daily maintained in a story
Wednesday that Bush had set “a
death record” with executions in
Domestic political and social
issues are also driving attention
to the election. Europeans won
der what the candidates think
about NATO; Mexicans speculate
about possible changes in U.S.
many poorer countries watch for
signs of tighter immigration.
“Kenyans are very much
aware that if there is a radical
change in government policy in
the U.S., it will be very difficult for
them to get visas,” said Henry
Owour, foreign editor of the Daily
Nation in Nairobi
In Japan, where trade friction
with the United States on things
as varied as autos and flat glass
has long been a top issue, some
were looking for signs of increas
es in U.S. import restrictions.
“With the presidential elec
*Kenyans are very much aware that if there is a
radical change in government policy in the U.S.,
it will be very difficult for them to get visas.”
Daily Nation foreign editor in Nairobi, Kenya
tion just around the comer, pro
tectionist moves are increasing
rapidly in the United States,” said
an editorial in the Yomiuri news
paper about the Democratic
Party's pledge to promote U.S.
Still, the presidential race has
been a hard sell.
There is no single compelling
issue, such as the economy in the
1992 contest Neither candidate
has made a major point of foreign
Media watchers have noticed
a decline in interest compared to
previous elections — and it has
shown in the coverage.
To judge by front pages in
Britain, there is no U.S. presiden
tial race. Stephen Robinson, for
eign editor of The Daily
Telegraph, said that to the British
eye, the candidates are not very
“I don’t think people in
Britain think it matters very
much who wins,” he said.
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
VATICAN CITY — A church-state battle has
erupted in Italy after the Vatican condemned a
“morning-after” pill and urged pharmacists not to
The pill went on sale this week, listed by the
Health Ministry as a “method of emergency con
traception.” But the Vatican called it a form of
chemical abortion and said pharmacists should
be conscientious objectors against “new hidden
forms of aggression” threatening human life.
By law, pharmacists in Italy must provide cus
tomers with all government-approved medicines.
In interviews published in Catholic news
media Thursday, Cardinal Camillo Ruini, presi
dent of the Italian Bishops Conference, assailed
die government's authorization of the pill.
He argued pharmacists should be permitted to
take advantage of a clause in Italy's abortion law
that allows doctors and nurses to declare them
selves conscientious objectors.
Some 500 to 600 of Italy's 64,000 pharmacists
are members of the Union of Catholic
Pharmacists, according to its president, Piero
Italy’s health minister, Umberto Veronesi, a
prominent cancer specialist, said he was dis
turbed by the call aimed at pharmacists.
Interviews at several drug stores in downtown
Rome suggested they would abide by the law.
“We could be charged. If somebody shows up
with a prescription we can’t refuse to give out a
medicine,” pharmacist Giovanni Scarfo said in an
The hormone-based pill Norlevo must be
taken within 72 hours of sexual relations. It
impedes a possibly fertilized egg from imbedding
in the uterus by altering the uterine wall.
It has been on sale in other European countries
for some months, leading some Italian commen
tators to complain about church attempts to influ
ence policy in Italy.
The French government had allowed school
nurses to distribute the pill to schoolgirls in a bid
to cut unwanted pregnancies, but the practice was
later blocked by the constitutional court
The abortion pill RU-486, which can induce
abortions weeks into pregnancy, is not approved
for sale in Italy. But the Italian Health Ministry
approved the morning-after pill in September,
stressing that it was a “method of emergency con
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An Israeli policeman guards wreckage from a car bomb that exploded Tuesday in a narrow alley in the center of West Jerusalem. The bomb killed two
Israelis and wounding eleven.
Car bomb tears apart truce plans
■The daughter of a right-wing
Israeli military leader was one of
two killed in the explosion.
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
JERUSALEM—A thunderous car
bomb killed two Israelis near a crowded
Jerusalem market on Thursday, escalat
ing tensions as Israeli and Palestinian
leaders put off a truce announcement
meant to end five weeks of fighting.
Islamic militants claimed responsi
bility for the blast, which killed the
daughter of a right-wing Israeli political
leader. Elsewhere, Palestinian areas
were again aflame, with two
Palestinians killed and at least 80
injured in the West Bank, doctors and
rescue workers said.
The violence endangered - and may
have scuttled - the latest in a series of
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak
and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat ini
tially planned to simultaneously
declare a truce at 2 p.m. The announce
ments were delayed with the expecta
tion they would come a few hours later.
But shortly after 3 p.m., a Mazda car
loaded with explosives detonated on a
narrow residential street less than 200
yards from the congested Mahane
Flames leaped high into the air,
sending up huge black plumes of black
smoke as wailing ambulances con
verged on the working-class area lined
with old stone apartment buildings.
Eleven people - including four children
-were slightly injured in addition to the
Police identified the dead as Han an
Levy, 32, and Ayelet Hashahar-Levy, 24.
They were not related.
Ayelet Hashahar-Levy was the
daughter of Yitzhak Levy, leader of the
National Religious Party. Yitzhak Levy
has served as a minister in several Israeli
governments. He left his post in Barak's
government because of disagreements
over the peace process.
His daughter had just moved to
Jerusalem and was bringing her belong
ings to a house in the area at the time of
the explosion, police said. One witness
said he tried to pull her from the flames.
A group calling itself the military
wing of the Islamic Jihad claimed
responsibility for the attack. In a state
ment, the group said the bombing was
carried out “in reply to the enemy’s
crimes against our Palestinian people”
and promised more attacks.
Israel said it was standing by the
truce reached Wednesday night in a
meeting between Arafat and Israeli
elder statesman Shimon Peres. The
agreement was intended to stop the
fighting and open the borders of closed
off Palestinian areas.
However, neither Barak nor Arafat
appeared ready to formally announce
the truce Thursday night
GOP to Democrats:
Our work's not done
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
bers were deserted and the leg
islative agenda sparse, but
Congress was convening
Thursday with House
Republicans insisting they would
not lay themselves open to
Democratic accusations of quit
ting with the nation’s work still
“Some think this Congress is
done,” House Speaker Dennis
Hastert, R-Hl., said at a morning
news conference. “We’re not done
The Senate recessed
Wednesday after agreeing to
return on Nov. 14, a week after the
election. But House GOP leaders,
at the urging of their members,
say they’re ready to stay on the job
through the election if necessary
to work on the spending bills
Congress must complete before
“We could be here Saturday,
we could even be here Sunday,”
said House Majority Whip Tom
Delay, R-ltexas. Delay's staff circu
lated a memo Wednesday warn
ing GOP lawmakers that an elec
tion break was backed by
Democrats so they could say that
Republicans “want to cut bait and
go home without finishing their
Democrats scoffed at the idea
that anything of significance
could be accomplished in the
waning days before the election.
On Thursday the only sched
uled business in the House was
passing another 24-hour spend
ing bill to keep federal programs
running and avoid a government
shutdown. On Friday, in what
could be the last major vote before
the election, the House will vote
on an Everglades restoration bill
that is popular in Florida, a crucial
state in the presidential election.
When the Senate comes back
after the election for the sixth
lame-duck session in the past 30
years, left on the table will be the
immigration and workplace safe
ty issues that have held up agree
ment on the final fiscal year 2001
spending bills and a 10-year $240
billion tax relief bill that President
Clinton has threatened to veto
because he objects to the extent of
tax breaks for health management
for W's big day
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS :
HOUSTON — Former President George Bush
and his wife, Barbara, voted Thursday at an early
voting polling place downtown, but wouldn’t say if
they voted for their son, GOP presidential nomi
nee George W. Bush.
“It's a secret ballot,” Barbara Bush grinned as
she placed her paper ballot in a gray steel box
emblazoned with a sign that said “Ballot Can.”
“I'm miserable,” she added. “I don’t like this
last week. It is much harder when it is your son.
When people say he isn’t smart... I just go ballis
The former president, wearing an elephant
design tie, said he was confident his son would
defeat Democratic Vice President A1 Gore, but
deflected any talk of his family trying to establish a
"I hate it when people talk about a legacy," he
said. “We don’t think like that.”
He also said he didn't believe the attacks by
Democrats painting Texas as a horrible place to
live under his son's governorship would stick.
“If there was anything to it, 70 percent of the
people wouldn’t have voted for him for governor,”
He added that his own attacks on Bill Clinton’s
environmental record while governor of Arkansas
didn’t work in 1992.
“Remember what happened to me,” he said.
The Associated Press
Worid's oldest woman dies
in sleep at age 114
LONDON - The world’s old
est woman, who attributed her
longevity to whisky and boiled
onions, died Thursday - six days
short of her 115th birthday.
Eva Morris died peacefully
in her sleep at a nursing home
in the central England town of
Stone, staff said.
“She was a grand old lady,”
said Lesley Powell, the matron
of the home. “She was well right
up until last night She was her
normal self. I'd spoken to her
about a week ago and told her
she was going to be 115. She just
said ‘Oh, really?’ ”
Morris was recognized as
the oldest woman in the world
by the Guinness Book of
Records in March.
Researchers: English teens
choose cells over smokes
LONDON - British teens are
smoking less and talking more
on cell phones. A couple of
researchers think that may not
be a coincidence.
The cell phone seems to
compete with cigarettes as teen
statements of fashion and
rebellion, the scientists suggest
ed in a letter published in the
British Medical Journal.
While cigarette smoking
among British 15-year-olds has
dropped from 30 percent in
1996 to 23 percent in 1999, cell
phone ownership had risen
sharply over the same period to
about 70 percent today, the sci
“The mobile phone has a
niche in teen-agers’ lives that
occupies the same place as cig
arettes. It meets the same
needs," said one of the theory's
proponents, Clive Bates, direc
tor of Action on Smoking and
Health in London. “Many kids
can't afford to do both.”
■ Washington, D.C.
Security main issue
feeing Cole investigators
Retired military officers
heading a review of the USS
Cole bombing said Thursday
they would look for ways to
improve the Pentagon's support
system for U.S. forces abroad
and wouldn’t place blame on
individuals for failing to avoid
the attack in a Yemeni port
“We are not out here to find
fault with anybody,” retired
Adm. Harold Gehman told a
Pentagon news conference.
Gehman said determina
tions on whether the ship's cap
tain or others in the Navy are
guilty will be made by the Navy’s
own internal investigation,
which has been quietly under
way since the bombing on Oct.
■ Washington, D.C.
Nation's economy shows
slower pace in third quarter
A key measure of American
workers’ productivity grew at a
healthy though considerably
slower pace in the third quarter,
while labor costs picked up.
Reports released Thursday
showing a key measure of eco
nomic activity unchanged in
September and disappointing
sales by retailers in October
added to evidence the nation’s
economy is slowing to a more sus
tainable pace, analysts said.
Productivity - the amount of
output per hour of work - rose at
an annual rate of 3.8 percent dur
ing the July-September quarter
after a sizzling 6.1 percent rate of
growth posted in the second
quarter, the Labor Department
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