February 2002










































February 1, 2002
Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, condemned President George Bush yesterday as "a man thirsty for human blood". His attack came in the wake of Mr Bush's state of the union address, in which the president singled out Iran, Iraq and North Korea as "an axis of evil" and accused them of developing weapons of mass destruction.

King Abdullah II of Jordan has praised US President George W Bush's "war on terror" and appeared to give tacit approval to the current American hard line towards Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

DUNCAN SMITH yesterday signaled his strong support for America to extend the war against terrorism to countries such as Iraq.  "Britain should give absolute support to the measures necessary to ensure that events like those of September 11 are never repeated."

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February 2, 2002
 The Foreign Office has confirmed the name of a fifth Briton being held by the US on suspicion of fighting for the Taliban or al-Qaeda. Jamal Udeen, 35, is being held in Kandahar. The web designer from Manchester is being held with Ruhal Ahmed, 20, one of three detainees from Tipton in the West Midlands.

FBI investigators believe that five videotaped "martyrdom messages" recovered in Afghanistan were probably recorded more than two years ago, casting doubt on government fears that the tapes signaled imminent suicide attacks, law enforcement officials said yesterday.

US Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz has stressed the importance of coalitions in the war against terrorism. Addressing an international security conference in the German city of Munich, he said there would not be one all-embracing coalition, but different alliances for different missions. 

The Bush administration plans to deploy 1,600 National Guard troops within the next several weeks to help with security at the nation's borders

Two local men were sentenced yesterday for their roles in helping two of the Sept. 11 hijackers illegally obtain Virginia identification cards, and a judge ordered that a third man charged with a similar offense be held in prison while authorities continue to investigate possible connections to terrorism.

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February 3, 2002
 US Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz told an international security conference that Washington would go it alone if necessary to fight terrorism, but Russia and Western allies had reservations about the US hard line. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov renewed at the 43-nation conference in Munich Russia's support for the US-led war on terrorism, but said Russia was not "prepared" to extend the war to Iraq.

Sudan sits on a short list of states that allegedly sponsor terrorism, placing it high on the list of potential targets in America’s war on terrorism. A full set of sanctions prevents trade between the two nations, and Sudan stands accused of harboring terrorist training camps and a manufacturing plant for Iraqi nerve gas precursors. If that weren’t enough, Osama bin Laden himself lived here from 1991 to 1996 after being stripped of his Saudi citizenship. Al-Qaida members were such regular visitors that he had two guesthouses for them in the capital city. A senior Sudanese official, with some understatement, today admits, “That was a big mistake.”

With diplomats and legal advisers of 100-plus countries participating, the two sides of the debate merely restated long-held positions: the United States, European Union, and many others condemn any targeting of civilians; the 56-member Organization of Islamic Conference insists on exempting "national liberation movements" and "resistance to foreign occupation

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February 4, 2002
U.S. and British planes patrolling a no-fly zone over northern Iraq bombed Iraqi air defense systems Monday in response to anti-aircraft fire. It was the first time U.S. and British planes had bombed Iraq's north since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the United States, said Capt. Brian Cullin of the U.S. European Command. Allied planes over northern Iraq have been repeatedly fired on since Sept. 11.

It is 10 years since US troops withdrew from the Philippines. The people voted in a referendum in favor of closing their bases. Miriam Donohoe, reports from Manila. But now US soldiers are back, and there is real fear that the country may become the next battleground after Afghanistan in the American-led war on terrorism. The US and the Philippines have set in motion joint military maneuvers, described as training exercises; 650 American troops are to teach Filipino soldiers how to fight the Abu Sayyaf, an Islamic fundamentalist group linked to al-Qaeda.

There was a worrying perception of an erosion of human rights values in the wake of the September 11th attacks on the United States, the UN Commissioner for Human Rights, Mrs Mary Robinson, told reporters at the World Economic Forum in New York on Saturday. While combating terrorism was necessary, "it is also extremely important to maintain the standards we have built up - the rule of law, international human rights standards, international humanitarian standards, the Geneva Convention", 

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February 5, 2002
Puffing on a cigar from behind his imposing glass-top desk, the government's point man in the investigation into the kidnapping of Daniel Pearl said Tuesday the Wall Street Journal reporter's abductors are known and it's a matter of days

Wearing bright red insignia, members of a new government-backed security force expanded patrols Tuesday in northern Afghanistan's biggest city in a move to bring stability to a volatile region.

North Korea accused the United States on Tuesday of plotting a war to occupy the communist state, denouncing President Bush for calling it part of an "axis of evil" and saying it has "unlimited striking power" to repel any aggressors

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February 6, 2002
American authorities in Afghanistan have released 27 people taken prisoner during a raid last month on what U.S. forces mistook as a hide-out for al-Qaida terrorists.

President Bush is considering "a full range of options" for removing Saddam Hussein as Iraq's president, Secretary of State Colin Powell said Wednesday.

A planeload of detainees took off late Wednesday from the United States' main military installation in Afghanistan, the first such flight in three weeks.

There is no evidence Osama bin Laden's terror network is operating in Saudi Arabia, the kingdom's top security official said Wednesday, but he promised no mercy for any al-Qaida radicals who might be discovered in the country

Iran has denied U.S. accusations that Tehran is seeking weapons of mass destruction and said it unlike the Bush administration was adhering to international weapons treaties.

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February 7, 2002
A plane carrying 28 detainees from the war in Afghanistan landed Thursday at this remote naval base, where the U.S. government now plans to apply legal protections under the Geneva Conventions to captured Taliban soldiers.

President Bush has determined that the Geneva Convention applies to the conflict in Afghanistan and Taliban soldiers, but not al-Qaida fighters and other terrorists, the White House announced Thursday.

The U.S. commander of the war in Afghanistan said Thursday that American ground forces may be dispatched to investigate the site where suspected al-Qaida members are reported to have been killed in a missile attack by a CIA-operated drone aircraft.

An unruly passenger on a United Airlines flight from Miami to Buenos Aires tried to force his way into the cockpit Thursday, managing to smash in part of the door before a co-pilot clubbed him with a small ax.

From rescue workers who say they have lung problems to business owners who say their shops were damaged, 1,300 people have given notice they may sue the city for a total of $7.18 billion over the aftermath of the World Trade Center attack.

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February 8, 2002
American soldiers are at a remote site in the mountains of eastern Afghanistan to determine whether senior al-Qaida figures were among those killed in a missile strike by a CIA-operated drone aircraft, senior Pentagon officials said.

Police charged three men in the kidnapping of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, officials said Friday, and Pakistan's president said he was hopeful the journalist would be freed soon

An Indonesian man said he financed bombings that killed 22 people in Manila in December 2000 with money from an Islamic militant group thought linked to Osama bin Laden's terror network, according to affidavits given to prosecutors Friday

The city's official count of those killed at the World Trade Center is leveling off at around 2,800 after months of work by investigators to find errors and duplicated names in the lists of the missing.

The number, which once topped 6,700, has hovered just above 2,800 for more than a month now, and stood at 2,843 as of Friday. The toll is likely to drop slightly as investigators make changes.

The current total includes 712 people whose remains have been identified by the medical examiner, and 1,932 people whose families have requested court-issued death certificates because other evidence proved they were in the towers.

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February 9, 2002
Afghan authorities want to interrogate the former Taliban foreign minister now being held by the U.S. military and ensure he faces trial, an Afghan foreign ministry spokesman said Saturday

The key suspect in the disappearance here of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl may have fled to Pakistan's most populous province, police said Saturday, insisting they still hope to free Pearl soon.

The Afghan government released 320 captured Taliban fighters Saturday, a gesture of reconciliation as the new administration focuses on rebuilding a country shattered by decades of war. Interim Prime Minister Hamid Karzai told the men to go back to their homes,
"Instead of using guns, work and earn money."
The Taliban's foreign minister turned himself in to authorities in Afghanistan, giving American forces what could be one of the biggest intelligence prizes in the war so far.

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February 10, 2002
An aunt of the main suspect in Daniel Pearl's kidnapping spoke with her nephew by telephone and pleaded with him to free the Wall Street Journal reporter, Pakistan's interior minister said Sunday

An Afghan warlord who led the worst factional fighting since the fall of the Taliban vowed Sunday to fight rather than step down as governor of an eastern province. In the north, warlords agreed to create a "security belt" to keep unauthorized weapons out of a major city

An Afghan warlord who led the worst factional fighting since the fall of the Taliban vowed Sunday to fight rather than step down as governor of an eastern province. In the north, warlords agreed to create a "security belt" to keep unauthorized weapons out of a major city

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February 11, 2002
Angered by the United States' labeling of Iran as part of an "axis of evil," hundreds of thousands of Iranians chanted "Death to America" on Monday during demonstrations to mark the 23rd anniversary of the Islamic Revolution.

A Frenchman who claims to have crossed paths in Afghanistan with key figures tied to the Sept. 11 attacks, a thwarted millennium plot on Los Angeles and other threats on American citizens is providing French authorities with a treasure-trove of information on al-Qaida, officials revealed Monday

Opium vendors shut their open-air market Monday under what they said were U.S. military orders — becoming first targets in a campaign against Afghanistan's post-Taliban drug boom

Despite being interrogated for nearly three weeks, a large number of detainees from the Afghan war still have not been identified as fighters for either the Taliban or al-Qaida, a U.S. official said.

The bodies of six Port Authority police officers were found early on Saturday in the World Trade Center ruins near the remains of a woman they apparently were trying to rescue, the Port Authority said on Monday.

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February 12, 2002
Afghan authorities are negotiating the surrender of some 15 Taliban leaders, who may include former Cabinet ministers, an Afghan official said Tuesday — a development that could boost efforts to find the movement's fugitive leader and terror suspect

Police arrested a British-born Islamic militant Tuesday they say masterminded the kidnapping of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl — the biggest break yet in the quest to free him. An official close to the investigation said the suspect told police Pearl is alive

Slobodan Milosevic orchestrated the murders of thousands of people in a campaign of "savagery" with the sole goal of satisfying his all-consuming thirst for power, a prosecutor said Tuesday, opening the former Yugoslav president's trial for war

Some of the detainees at this American base are not Muslim but Christian, U.S. military officials say, describing inmates as members of a "global community" who in some cases may be sympathetic to groups other than the Taliban or al-Qaida.

Bolstered by a network of followers around the world, Osama bin Laden remains a terrorist threat and the danger will grow if he finds a new sanctuary to replace his uprooted bases in Afghanistan, the former Saudi intelligence chief

Angered by the United States' labeling of Iran as part of an "axis of evil," hundreds of thousands of Iranians chanted "Death to America" on Monday during demonstrations to mark the 23rd anniversary of the Islamic Revolution.

The FBI issued an extraordinary terrorist alert Monday night, asking law enforcement and the American public to be on the lookout for a Yemeni man and several associates who might be plotting a terrorist attack as early as Tuesday.

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February 13, 2002
A suspected al-Qaida member blew himself up Wednesday evening after being cornered by security forces in a San'a suburb, police said

Federal prosecutors mindful of new terrorism warnings sought the identity Wednesday of a man charged with carrying fake identification on a road near the Pentagon. A judge ordered the man held

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, meeting with President Bush, said Wednesday he's reasonably sure that kidnapped Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl is alive. Musharraf suggested the kidnapping may have been in response to his own crackdown on Islamic militants.

Heavy snow and dense fog Wednesday prevented rescue workers from recovering dozens of bodies from a mountain in western Iran where a leased Russian-built airliner crashed with 117 people on board.

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February 14, 2002
A British-born militant with a history of kidnapping Westerners confessed Thursday to the abduction of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl and, in a chilling declaration, told a Pakistani court he believes the journalist is dead

Secretary of State Colin Powell promised U.S. allies Thursday they would be consulted closely before President Bush decided to try to force a regime change in Iraq.

Gunmen came within 50 yards of U.S. positions in an apparently well-organized attack on the main American base in southern Afghanistan that left two soldiers slightly injured

Robert De Niro will serve as host of a CBS special on the World Trade Center attack, which will include exclusive footage from inside the complex.

Authorities arrested some 150 people, including European, Arab and African nationals, who entered Iran from Pakistan and are questioning them over any links to the Taliban or al-Qaida

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February 15, 2002
Vice President Dick Cheney on Friday criticized the Iranian government for supporting terrorism and said he was "deeply disappointed" by that nation's recent actions

With the suspected ringleader in the kidnapping of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in custody, police said Friday they are looking for an accomplice who helped hijack an Indian Airlines jet in 1999

Heatedly rejecting charges of mass murder and deportations, Slobodan Milosevic said Friday he will call former President Clinton and a host of world leaders to testify that he was the man who brought peace to the Balkans

The military's search for Osama bin Laden and his top lieutenants has produced little of late but frustration, though Army special forces are still on the hunt and Navy and Air Force warplanes are prowling the skies daily.

An Algerian pilot held for five months on suspicion of training some of the Sept. 11 hijackers said Friday he endured a "living nightmare" after being accused by U.S. authorities and considers himself among the victims of the worst terror attack in history.

Yemen is holding five of 17 men named in an FBI terrorism alert released this week and has provided the United States with information about them

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February 16, 2002
Peacekeepers in the Afghan capital came under fire for the first time Saturday, their commander said. Interim Prime Minister Hamid Karzai, speaking at the grave of a slain government minister, prayed for an end to "the culture of the knife and the gun

Delving deeper into Pakistan's murky Islamic underworld, police searched Saturday for a man suspected of having helped spring reporter Daniel Pearl's kidnapper from an Indian jail two years

Prosecutors have accused three suspected Irish Republican Army members of training leftist rebels in Colombia and of using false documents, the attorney general's office said Saturday

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February 17, 2002
U.S. Army attack helicopters whipped up dust clouds and blew the tops off coconut trees as 30 U.S. Special Forces troops arrived on an island in the southern Philippines to train soldiers battling Muslim extremists

Communist rebels killed at least 129 police, soldiers and civilians in unprecedented attacks in northwestern Nepal on Sunday, undermining prospects for peace in this poor Himalayan kingdom still recovering from the shock of a massacre at the royal palace last year.

Afghan leader Hamid Karzai on Sunday vowed stern justice for high-ranking officials in his own government who he said assassinated the country's aviation minister

The makeshift prison at Guantanamo Bay holding suspected terrorists officially hit full capacity Saturday after 12 more men filled out paperwork and filed into their small chain-link and cement cells. The dozen men arrived late Friday, bringing the total number of detainees at the camp to 300.

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February 18, 2002
A U.S. general began a mission on Monday to help Afghanistan establish a national army with fighters loyal to the central government instead of the tribal leaders or local warlords

Yugoslavia's president lashed out at the U.N. war crimes tribunal Monday, expressing doubts that Slobodan Milosevic would get a fair trial.

Slobodan Milosevic ended a three-day tirade against "new colonialism" by the West, then heard the first prosecution witness in his war crimes trial testify later Monday about a Yugoslav scorched-earth plan to kill Kosovo Muslims.

U.S. special forces ventured Monday to within a few miles of a jungle stronghold of the Muslim extremist group targeted in counter-terrorism exercises with the Philippine military.

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February 19, 2002
The Afghan government appointed two Cabinet members Tuesday to investigate the killing of the aviation minister — a death Prime Minister Hamid Karzai has blamed on senior members of his administration.

President Bush sought to assure South Korea on Tuesday that he is not rushing toward military confrontation with communist North Korea, which he has branded part of "an axis of evil."

The families of seven men who died in the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against the accused mastermind of the attack, Osama bin Laden, as well as Iraq, Iran and numerous banks. The class-action suit, which named 141 individuals, financial institutions, companies and organizations alleged to support terrorism, seeks more than $100 billion in damages for the attack that killed more than 2,800 people.

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February 20, 2002
An Islamic militant's public confession that he was involved in the kidnapping of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl may not be enough to convict him, the chief prosecutor said

A Kosovo Albanian farmer who escaped death when Serbs killed 16 members of his family testified in the trial of Slobodan Milosevic Wednesday, the first victim of the carnage in Kosovo to confront the former Yugoslav president

Afghanistan's foreign minister on Wednesday publicly disputed Prime Minister Hamid Karzai's claim that high-ranking conspirators within his own government assassinated the aviation minister.

Of the more than 475,000 units of blood donated after the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon (news - web sites), only 258 were actually used for disaster......Yet the federal government and blood centers, including the American Red Cross (news - web sites), encouraged blood drives -...   The Red Cross, for example, ended up discarding 17 percent of the 287,000 units it collected because the units were on the shelf, unused, for more than 42 days.

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February 21, 2002
A U.S. Army helicopter crashed at sea in the Philippines Thursday with 12.  A search by another U.S. helicopter and other American military aircraft found no survivors, but the search was continuing

Daniel Pearl, the Wall Street Journal reporter taken hostage a month ago by Islamic extremists in Pakistan, is dead, the State Department said

Military jets flew hundreds of sorties against a major rebel stronghold Thursday, bringing Colombia's 38-year civil war into a potentially bloodier phase after the peace process was abruptly halted

Growing signs of instability in Afghanistan, where rival warlords are battling for power, threaten to propel the American military into a bigger role in fending off chaos.

Gunmen opened fire on a British patrol in Kabul and the British returned fire, a spokesman for the peacekeepers said Thursday. There were no immediate reports of casualties on either side as a result of the brief exchange of gunfire Wednesday night

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February 22, 2002
A U.S. military helicopter apparently caught fire before plunging into the sea in the southern Philippines before dawn Friday while participating in a counterterrorism training exercise

Pakistan's president vowed on Friday to hunt down every one of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl's kidnappers and to treat terrorism with "an iron hand." Police said they were no longer restrained in the hunt for the kidnappers by concern for the safety of the hostage.

Jonas Savimbi, leader of the rebel group that has fought the government and frustrated peace efforts for nearly three decades, was killed Friday in a military attack on UNITA forces in southeast Angola, the army and government said.

The United States wants to make sure Afghanistan's internal rivalries don't rekindle civil war and plunge that country again into killing and chaos.

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February 23, 2002
Pakistan has warned U.S. and other foreign diplomatic missions and businesses to boost their security, fearing that the slaying of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl may signal a wider plan to thwart President Pervez Musharraf's drive against extremism.

President Andres Pastrana returned Saturday to the very spot in former rebel territory where he began a tortuous peace process three years ago and blamed the guerrillas for sabotaging the talks to end Colombia's 38-year war

On his presidential tour of Asia, President Bush pushed Japan to get its economy in order, reassured South Koreans he's not about to make war on their peninsula and nudged forward the tentative U.S.-China partnership forged after Sept. 11.

An Italian court convicted the suspected head of Osama bin Laden's European arm, handing down the first guilty verdict in Europe tied to the al-Qaida network since the Sept. 11 attacks.

A Saudi offer of Arab peace with Israel in exchange for land to Palestinians could provide an opening as the United States makes a new push to halt the region's rising violence

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February 24, 2002
.The hunt for the killers of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl is targeting three Arab nationals — an indication, investigators say, that the perpetrators may be linked to Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida terrorist network

Hamid Karzai, making his first official visit to Iran as interim leader of Afghanistan, urged the United States and Iran on Sunday to put aside their differences and to focus on helping to rebuild his impoverished country.

Angola's government wants to secure a cease-fire and revive the collapsed peace process following the death of UNITA rebel leader Jonas Savimbi, Portugal's foreign minister said Sunday after meeting with Angola's president.

Israel decided Sunday to draw tanks back from Yasser Arafat's compound but continue restricting him to the West Bank city of Ramallah — a halfway measure that led angry Palestinians to cancel planned cease-fire talks with Israeli security officials.

Police are searching for three Arab nationals believed to have played a role in the kidnapping and murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, a senior investigator said, suggesting there may be a link between the kidnappers and Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida terrorist network.

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February 25, 2002
The war in Afghanistan and Pentagon efforts to bolster security at home will cost a projected $30 billion this year, far more than Congress has provided, according to Defense Department documents obtained by The Associated Press

Israel vowed to retaliate after a day of attacks — including a late-night shooting on a Jerusalem bus stop — killed five people from both sides and brought an end to a brief reprieve from Israeli-Palestinian violence.

The U.S. commander of the war in Afghanistan defended the actions of American soldiers in a January raid that killed 16 Afghans later determined to be friendly forces.

A Pakistani judge on Monday gave prosecutors two more weeks to build their case against three Islamic militants accused in the kidnapping and murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.

Iraq's foreign minister has agreed to meet with U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan next month in a resumption of their dialogue

The training is basic, but the boot camp that began Monday at a bombed out former military academy was hailed as a first step in building a national army seen as crucial to the stability of Afghanistan's fledgling government

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February 26, 2002
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon told an EU envoy Tuesday he was willing to meet Saudi officials, publicly or behind the scenes, to explore their proposals for an overall Mideast peace

The top brass of Kabul's new police force got their first lesson in fighting street crime Tuesday with a mock demonstration by international peacekeepers. But they're missing a few key crimefighting tools — from pens to police cars

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February 27, 2002
With U.S. military advisers already in Georgia — and with the prospect of hundreds more American troops being sent to Russia's doorstep — Georgian and U.S. officials denied Wednesday that American soldiers would go into combat against terrorism in the small Caucasus nation.

Crown Prince Abdullah said he will press the Arab League to back a Saudi land-for-peace offer to end the Arab-Israeli conflict, a top EU official said Wednesday.

Muslim attackers armed with stones and kerosene descended on a train carrying hundreds of Hindu nationalists on Wednesday, setting fire to four cars and killing 57 people

Iran, denounced by President Bush as part of an "axis of evil," urged U.S. allies Wednesday to lobby the American administration against unilateral military action in the war on terrorism

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February 28, 2002
The Israeli military attacked two West Bank refugee camps with helicopter gunships, tanks and paratroopers Thursday in a high-stakes attempt to break strongholds of Palestinian militants. An Israeli soldier and 11 Palestinians were killed — pushing the Palestinian toll past 1,000 in 17 months of fighting

Incensed that two guards stripped a detainee of his turban during prayer, nearly two-thirds of the prisoners captured in the Afghan war refused lunch Thursday and chanted "God is great" in Arabic in their first mass protest since arriving at the base.

Angry Hindus set fire to homes in a Muslim neighborhood Thursday and then kept firefighters away for hours, dragging out one former lawmaker and burning him alive. At least 58 people died in revenge attacks triggered by a Muslim assault on a train.

A mortar shell slammed into a rural Afghan school Thursday as boys began lessons, killing one child and injuring dozens, officials said. British peacekeepers in the capital reported coming under fire for the third time in as many weeks.

A groundbreaking constitutional convention began work Thursday hoping to drastically overhaul how the European Union operates ahead of the club's largest expansion ever.

U.S. planes patrolling a no-fly zone over northern Iraq bombed an Iraqi air defense system Thursday in response to Iraqi anti-aircraft fire, the U.S. military said. It was the second time this year that U.S. planes have bombed air defense sites in the north.

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