- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 16, 2003

Iraq arms inspectors find illegal material

BRUSSELS, Belgium, Jan. 16 (UPI) — International arms inspectors have found evidence Iraq has imported illegal material for weapons, inspections chief Hans Blix told leaders of the European Union Thursday. Whether the material is related to weapons of mass destruction is as yet unknown but it is a clear violation of U.N. import bans, he said. Back in Iraq, Blix's inspectors examined two private homes, one belonging to a scientist, the other to a government official.

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EU diplomat to Iraq: Cooperate, or war

BRUSSELS, Jan. 16 (UPI) — The EU's foreign policy chief turned up the pressure on Iraq Thursday, telling leader Saddam Hussein the bloc's patience was running out. It is not enough to just open doors to arms inspectors, Javier Solana said, adding that only Iraq's proactive cooperation will the United Nations will avoid war.

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Five more countries on INS terror risk list

WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 (UPI) — The Bush administration Wednesday ordered tough new immigration exit rules and added five more Muslim countries to an alien registration list, as part of major effort to keep track of foreign visitors considered a security risk. Justice Department and the American Immigration Lawyers Association officials told UPI male citizens from Egypt, Kuwait, Jordan, Bangladesh and Indonesia will have to register when they enter the country and those already here must contact the Immigration and Naturalization Service by March 28. This brings to 25 the number of countries, mostly Muslim and many in the Middle East, whose male citizens face special registration requirements.

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Videotape captures pilots shock, worry

WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 (UPI) — The Air Force released the cockpit video and voice transmissions from the ill-fated flight of two Illinois Air National Guard pilots who may be court-martialed for the mistaken bombing of Canadian ground forces in Afghanistan last April, an accident that killed four soldiers and injured eight more. CNN obtained the dramatic tape Wednesday after it was played in the Barksdale Air Force Base, La., courtroom where evidence is being heard against the two pilots in an Article 32 hearing, similar to a preliminary hearing in civilian court.

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Texas killer of 5-year-old girl executed

HUNTSVILLE, Texas, Jan. 16 (UPI) — A Texas killer was executed Wednesday for shooting a 5-year-old girl to death in a 1997 spree ignited by the beating of his mother. John Baltazar, 30, was pronounced dead at 6:16 p.m. after receiving a lethal injection for the slaying of Adriana Marines at her Corpus Christi home. Baltazar offered no final statement before his death.

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U.S.-Singapore finish free trade pact talk

SINGAPORE, Jan. 16 (UPI) — The United States and Singapore have substantially concluded negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement, after the two countries reached an agreement on a final difficult issue: free transfer of capital during economic crises. The breakthrough clears the way for the U.S. administration to give Congress 90 days notice this month of its intention to sign the FTA with Singapore. The actual signing should occur in the second quarter of this year, with implementation in 2004.

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Tokyo stocks steady

TOKYO, Jan. 16 (UPI) — A late-session buying spree erased sharp losses early in the day Thursday, leaving Tokyo stocks virtually unchanged. Toshiba, Canon and Sony all took a beating but major banks rose on hopes they would seek foreign capital to shore up balance sheets. Japan's Nikkei 225 closed off just 0.03 percent at 8,609.17. Elsewhere, Hong Kong and Taipei, Taiwan, were lower while Seoul, South Korea, closed higher. Sydney, Australia, was lower. In Europe, stocks were lower.

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Els tries for second straight PGA victory

HONOLULU, Jan. 16 (UPI) — Coming off a record-breaking performance, Ernie Els begins his first week as the world's No. 2 player Thursday. Els will join the first full field of the season on the PGA Tour at the Sony Open. With Tiger Woods recovering from knee surgery and Phil Mickelson on vacation, Els crushed an elite field at the season-opening Mercedes Championships last week. The 33-year-old South African set a 72-hole PGA scoring record at 31-under-par 261, breezing to a wire-to-wire 8-stroke victory.

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