Volume 95, Issue 24

Tuesday, October 16, 2001
 
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NEWS

The world at war

BOG candidates speak to the masses

Experts say no need for Anthrax paranoia

Techies get university of their own

Kidnappings and flaming tires cap week of crime

News Briefs

Editor's Note

UWO United Way kicks-off

The world at war

By Aaron Wherry
Gazette Staff


Anthrax hysteria continued around the globe as United States-led attacks in Afghanistan intensified.

Bio-terrorism fears reached Washington, on Monday, when preliminary tests indicated that the powdery substance in a letter sent to Senator Tom Daschle's office was anthrax.

The letter was postmarked Trenton, New Jersey, much like letters sent to NBC's headquarters in New York and the New York Times on Friday.

The total number of Americans exposed to anthrax reached 12 over the weekend – including incidents in Florida, New York and Nevada.

President George W. Bush acknowledged the possibility the latest anthrax attacks were the work of Osama bin Laden – the chief suspect in the Sept. 11 attacks on America.

"There may be a possible link," Bush said. "It's clear Mr. bin Laden is an evil man who is openly bragging about inflicting more pain on our country. I wouldn't put it past him but we don't have any hard evidence."

Anthrax scares also hit Germany, Australia and Canada, where portions of Ottawa's Parliament Buildings were sealed off after an envelope opened by a staff member contained a substance that caused a rash on her arms.

In Afghanistan, U.S. planes launched a ninth day of strikes.

The attacks on an airport and military base near the capital of Kabul were reportedly the heaviest to date.

U.S. planes also began dropping leaflets on Afghanistan, in hopes of reassuring citizens that American attacks are designed to punish terrorists, not innocent civilians.

In neighbouring Pakistan, Muslim militants launched a nationwide strike to protest their government's support for U.S.-led attacks. The strike, which drew a limited response, came as U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell arrived in Pakistan to discuss the U.S. military campaign.

Also of concern to Powell is the simmering conflict between Pakistan and neighbouring India over the disputed territory of Kashmir. Indian forces shelled Pakistani forces surrounding Kahmir on Monday, breaking a 10-month cease-fire.

On the home front, the Canadian government introduced a wide-ranging anti-terrorist bill designed to crack down on terrorists, block their fundraising and give police more power. The bill also seeks, for the first time in Canadian history, to define what constitutes terrorist activity.

–with files from Associated and Canadian Press


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