Volume 95, Issue 31

Friday, October 26, 2001
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London prepares for protests

Media pioneer visits Western

Students become alumni in mysterious ceremony

Professor criticizes ban on gay blood

MSA lecture discusses Islam

Police pursue possible sex stalker

The world at war

The world at war

By Aaron Wherry
Gazette Staff

A month and a half after terrorist attacks shook the United States, uncertainty continues to rule the day.

In Washington, United States Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said American forces are finding it difficult to locate suspected terrorist ring leader Osama bin Laden.

"It's like looking for a needle in a haystack," he said, during a Pentagon news conference.

Rumsfeld spent much of the conference answering questions relating to a USA Today story in which the Pentagon chief was quoted as saying the United States might not catch bin Laden.

"It's a big world," he said in Thursday's editions. "There are lots of countries. He's got a lot of money, he's got a lot of people who support him and I just don't know whether we'll be successful. Clearly, it would be highly desirable to find him."

U.S.-led strikes continued in Afghanistan as warplanes struck targets near Kabul during at least ten waves of attacks.

Taliban forces responded unsuccessfully with anti-aircraft fire.

Another case of inhalation anthrax was confirmed Thursday. This time the victim is an employee at the U.S. State Department's remote mail facility in suburban Virginia.

The unidentified mail handler works at a facility in Sterling, Va. and went to the hospital on Wednesday with flu-like symptoms.

This latest diagnosis is the 13th confirmed anthrax infection – the 6th case of inhalation anthrax – in the U.S. over the last few weeks.

Late Wednesday, officials reported that a female employee of an "electronic news organization" in Washington was also being treated for possible inhalation anthrax – the 9th case of suspected inhalation anthrax.

Spurred by the latest crisis in America, Canadian Health Minister Allan Rock said the federal government might stockpile 30 million doses of smallpox vaccine.

Rock also told the House of Commons health committee that a bioterrorist attack using smallpox would be far more dangerous than one using anthrax because smallpox is contagious.

– with files from Associated Press

and Canadian Press

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