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Published: Thu, February 28, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



ALSO IN THE NEWS

War-related developments

In other developments in the war on terrorism:

Federal authorities have subpoenaed documents and anthrax samples from the nation's scientific laboratories in their hunt for the origin of the anthrax used in last year's mail attacks. Officials believe the attacks, which killed five people and sickened 13, were the work of a scientist who may have obtained the spores from one of a dozen labs that have the Ames strain on hand. They hope to narrow the source through complex genetic analysis now under way.

A temporary memorial for the victims of the World Trade Center attacks will soon shine. The "Tribute of Light" will consist of two diffused vertical beams of light, rising from 50-foot bases in a vacant New York parking lot near the trade center site, said Marian Fontana, president of the Sept. 11 Widows' and Victims' Families Association. The memorial will run from March 11 to April 13, and the beams will be illuminated nightly until 11 p.m.

Residents of Islamic countries harbor deep resentment toward the United States and believe the military action in Afghanistan is not morally justified, Gallup polls conducted in nine countries find. The polls were taken in nine predominantly Muslim countries -- Indonesia, Iran, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Turkey in December and January. People in those countries had widespread doubts that Arabs were involved in the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States. The percentage that believed Arabs were not involved ranged from 89 percent in Kuwait, which was liberated by U.S. troops in the Persian Gulf war a decade ago, to 43 percent in Turkey, a NATO ally of the United States.

Hundreds of firefighters and emergency medical workers who responded to the World Trade Center attack have reported nightmares, sudden anger and other psychological symptoms so severe that they were taken off active duty. The 14,000-member Fire Department said it has put about 350 people with stress-related problems on light duty or medical leave since Sept. 11. Nearly 2,000 more firefighters, fire officers and workers in the department's Emergency Medical Service unit have seen a counselor since Sept. 11 through the FDNY's counseling services unit.

The United Nations made its largest annual appeal for Afghanistan today, asking for $1.18 billion for an impoverished nation in need of nearly everything -- from hospitals and schools to food and shelter for returning refugees. Evidence of Afghanistan's massive need is everywhere: An estimated 9 million people are hungry. Adding to the nation's burden, many of the 5 million refugees who fled the country under the Taliban regime may return to their war-ruined homeland this year.

Source: Associated Press




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