The Week That Was

October 07, 2001

The Crisis

PRESIDENT BUSH offered $320 million in humanitarian aid for the Afghan people and neighboring states "in a time of crisis and in a time of need" . . . . NATO said the United States had presented "clear and compelling proof" that Osama bin Laden's organization was behind the attacks of Sept. 11 and acceded to all eight of the U. S. requests for assistance in the fight against terrorism . . . . SECURITY for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City will be stepped up at a cost of about $70 million ... FAMILIES of more than 5,000 people lost in the World Trade Center in New York will each receive an urn containing dirt from what is now considered a mass grave . . . . MAYOR RUDOLPH W. GIULIANI of New York dropped the idea trying to nab a third term . . . . THE PHILIPPINES offered help for the United States, including reopening of two former U.S. bases, Clark and Subic Bay . . . . TALIBAN Ambassador Abdul Salam Zaeef suggested his people might be willing to negotiate terms for the handover of Osama bin Laden . . . . FRANCE said an Algerian-Frenchman detained in Paris acknowledged plotting to blow up the American Embassy in Paris . . . . SUDAN offered to arrest Osama bin Laden and turn him over to Saudi Arabia for prosecution in 1996, but the Saudis rejected the proposal, the Washington Post reported . . . . PRESIDENT BUSH and Washington Mayor Anthony A. Williams dined out with their wives in a gesture to stimulate spending ... DONALD H. RUMSFELD, secretary of defense, was dispatched to the Middle East and Central Asia to drum up support for the fight against terrorism . . . . NINETEEN countries agreed to freeze the assets of terrorists, and the United States said that as much as $100 million was frozen . . . . WAYNE A. DOWNING, a retired Army general and specialist in counterterrorism, was picked for a new counterterrorism post on the National Security Council . . . . KING MOHAMMED ZAHIR SHAH, the former ruler of Afghanistan who has been living in Rome since he was toppled in a Soviet-led coup in 1973, was visited by U.S. congressmen and anti-Taliban forces who suggested he might leave his villa to help reunite Afghanistan . . . . PRESIDENT BUSH urged Congress to approve an economic stimulus plan of $60 billion to $75 billion . . . . NEW CLAIMS for unemployment benefits shot up to the highest level in nine years.

The World

THE BUSH administration publicly supported Palestinian statehood marking the first time that this administration has said what a final peace settlement should include . . . . MIDDLE EAST peace prospects were set back again by heightened bloodshed . . . . THE SENATE voted 88-12 to approve a historic agreement to normalize trade relations with former war enemy Vietnam . . . . A SUICIDE squad apparently seeking to get India to give up the disputed province of Kashmir, bombed and shot up the Legislative Assembly building in Srinigar, killing 38 . . . . NGUYEN VAN THIEU, the last president of South Vietnam, died in Boston at age 76 . . . . SOUTH AFRICA began moving 1,000 elephants from Kruger National Park to a contiguous park in Mozambique, replacing animals killed during that country's civil war . . . . RUSSIA signed a deal with Iran for up to $300 million in annual arms sales and announced plans to deliver next month the first of two nuclear reactors for a power station on the Persian Gulf . . . . POPE JOHN PAUL II opened a monthlong meeting of more than 200 bishops and cardinals from around the world . . . . HAITIAN President Jean-Bertrand Aristide marked the 10th anniversary of the coup that forced him into exile by calling on the United States to extradite Emmanuel Constant, who lives in New York and was sentenced to life in prison in absentia by a Haitian court for his role in violence that followed the coup . . . . A PROTESTANT extremist group, the Red Hand Defenders, took credit for the drive-by shooting that killed Martin O'Hagan, a reporter for the Sunday World who wrote about paramilitaries and drug gangs . . . . COLOMBIANS mourned the death of former culture minister Consuelo Aruajo, popular for her promotion of local music and arts, who was kidnapped and killed by a rebel group that blamed her death on a government rescue attempt.

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