The Week That Was

October 21, 2001

The Crisis

A letter containing anthrax that came to Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle closed the House of Representatives and the Senate office building. ... Anthrax was reported at New York offices of Gov. George E. Pataki, at The New York Post, ABC news and CBS. ... Investigators focusing on the route of a Trenton, N.J., postal worker who developed anthrax found the mailbox where the letters were sent to Daschle and NBC anchor Tom Brokaw. ... Tom Ridge, new domestic security chief, said anthrax spores sent to a tabloid newspaper building in Florida, NBC and Daschle all matched and had not been milled into weapon-grade particles that could spread easily in the air. ... The Bush administration asked Congress for $1.5 billion to stockpile emergency medicine, including antibiotics to fight anthrax and enough smallpox vaccine for the entire country. ... U.S. Special Forces are reported on the ground in southern Afghanistan. ... Iran quietly told the U.S. it would rescue any American pilots who ended up in that country. ... A Kuwaiti sheik lambasted his country for its lackluster support of the war against terrorism, saying its policies have been "hijacked" by Islamic militant groups. ... Chinese President Jiang Zemin told President Bush, who was in Shanghai, that China is eager to aid the fight against terrorism. ... Afghan rebel groups said several thousand Taliban troops have changed sides. ... Secretary of State Colin L. Powell hinted that a new government in Afghanistan could include moderate members of the Taliban. ... The Taliban foreign minister, in Pakistan, apparently did not defect as some reported, but did discuss the more moderate elements in the Taliban arranging to hand over Osama bin Laden. ... Vice President Richard Cheney, in a rare post-Sept. 11 public appearance, visited the site of the World Trade Centers in New York. ... The White House proposed a plan that would see the federal government pay up to 90 percent of insurance claims resulting from a terrorist attack. ... More than 100 members of the Maryland National Guard were called to active duty. ... Four followers of bin Laden were given life sentences in a New York court for their role in the 1998 bombing of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. ... Canada overrode the Bayer patent on Cipro, the most common anti-anthrax drug.

The World

Israeli troops moved into Palestinian cities, killing six, in reaction to the assassination of Rehavan Ze'evi, Israel's minister of tourism, who was killed at the East Jerusalem hotel where he often stayed. The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine claimed it killed the right-wing Ze'evi, who advocated expelling Palestineans from the West Bank and Gaza Strip. ... Winnie Mandela was arrested in South Africa and charged with fraud and theft involving loans obtained by fictitious members of her staff. ... Drug traffic in the Caribbean was up 25 percent in recent weeks as smugglers took advantage of law enforcement's focus on terrorism, according to U.S. drug czar Asa Hutchinson. ... China executed two Muslim separatists in the far western region of Xinjiang. ... Australian Peter Carey won the Booker Prize for his novel "True History of the Kelly Gang." ... Russia closed two electronic spy operations, including one in Cuba. ... Imelda Marcos, former first lady of the Philippines, was arrested in the Philippines on corruption charges involving money she is accused of stealing in the 1970s. ... DNA and radiocarbon tests on a body in a lead coffin in Padua, Italy showed it to be that of a man from the region of Antioch who died between 72 and 416 A.D., supporting traditional belief that it is the remains of St. Luke.

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