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Monday, September 20, 2004; Page A17

Tropical Storm Jeanne Kills at Least 90 in Haiti

GONAIVES, Haiti -- Tropical Storm Jeanne brought raging floodwaters to Haiti, killing at least 90 people and leaving dozens of families huddled on rooftops as the storm pushed off into the open seas on Sunday.

Floods tore through the northwestern coastal town of Gonaives and surrounding areas Saturday night, covering crops but not engulfing homes. The interim prime minister, Gerard Latortue, and his interior minister toured the area in a U.N. truck but were not able to reach many areas because of flooded roads.

In addition to the 90 people killed, several others were reported missing and feared dead.

Jeanne did not appear likely to hit the southeast United States. It was expected to turn south over the next two days and head back out into the Atlantic.

The middle east

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- A court in Saudi Arabia sentenced a cleric to five years in jail after convicting him of seeking to justify militant violence in the kingdom, lawyers said.

Saeed Zuair was detained in April after appearing on the Arabic satellite station al-Jazeera to discuss an offer by al Qaeda's leader, Osama bin Laden, for a temporary truce with Europe.

Officials said his remarks on the program portrayed terrorist attacks and the killing of Saudi security forces as justified. His son said the remarks were taken out of context.

GAZA CITY -- An Israeli helicopter fired a missile at a car in Gaza City, residents said, killing a senior leader of the Islamic Resistance Movement, or Hamas.

Witnesses said parts of a dismembered body were pulled from the wreckage. Hospital officials said six people, all bystanders returning from a mosque, were wounded, two of them seriously.

Hamas identified the dead man as Khaled Abu Shamiyeh, 30, from the Shati refugee camp.

Asia

BEIJING -- China's commerce minister, Bo Xilai, urged the United States and other countries to live up to World Trade Organization pacts and refrain from seeking limits on Chinese textile exports when global quotas expire next year.

"We believe that WTO members will honor their word," Bo said in a speech at a conference in Beijing. Open textile markets are an "important right" secured in exchange for concessions during China's negotiations to enter the global trade body, he said.

U.S. textile makers are preparing to file dozens of trade complaints against China in a bid to cap an expected surge in imports of pants, shirts, towels and other items.

SEOUL -- A delegation from the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency arrived in South Korea for a follow-up probe into the country's secret nuclear experiments.

-- From News Services


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