Bitter anger mixed with grief in Baghdad yesterday as Iraqis buried some of the dead from the allied bombing raid on what the Iraqis said was an air raid shelter and allies characterized as a command and control center. Estimates of those killed varied widely while crews continued to search the wreckage.

The United Nations Security Council closed-door debate on the Persian Gulf War began yesterday without the emotional impact of live television coverage. Some nations opposed to the war indicated they will not speak as a protest against closing the session.

Soviet spokesmen said they were "cautiously optimistic" following a Tuesday meeting between a Soviet envoy and and the Iraqi regime, but U.S. officials said they are still waiting for indications of substantive progress toward peace.

The price tag for the first three months of the war will be $56 billion, with U.S. taxpayers picking up $15 billion of that and the allies the rest. President Bush will put those numbers in a supplemental budget request to Congress next week, according to administration officials, but there will be no increased aid to Israel and Turkey included.

The success of the Patriot anti-missile system in the war has bolstered the political arguments of those who want to shift the focus of the Strategic Defense Initiative -- "Star Wars" -- to a ground-based system opposing shorter-range tactical missiles rather than a space-based system against intercontinental missiles.