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Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - June 23, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba BRANDON June 2002 AS Hospitalized drifter questioned about Utah girls disappearance BY VICKI SMITH Associated Press A hos pitalized drifter sought for questioning in the disappearance of a teenager in Utah was alert and talking with investi gators Bret Michael remained in serious condition in a secure section of intensive care at City Hospital under the watch of mar He is being treated for a possible drug Hes hes coherent and hes hospital spokeswoman Teresa McCabe Salt Lake City police have said Edmunds is wanted for questioning in the June 5 disappearance of 14yearold Elizabeth They have not called him a who appeared at the hos pital began talking with a Salt Lake City police officer and FBI agent yesterday Doctors monitored Edmunds condition to ensure he was up to the McCabe said Edmunds would stay at the hospital at least three or four She would not divulge details of his citing confidentiality Edmunds is being held on a federal warrant charging him with fleeing to avoid prosecution for a probation viola The charges are unrelated to the Smart He is still not a suspect at this Police Chief Rick Dinse Hes a question and we want to put a period on that question who was living out of his Saturn had been seen in the Smart neighbourhood the week the girl While Elizabeths sister described the alleged kidnapper as a 5 foot8 Edmunds stands A Saturn found in the hospital park ing lot was impounded and towed Police saw nothing suspicious through the windows and are seeking a search Also sheriffs deputies said their search dogs were unable to find a scent at a subdivision neaf Salt Lake A police search was prompt ed after dogs owned by search volun teers apparently picked up Elizabeths scent Israel plans to continue offensive after deadly attacks JERUSALEM The Israeli military was preparing a crush ing and decisive response to recent Palestinian and it could include an extended stay by Israeli troops in Palestinian a senior defence official said Israeli troops have poured into several Palestinian towns and cities in recent and as of last remained in at least six places in the West where strict curfews were in In two refugee camps on the edge of Israeli fire wounded five Palestinians who were out during a temporary lift ing of the Palestinian witnesses The Israeli army said it was checking the Other West Bank towns occu pied by Israeli troops were most ly quiet Prime Minister Ariel Sharons government has endorsed a plan to gradually reoccupy Palestinian land until suicide bombings and shootings The move came after a bloody week that left 33 Israelis and 18 Palestinians lead ing President George Bush to put off an address that was to outline his proposal for moving toward a Palestinian Amos director general of the Defence suggest ed that the current operation could be even larger in scale than the sixweek sweep through the West Bank that ended in This terrorism cannot be allowed to Our response has to be crushing and Yaron said in an inter view on Israel We have to take much more massive action than we have up until If what we have done in the previous operation was not so well do it with even more he If we have to stay in the territories for more well do it for more During the earlier the Israeli forces killed or arrest ed scores of suspected Palestinian shattered Palestinian and kept Palestinian President Yasser Arafat imprisoned in his battered office headquarters for more than a Yarden adviser to Defence Minister Binyamin Ben said reserves were being called up for the but the number would be less than a Vatikai also said that Ben Eliezer expressed regret and called for an investigation into a tank shooting Friday in Jenin that left four Palestinians three of them ages 6 to Press ASSOCIATED PRESS Two Palestinian children cross the Kalandia checkpoint on the out skirts of the West Bank town of Ramallah EU leaders agree to tighten immigration controls BY PAUL AMES Associated Press Spain European Union leaders backed away yester day from threatening poor coun tries with sanctions if they fail to stop illegal immigrants heading to the but agreed to tighten con trols against the halfamillion clan destine migrants estimated to enter the EU every Europe must no longer be the victim of uncontrolled flows of said French President Jacques The EUs midyear summit failed to end the dispute between Greece and which is holding up its plans to develop a military wing with a peacekeeping British Prime Minister Tony German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and the other 12 EU leaders also reconfirmed their plan to wrap up membership negotiations with 10 candidate nations by the end of the they postponed efforts to resolve a bitter internal debate on whether to extend die EUs billion Cdn annual aid programs for farmers and poor regions to include Hungary and the other eight candidates who are expected to enter the Union on The need for the tight security at the meeting was underscored when five bombs exploded which were planted around Spain to coincide with the Police said the Basque separatist group ETA claimed A British tourist was seriously injured in the first blast a car bomb Friday in the beach resort of 115 kilometres south east of Eight other people were injured in the Demonstrations by antiglobal ization campaigners and a nation wide general strike on the eve of the meeting to protest the economic policies of Spains conservative gov ernment also disrupted summit The World Cup intruded too as leaders took time out to watch their soccer teams on Schroeder cheered Germany to a 1 0 victory over the United States Blair and Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar watched their teams crash Immigration topped the summit agenda as the leaders scrambled to respond to the wave of election gains by farright politicians such as Frances JeanMarie Le Pen and Austrias Joerg People know there is a serious problem in Blair told Moderate people of the centreleft or centreright have to tackle this issue or the extremists will exploit The leaders agreed to help each other boost border defences against illegal immigrants who mostly enter the bloc along its land fron tiers with eastern Europe and the or by boat across the Mediterranean Sea to Italy or Other EU countries said they would help frontline countries share the burden of guarding the Unions external border by sending reinforcements to help border joint training and shared Aid groups push for expanded peacekeeping force in Afghanistan KABUL International aid groups pleaded yesterday for peacekeepers to move out of the capital and into north ern Afghanistan after violent assaults on workers and a relief convoy this the violence will threat en the work of aid undermine the stability of the new government of President Hamid Karzai and jeopardize billions of dollars in foreign aid needed to rebuild Afghanistan after two decades of the aid workers It is becoming almost impossible for nongovernmental organizations to work effectively in the said Ian Purves of the Agency Coordinating Body for an umbrella group that represents 66 local and inter national aid Three times in the past aid groups have been targeted in attacks in the northern Balkh On June an international clinic in Sholgara was attacked by rival Two days a female aid worker was gangraped while her Afghan driver was severely beaten en route to their On June a food supply truck heading for a refugee camp outside the city of Security breach forces evacuation of terminal DALLAS An airline terminal at DallasFort Worth International Airport was evacuated for just over an hour yes terday morning after a man entered a secure area without being The terrninaJ was closed from to about Fortyone flights were delayed Press Mazare Sharif was fired There have been other reports of intimidation of local aid as well as robberies and looting of agency Sending peacekeepers into the major northern city of Mazare Sharif would send a strong message that the interna tional community wont tolerate insecu rity throughout the Purves The force of more than peace keepers from 19 countries known as the International Security Assistance Force is currently confined by United Nations mandate to securing the UN Secretary General Kofi as well as Afghanistans has called on the Security Council to expand the force to other But the Security Council has repeat edly balked at the rejecting an expanded international force in favour of quickly training a national Afghan army and police That process has start with troops taking the lead in but it is not expected to be com pleted for 18 Press Helping you bear better Macdonald Optical Hearing Aids Contact Lenses 831 RflWir 7271496 Plus FEATHER LLOWS IN BRIEF China applauds refusal of refugee status for smuggling fugitive BEIJING China yesterday welcomed a Canadian immigration panels ruling that refused refugee status to a Chinese fugitive accused of leading one of the biggest crime rings of the communist Lai Changxing was taken into custody Friday in Vancouver after die and a spokeswoman for the Canadian immigration agency said it was waiting for an order to deport Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao said the ruling conforms to the fact that Lai is a criminal fugi the official Xinhua News Agency Lai is accused of leading a gang that smuggled cigarettes and other goods into costing the national treasury billion US in lost import Lai fled to Canada with his wife and children in August 1999 and appealed for refugee status the following Malaysian prime minister flipflops on resignation KUALA Malaysia In a bizarre Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad announced he was resigning from leading his party and the governing coalition but changed his mind after supporters begged him to The political drama played out on national television and was denounced by the opposition fundamentalist Pan Malaysian Islamic Party as a ploy to gain support ahead of elections that loyalists hope he will call has led Malaysia for 21 years and appears increasingly strong against the who gained against his party in 1999 as voters reacted to the sacking and jailing of his popular Anwar The prime minister announced his resignation in a closing speech at the annual congress of his United Malays National The reaction among supporters demonstrated that many Malaysians cannot imagine another Juggling the interests of the Malay Muslim majority with those of the large Chinese and Indian Mahathir has transformed his country into one of Asias Italy investigating people in child porn crackdown Italy A yearlong Internet child pornogra phy investigation has resulted in people being placed under investigation among them police members of the armed forces and police said No arrests have been pending further investiga but police announced the tally so saying seizures across 80 Italian towns had netted 280 more than floppy about pictures and more than Most of the seized material involved images of children from Asia and Eastern some younger than police At beginning of the it was not possible to imagine the amount of material which was subsequently it is also clear that this is a phenome non of international said Giovanni the provincial commander of Based on interceptions of more than police determined that those under investigation had used four Internet service providers to access the he Profits were then deposited by the providers in Russian bank Associated Press Feature of the Week The Brandon Police Service is seeking the publics assistance in finding MISSING PERSON Erin Chornery was last seen In the late evening hours of April 2002 near Crocus Plains Regional Secondary Erin had left a friends She made a phone call in the early morning hours of April She has not been heard from or seen Erin is described as 120 blue blonde Last seen waring black black blue and yellow running If you have seen Erin or know of her whereabouts please 727TIPS 7278477 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