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A man in Washington state says he's found a way to lose weight and
make a little money. Clyde Arnold of Spokane weighed 300 pounds.
Ten years ago, his doctor said he had to exercise and lose weight,
or die. Now Arnold weighs just over 150 pounds. His main exercise
is walking around and picking up empty cans. Arnold says he walks
25 miles a day and sells the cans he finds.
Israel Apologizes for Missile Attack
By Edward Yeranian (Beirut)
Six Lebanese Civilians, including three children, were killed and
18 others wounded in a series of Israeli raids on Southern Lebanon
Thursday afternoon. The Israel Defense Force later apologized,
saying the missile had gone off course.
Israeli planes bombed several targets in Southern Lebanon causing
a number of civilian casualties. Police and rescue workers dug
frantically through the rubble of a three story house, after an
Israeli missile blew it apart.
The raids are part of an ongoing struggle between Israel and the
Islamic fundamentalist group, Hizbullah. Hizbullah has been trying
to dislodge Israeli forces from a 7.2 mile border zone in Southern
Israeli planes carried out five raids against Hizbullah oppositions
'Unofficial War' Exists Between Israel and Iran
By Ed Warner (Washington)
Four recent terrorist attacks in London, Buenos Aires and Panama
have led to accusations against Iran and signs of a possible link
between Middle East extremists and similar groups in Latin America.
In a preliminary appraisal, investigators suspect Iran-sponsored
Hizbullah carried out the bombings of Jewish organizations in
London and Buenos Aires and a plane in Panama.
Graham fuller of the rand corporation and a former top middle
East analyst for the CIA, agrees the Iranians were probably
involved. They are the only ones with a motive, he says, while
the Palestinians seem reconciled to the peace process with
Israel: "Iran is the only state which has outspokenly opposed the
peace process. But I would add, too, that I don't think Iran
necessarily believes it can really stop the peace process. I think
that's almost impossible. These explosions will have almost no
effect on the peace process. But at least it establishes Iran's
ideological commitment, the fact that it is continuing the struggle
for the recovery of all of Palestine. It's a statement by
hardliners in Iran."
Fuller says the hardliners have been gaining in Iran, partly
in response to Israeli actions. Israel has identified Iran as
its principal enemy in the Middle East now that Iraq has been
weakened: "Iran is very sensitive to Israeli diplomatic gains, and
what they see is encirclement with Israeli ties to Azerbaijan just
to the north of Iran, Israeli ties with Turkey, Israeli activity in
Central Asia and then the Israeli assassination of a leading cleric
last year in Southern Lebanon and the recent very heavy bombings of
Hizbullah camps in Lebanon. So there's an unofficial war going on
clearly between Iran and Israel at this point."
Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres recently made a trip to
Uzbekistan in Central Asia, where he encouraged the government to
continue its crackdown on Islamic fundamentalists.
Some analysts say Middle East terrorists have forged links to
similar groups in Latin America, especially Argentina, where a
recent bombing occurred. They think former communists or
neo-Nazis may be involved. Fuller says it's possible: "If we recall
in the early days of the Islamic revolution in Iran, they said that
they really have a sense of solidarity with all movements and all
countries that were struggling against Western imperialism. So it
could be that if the hardliners are strengthening their position
and their role, they are maybe going back to working more closely
with anybody that seems opposed to American interests or American
allies or a Western dominated world order."
But William Ratliss, a senior research fellow at the Hoover
Institution who specializes in Argentina, warns against jumping
to conclusions: "Some Argentines evidently were involved in the
bombing, but I don't believe it really has much to do with
Argentina. Argentina, I think you have to remember, has one of the
largest Jewish communities in the world, and there has been a long
history of some anti-Semitism in Argentina. But by all the
evidence I've seen, this particular act of barbarism must be a
Middle East phenomenon. I think it's just a matter of Argentina
was simply the locality where an action initiated and perpetrated
from the Middle East has been carried out."
Fuller says the bombings that killed innocent people will do
nothing to further Iran's cause. More than ever, it will be
regarded as an outlaw state.
Palestinian Leaders Visit Jerusalem
By Art Chimes (Jerusalem)
Two prominent Palestinian officials have visited Islam's sacred
Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem in recent days. They are the first
members of the Palestinian National Authority known to have visited
Jerusalem -- the city whose status remains one of the most
sensitive issues on the Arab-Israeli agenda.
Palestinian Information Minister Yasser Abed Rabbo and Labor
Minister Intissar al-Wazir -- better known as Um Jihad -- have made
low-profile visits to Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque, the third holiest
shrine in Islam. Abed Rabbo came Wednesday, and Um Jihad's visit
was a bit before that.
Israeli authorities complain that the visits were not coordinated
in advance with them. National police spokesman Eric Bar Chen says
they need advance notice when prominent individuals want to visit
Al-Aqsa mosque for security and other reasons.
"We want to make sure everything goes off smoothly. And obviously,
things have to be planned in advance. (The visit by) someone of
Abed Rabbo's ranking can't be compared to the visit of an ordinary
citizen who lives in Gaza. No way. It's a different matter
completely. Any political figure from anywhere who wants to make a
visit there, obviously it has to be arranged in advance."
Opposition politicians were quick to denounce the visits by the
Palestinian officials. Likud Party officials say that if the
government of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin cannot prevent PLO
officials from coming to Jerusalem, it will not be able to stand
up to the greater challenges Israel faces as it continues
negotiations with its Arab neighbors.
The status of Jerusalem remains one of the thorniest in the
Arab-Israeli conflict. Rabin last week acknowledged Jordan's
"special role" in administering the Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem.
That angered Palestinians who claim authority in the city and want
to establish the capital of their future state in Jerusalem.
Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat called for immediate negotiations
with Israel on the status of the city. Rabin countered by saying
talks about the final status of Jerusalem would not take place
until May of 1996 in accordance with last September's Israel/PLO
In fact, the agreement provides that negotiations on Jerusalem
should begin "as soon as possible," but not later than the 1996
date cited by Rabin. Israel has repeatedly stated its position
that Jerusalem will remain its eternal and undivided capital.
New Alzheimer's Disease Theory
Experts say that head size does not predict intelligence. So,
people with large heads aren't necessarily brighter than people
with small heads. But small-headed people may be at a disadvantage
when it comes to Alzheimer's Disease. A researcher has found that
older people with smaller heads are more likely to develop
Alzheimer's and other forms of age-related dementia.
The study was conducted by Amy Graves of the Batelle Center of
Public Research in Seattle, Wash. The study involved over 1,400
Japanese-Americans over the age of 65. All of them lived in King
County in Washington State. Doctor Graves gave each study
participant a standardized test that rated cognitive abilities.
And it turns out that senior citizens with very small heads were 14
times more likely to do poorly on the test; a sign of some form of
Graves recently presented her findings at the Fourth International
Conference on Alzheimer's Disease, which took place in Minneapolis,
In her study, researcher Graves also was able to show a connection
between head size and the number, and size, of neurons in the
brain. She speculated that a bigger brain provides a reserve of
brain cells -- that the extra brain cells serve as a "buffer"
against the development of dementia in old age, since people lose
brain cells as the grow older.
But she emphasized that not all older people with small heads are
impaired; nor is having a large head a guarantee that you won't
develop Alzheimer's or some other age-related mental disorder.
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