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QUEEN URGES MODERATES TO SPEAK OUT IN MIDEAST

BOGOTA, COLOMBIA (AP) -- Muslim moderates must speak out against the "distorted ranting" of extremists who carry out beheadings and suicide bombings, Queen Noor of Jordan said in an interview with the Associated Press.

The American-born widow of King Hussein also said the United States should tone down its militaristic approach to the problems of the Middle East. She urged a softer approach, including education and cross-cultural programs.

"What I believe are the vast majority of moderate Muslim clerics . . . do not at all subscribe to the distorted ranting of these militant extremist groups and abhor the form that their zealotry has taken in terms of beheadings and suicide bombings and the killings of innocents, because these are forbidden in Islam," the Jordanian queen said in the interview Sunday evening.

REPORT SAYS AIRMAN DIED AFTER 10 YEARS AS CAPTIVE

JERUSALEM (AP) -- A former German official who negotiated prisoner swaps between Israel and the Lebanese Hezbollah militia says an Israeli airman shot down over Lebanon in 1986 died 10 years later, the Jerusalem Post newspaper reported Monday.

Citing the transcript of a documentary broadcast Monday evening on Germany's WDR television, the newspaper said German intelligence officials think that Ron Arad died in 1996, sometime after he was handed by Lebanese fighters to their Iranian sponsors.

The Israeli government considers Arad to be alive, saying that it has not received conclusive evidence to the contrary. Israel thinks that Hezbollah kept Arad for some time after his plane was shot down and then turned him over to Iranian Revolutionary Guards in Lebanon.

BUSH EXPLOITS 9/1 1, SAYS CARTER; MEDIA CHIDED

LONDON (AP) -- President Bush has exploited the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and a timorous American media have not held him to account, former President Jimmy Carter said in an interview published Monday.

Carter was asked by the Guardian newspaper why he failed to win re-election in 1980 against Ronald Reagan after Iranian radicals held U.S. citizens hostage for 444 days, while Bush may win re-election despite misgivings over the Iraq war.

"The basic reason is that our country suffered, in 9/1 1, a terrible and shocking attack . . . and George Bush has been adroit at exploiting that attack, and he has elevated himself, in the consciousness of many Americans, to a heroic commander in chief, fighting a global threat against America," Carter said.

"He's repeatedly played that card, and to some degree quite successfully."

78 KILLED AFTER RIOT WHILE IN POLICE CUSTODY

PATTANI, THAILAND (AP) -- At least 78 people were suffocated or crushed to death after being arrested and packed into police trucks after a riot in southern Thailand, officials said today.

The dead were among some 1,300 people arrested Monday following a riot in Thailand's Muslim-dominated southern provinces, which have been struck by unrest this year.

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