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A plane carrying 30 more detainees captured in Afghanistan was due to arrive at the US naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as the Monitor went to press. The first of five planned flights in coming days follows a two-week break, as US troops built 320 more cells at Camp X-Ray, which already houses 158 detainees. Above, US military police escort an unidentified detainee to an interrogation session.

A missile from a remote-controlled CIA spy plane may have killed an Al Qaeda leader, a US official in southern Afghanistan said. The US military has reported seven Al Qaeda leaders killed in Afghanistan. Another 15, including Osama bin Laden, are unaccounted for.

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was expected to be disappointed in asking President Bush to suspend US contacts with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in their meeting in the White House. "The president will make clear the United States will remain engaged in the region and remain engaged with the Palestinian Authority," presidential spokesman Ari Fleischer said. However, he expressed support for Israel as it copes with the latest surge in Palestinian attacks.

Enron executives bear most of the responsibility for the energy giant's collapse, which "required the complicity of far more than a few bad apples," said Rep. James Greenwood (R) of Pennsylvania, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce investigations subcommittee. Greenwood spoke as the panel waited to hear from Enron officials, among them ex-chief executive officer Jeffrey Skilling, former attorney Jordan Mintz, and former chief financial officer Andrew Fastow, who, as expected, invoked his right against self-incrimination. (Related story, page 3.)

Reversing their earlier decision, Olympic officials said they'd allow a battered US flag from the World Trade Center to be carried at tonight's opening ceremony of the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City. An honor guard of New York firefighters and police, and US athletes, will accompany the flag in what the International Olympic Committee called "a solemn, dignified entrance."

The last two of four escapees from a north Texas jail were back in custody after a muti-state manhunt. Curtis Gambill and Joshua Bagwell gave themselves up in Ardmore, Okla., after holding a gas station owner hostage for hours. The FBI and a sheriff's deputy, acting on a tip, arrested the other two outside the building.

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