Taliban rejects Bush's 'second chance' offer

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Afghanistan's ruling Taliban has rejected President George W. Bush's "second chance" offer to surrender terrorist suspect Osama bin Laden, the Afghan embassy in Islamabad said today.

President Bush told a news conference on Thursday that if the Taliban "cough him up and his people today" then the United States will "reconsider what we're doing to your country. You still have a second chance," Bush said. "Just bring him in, and bring his leaders and lieutenants and other thugs and criminals with him."

But an official of the Afghan Embassy said: "We have rejected the Bush offer." The official said Taliban authorities in Kandahar, Afghanistan, had informed their ambassador in Pakistan, Abdul Salam Zaeef, that the Bush offer would not be accepted.