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Then-Defense Minister Fumio Kyuma said in a June speech that without the attacks, Japan would have otherwise kept fighting and lost a greater part of its northern territory to the Soviet Union.

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Al Aqsa militiamen said mostly disarmed

RAMALLAH — Most gunmen with ties to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah movement have given up their weapons as part of an amnesty deal, a senior Palestinian security official said yesterday.

The amnesty for gunmen from the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades has been an important confidence booster as Israel seeks to improve relations with moderate leaders in the West Bank.

More than 300 Al Aqsa gunmen have surrendered their weapons to Palestinian authorities and pledged to refrain from violence, said a senior Palestinian security official.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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