- - Monday, August 1, 2011


TV: Israel to negotiate over pre-1967 lines

JERUSALEM — An Israeli TV station has disclosed that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has agreed to negotiate a border with a Palestinian state based on the pre-1967 cease-fire lines that mark off the West Bank.

A senior Israeli official said he would not deny the report.

Up to now Mr. Netanyahu had refused to accept the formula, insisting that Israel would not withdraw from all of the West Bank.

The report said Mr. Netanyahu agrees to use the cease-fire line as a basis, while trading territory with the Palestinians to allow Israel to keep its main West Bank settlements, in line with a proposal by President Obama.

The official spoke Monday on condition of anonymity because contacts are ongoing.

The official said Mr. Netanyahu insists the Palestinians recognize Israel as a Jewish state.


25 migrants found dead on Italy-bound boat

ROME — Twenty-five African migrants trying to reach Italy from Libya died in the hold of a rickety boat so packed with people that the migrants could not get out as they struggled to breathe, officials said Monday after the bodies were found below decks.

Hundreds of migrants fleeing unrest and conflict in Libya and across North Africa are believed to have died since the beginning of the year in desperate journeys across the Mediterranean.

The 50-foot boat was carrying 296 people, including women and children, said Coast Guard Capt. Antonio Morana.


Hundreds of cab drivers protest fares

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