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RAMALLAH | A senior Palestinian official said Thursday that he has asked the U.S., Britain and France to help bring three of their nationals for questioning about the massive leak of confidential Palestinian documents.

Chief negotiator Saeb Erekat said the three include a former British intelligence officer, an American employee of Al Jazeera TV and a French citizen. He said he is not accusing them of wrongdoing, but would like them to appear before an investigative committee.

Al Jazeera, a Qatar-based Arab satellite station, this week published excerpts from what it said is a cache of hundreds of documents covering a decade of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. The station, widely watched in the Arab world, alleges that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas secretly made major concessions to Israel.

Mr. Abbas and his aides say they are victims of a smear campaign.


Berlusconi probe widens in Rome

ROME | Prosecutors investigating Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi on suspicion he paid for sex with a 17-year-old Moroccan girl have provided 200 more pages of documentation to lawmakers who must decide whether to authorize police searches of the prime minister’s properties.

The documents include references to another minor, a Brazilian, who allegedly received jewels and other gifts in exchange for her participation at parties at a Berlusconi villa, according to Italian news agency LaPresse and other news reports Thursday.

The revelations that another minor might have been at some of Mr. Berlusconi’s parties widens the probe and potentially adds to the 74-year-old leader’s woes. Mr. Berlusconi has denied ever paying for sex and called the allegations against him “outrageous.”

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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