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CAIRO — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday told the Arab League he will not resume peace talks without an Israeli settlement freeze.

Mr. Abbas is under international pressure to resume low-level border talks that began last month. His comments Sunday, however, seemed to close the door to further negotiations because Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has repeatedly rejected a settlement freeze, as well as a demand to accept Israel’s pre-1967 war frontier as the basis for a border with a future Palestine.


Troops deployed to face foes of government

MANAMA — Bahrain on Sunday deployed thousands of security forces to confront anti-government protesters ahead of the one-year anniversary of the start of the Shiite-led uprising that seeks to loosen the ruling Sunni dynasty’s monopoly on power.

Opposition groups urged marchers to stream toward an empty lot dubbed “Freedom Square” outside the capital Manama. Some activists seek to occupy the site before Tuesday’s anniversary of the start of the wave of protests and turn it into a new semipermanent hub for the uprising.

Battles between security forces and protesters have flared up almost every day for months across Bahrain, particularly in the predominantly Shiite villages around Manama.

From wire dispatches and staff reports