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Parents in one Arizona school district have expressed concerns with a contract from education administrators that asks them to sign a pledge to keep away guns from their children.
TEL AVIV — The Israeli government has moved to cut off a two-year influx of Sudanese refugees into Israel, for the first time expelling back to Egypt about 50 Africans who illegally crossed the porous border with the Sinai Peninsula.
TEL AVIV — Foreign ministers from Jordan and Egypt made a groundbreaking visit to Jerusalem yesterday to promote an Arab League peace plan that offers normal diplomatic relations in exchange for a return to Israel"s pre-1967 borders.
The Democratic presidential front-runners, expecting the economy to be a pivotal issue in 2008, have drawn together teams of top business leaders and economists from Wall Street to academia to help them draft policies on trade, taxes, jobs and economic growth.
JERUSALEM — Israeli and Palestinian leaders yesterday called off a planned summit this week, dealing a new setback to efforts to halt fighting between the Israeli army and militants in the Gaza Strip and restart peacemaking.
"The intention is for them to be returned as quickly as possible" to Egypt, said David Baker, a government spokesman. "We intend for them to be sent back to Egypt. Israel is doing its utmost to provide humanitarian relief, and I'm talking about refugees from Darfur."
"It is a very positive step and could well be an indication of the growing awareness that the time may be opportune to moving ahead and making progress," said David Baker, a spokesman for Mr. Olmert. "It was a highly constructive meeting. There was an open dialogue, which is quite positive."