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Israel kills senior Hamas leader
NABLUS, West Bank Israeli troops yesterday shot and killed a senior Palestinian militant accused of planning the deadliest suicide bombing in the past year, even as Prime Minister Ariel Sharon mulled easing the blockade on the Palestinian territories to help boost a wobbly cease-fire.
The shooting of Abdul Rahman Hamad, 35, in Kalkilya on the West Bank near the administrative boundary with the Jewish state was the first time Israel had reverted to its much-criticized policy of assassinating Palestinian suspects since a truce deal three weeks ago.
Israel accused Mr. Hamad, a leader of the armed wing of the radical Islamic group Hamas, of organizing the June 1 attack on a Tel Aviv nightclub that killed 22 young revelers, as well as the Hamas suicide bomber.

Israeli army leaves Hebron hot spots
JERUSALEM The Israeli army today pulled out of two trouble-hit areas of Hebron it reoccupied more than a week ago, a reporter said.
Within a few minutes, a convoy of some 10 tanks and armored vehicles withdrew from the Palestinian neighborhoods of Abu Sneinah and Al Sheikh to a sector of Hebron under Israeli control.
Israel also was expected to ease its blockade of the autonomous Palestinian towns of Ramallah and Jericho in the West Bank.

Koizumi apologizes for Korea rule
SEOUL Japan's Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi apologized to the Korean people today for their suffering under Japanese rule between 1910 and 1945.
Hundreds of demonstrators at times drowned out Mr. Koizumi's speech in a former colonial prison in Seoul as he made the most outright apology by any Japanese leader for the country's wartime past.
"I sincerely apologize for the pain and sorrow Japan inflicted on the Korean people under Japanese colonial rule," he said in a speech in front of a monument to Korean independence fighters tortured to death in the prison.

Britain to award Giuliani knighthood
LONDON New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani is to receive an honorary knighthood from Britain, official sources said.
The award follows Mr. Giuliani's widely praised leadership in the wake of the Sept. 11 hijacked airliner attacks in New York that killed thousands of people and destroyed the twin towers of the World Trade Center.
Although the mayor will not be entitled to call himself Sir Rudolph, he will be able to include the letters KBE after his name.

Haiti talks fail after one day
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti Talks collapsed between Haiti's governing and opposition parties yesterday, a day after they started, the latest in a string of failed attempts to end the country's 16-month political standoff.
Yet again the sides could not agree on which elections to conduct to resolve the conflict that emerged after President Jean-Bertrand Aristide's party swept last year's elections. The opposition claims Mr. Aristide's Lavalas Family party won by fraud, and has called for all new elections.

Mubarak says Israel is terrorist
JERUSALEM Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak accused Israel yesterday of being the cause of terrorism because of its refusal to carry out signed peace accords with the Palestinians.
"You are the cause of terrorism, even though Israel says it is the Palestinians," Mr. Mubarak, whose country was the first Arab state to sign a peace treaty with the Jewish state, said in an interview with Israeli public television.
"You describe as terrorism [acts by] people who want to recover their land. We say that is not terrorism," he added.

Congo leader calls for elections
KINSHASA, Congo President Joseph Kabila called in a televised address to the nation yesterday for "free and democratic" elections to be held as soon as possible.
His comments came on the eve of crucial peace talks due to start today in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

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