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U.S. calls Palestinians to Washington talks
JERUSALEM A senior Palestinian official said yesterday the United States has invited Palestinian Cabinet ministers to Washington for talks with top U.S. officials early next month.
It would be the most senior contact between the U.S. administration and Palestinian Authority officials since President Bush called last month for Yasser Arafat to be sidelined as Palestinian leader.
Palestinian Cabinet minister and senior negotiator Saeb Erekat said the talks are scheduled for Aug. 5 and 6. There was no prompt confirmation from the United States.
Meanwhile in the West Bank, Israeli troops backed by helicopters scoured the southern West Bank in search of Palestinian gunmen who killed four Israelis in an ambush near Hebron late on Friday.

Iraqi opposition gets U.S. bids
LONDON The United States has invited six Iraqi opposition groups to Washington next month for talks on removing Saddam Hussein, spokesmen for three of the factions said yesterday.
The State Department confirmed a meeting was planned either Aug. 9 or Aug. 16 to coordinate "our work with the Iraqi opposition."
State Department spokesman Frederick Jones said the meeting would be conducted by Undersecretary of State Marc Grossman and Undersecretary of Defense Douglas J. Feith.

Zimbabwean politician sent home from Britain
LONDON Britain sent home a wheelchair-bound Zimbabwean politician yesterday who was stopped at a London airport on his way to New York and told to go home because of EU sanctions.
Joshua Malinga, deputy-secretary for the Disabled and Disadvantaged in the ruling ZANU-PF party, took an evening flight to Harare, the Zimbabwean capital, British officials said.
Mr. Malinga and his wife, who were on their way to New York to attend a disability conference, were stopped on Friday while attempting to clear immigration at Gatwick Airport, under a European Union travel ban preventing Zimbabwe's ruling elite from entering Europe.

New Zealand leader wins second term
WELLINGTON, New Zealand New Zealanders gave Prime Minister Helen Clark a historic second term yesterday after she called early elections to capitalize on a strong economy.
The 52-year-old former political science university lecturer is the first New Zealand woman to win back-to-back elections.
With all of the vote counted, Mrs. Clark's Labor Party had 52 seats in the 120-seat Parliament, up three from the last election. Mrs. Clark said she will try to form a minority coalition government with the left-leaning Progressive Coalition, among others.

DNA tests confirm body as Pearl's
KARACHI, Pakistan A Pakistani DNA test confirmed a decapitated body found in a shallow grave is that of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, a government official said yesterday.
The findings match those conducted in the United States and turned over Thursday to Pakistani officials. A U.S. official had said those tests also identified the body as Mr. Pearl's.
The remains, discovered on May 27, will be handed over to the United States, the official said.

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