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Fatah, Hamas to discuss end to suicide attacks
RAMALLAH, West Bank Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's Fatah movement will hold talks with the militant group Hamas in Cairo to seek an end to the Hamas policy of carrying out suicide bombings targeting Israel, Fatah officials said yesterday.
A Fatah delegation plans to demand that Hamas leaders restrict their attacks to Jewish settlers and Israeli soldiers in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, instead of all Israelis, a senior Fatah official said.
Moussa Abu Marzouk, a member of the Hamas politburo who will lead its delegation to the weekend talks, told reporters in Damascus, Syria, this week that he hoped such a demand would not be made. He said the focus should be on ending disputes between the two factions and unifying Palestinians.

Venezuelan government, opposition begin talks
HATILLO, Venezuela Venezuela's government began talks yesterday with opposition leaders to stem a growing political crisis, but the two sides were sharply divided and a quick agreement appeared unlikely.
President Hugo Chavez has already rejected the opposition's central demand that he submit to a popular referendum on his rule. The constitution says a referendum on Mr. Chavez's presidency can only be held halfway into his six-year term, or next August.
On Monday, the opposition battled through Chavez supporters in downtown Caracas to deliver more than 2 million signatures to the National Elections Council demanding the nonbinding referendum.

U.S. soldier killed in Kuwait accident
KUWAIT CITY A U.S. soldier has died of gunshot wounds apparently suffered in an accident during training in the Kuwaiti desert, a U.S. army spokesman said yesterday.
The United States has maintained a military presence in Kuwait since the 1991 Persian Gulf war that ended a seven-month Iraqi occupation. It currently has 10,000 soldiers in Kuwait involved in various operations, including air defense crews and ground forces and Marines training close to the border with Iraq.

U.N. Cyprus peace plan likely by next week
NICOSIA, Cyprus The United Nations is expected to put forward a Cyprus peace plan in the next few days that it hopes will resolve in 30 days a conflict that has defied settlement on the divided Mediterranean island for 30 years.
In the most comprehensive peace plan in more than 10 years, U.N. officials are to submit, probably by Monday, a blueprint they hope Greeks and Turks will accept before the European Union invites Cyprus, split into Greek and Turkish parts, to join at a December summit.

Rebel brother's killing threatens peace talks
LOME, Togo The slaying of a leading rebel's brother, discovered yesterday, threatened to derail peace talks aimed at ending a 7-week-old insurgency in Ivory Coast that has killed hundreds and caused thousands to flee their homes.
Rebel leader Guillaume Soro, speaking in the Togo capital, where talks were being held, said the "horrible killing" was a tactic designed to frighten rebel supporters.
The slain man, Benoit Dacoury-Tabley, was a brother of Louis Dacoury-Tabley, a rebel official and former member of President Laurent Gbagbo's ruling Ivorian Popular Front party. His body was found on the side of a road in Ivory Coast's commercial capital, Abidjan.

Burundi peace talks fail to reach truce
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania Peace talks aimed at ending Burundi's nine-year civil war ended yesterday after failing to reach a cease-fire deal within a 30-day deadline imposed by African leaders, mediators said.
Fighting raged on in the ethnic-based war as the talks finished, with the Burundian army saying it had killed 81 rebels in heavy clashes in the tiny Central African country Thursday.
Regional leaders meeting in Tanzania a month ago had imposed a deadline of Nov. 7 for the government and rebel factions to reach a cease-fire deal, threatening tough action against guerrillas who failed to sign a deal.


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