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April 7, 2002 | From Associated Press
Tens of thousands of activists marched through Paris and Rome on Saturday in protests demanding Israel stop its offensive in the West Bank and expressing solidarity with the Palestinians. More than 20,000 people marched here to the Place de la Bastille, where hundreds of police stood by. Some protesters carried shredded American flags and shouted slogans against Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.
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April 6, 2002 | From Reuters
From North Africa to the Persian Gulf, tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets Friday, defying rubber bullets and tear gas to vent their anger against Israel's military offensive in the West Bank. Protests turned violent in Bahrain, where demonstrators attacked the U.S. Embassy, some breaking into the compound and smashing windows. Riot police in Jordan used water cannons to disperse protesters marching on the Israeli Embassy in Amman.
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April 6, 2002 | RICHARD BOUDREAUX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A week ago, when Prime Minister Ariel Sharon launched Israel's biggest military operation in the West Bank since 1967, he envisioned an open-ended assault on Palestinian gunmen and suicide bombers--one that might run as long as America's post-Sept. 11 campaign. Now the retired general's plan has been undermined--in part by his own miscalculations, in part by opposition from President Bush, an ally whose anti-terrorist crusade he identifies with his own.
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April 6, 2002 | SEBASTIAN ROTELLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Israeli commanders of the troops surrounding the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem said Friday that they will wait as long as it takes to capture more than 140 Palestinians holed up inside, while protecting the ancient compound and its clergy.
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April 6, 2002 | ROBIN WRIGHT and EDWIN CHEN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
To avoid the fatal flaw of the Camp David peace process under President Clinton, the Bush administration is mapping a strategy to bring in the Arab world as a junior partner in Washington's new diplomatic gamble in the Middle East, U.S. officials said Friday. Secretary of State Colin L. Powell will reach out to Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Jordan's King Abdullah II and other Arab leaders in stops before he travels to Israel later next week, U.S.
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April 6, 2002 | TRACY WILKINSON and CAROLYN COLE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
On a bloody day of fierce fighting, the diplomatic isolation of Yasser Arafat was broken Friday when the United States' special Mideast envoy walked past Israeli tanks and into the Palestinian Authority president's besieged headquarters here. Despite President Bush's appeal for a halt to the bloodshed, Israel accelerated its massive offensive in the West Bank, entering yet another Palestinian town. More than two dozen Palestinians and one Israeli soldier were killed.
NEWS
April 5, 2002 | ROBIN WRIGHT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Declaring that "enough is enough," President Bush announced Thursday that he is dispatching Secretary of State Colin L. Powell to the Middle East next week in a bold but risky bid to end the raging violence and get Israel and the Palestinians back to the peace table. "The storms of violence cannot go on," Bush said in a Rose Garden speech that included a series of stern messages for Palestinian and Israeli leaders as well as for regional players in the escalating crisis.
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April 5, 2002 | SEBASTIAN ROTELLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The war of nerves and guns at the Church of the Nativity heated up Thursday: Palestinians accused Israeli troops of killing a mentally impaired bell ringer and advancing into the church compound, while the Israelis said that Palestinians barricaded inside fired on them without provocation.
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April 5, 2002 | From Associated Press
The text of President Bush's remarks Thursday on the Middle East, as transcribed by EMedia MillWorks Inc.: Good morning. During the course of one week, the situation in the Middle East has deteriorated dramatically. Last Wednesday, my special envoy, Anthony Zinni, reported to me that we were on the verge of a cease-fire agreement that would have spared Palestinian and Israeli lives.
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April 5, 2002 | MICHAEL SLACKMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
His voice clear and stern, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak went on national television Thursday to lash out at Israel's "inhumane" treatment of the Palestinians. But as he appeared to be building toward a dramatic announcement, jabbing his finger in the air, he instead declared Egypt's commitment to peace--with Israel.
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