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June 24, 2002 | BARBARA DEMICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Along the wide boulevard leading to the downtown market here, the trunks of elegant palm and ficus trees are pocked with shrapnel. At one of the city's main intersections, a traffic light leans precariously to one side. Street lights dangle from electric wires. Motorists swerve to avoid discarded fixtures from a trashed grocery store that were thrown in the middle of the road.
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June 24, 2002 | Reuters
A desert fortress where Jewish rebels fought the Romans and the gravesite of Israel's first prime minister are among 58 Israeli tourist sites to be closed this week because of the Middle East crisis. "We are ceasing operations as a result of the security situation and the resulting dearth of tourism, which has meant an 80% drop in admission receipts," a spokesman for Israel's Nature Reserves and Parks Authority said Sunday.
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June 22, 2002 | ROBIN WRIGHT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After almost two weeks of intensive debate within the administration, the details of President Bush's proposal to jump-start the Middle East peace process is taking final shape, according to administration officials. The current draft of Bush's speech, U.S. officials said Friday, is steering away from any bold or risky initiative on two of the most pivotal issues: the eventual borders of a permanent Palestinian state and the timeline to achieve it.
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June 22, 2002 | BARBARA DEMICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As Palestinians in the West Bank city of Jenin emerged from their homes Friday and rushed toward the downtown market during what they thought was a break in the military-imposed curfew, Israeli tanks opened fire on a crowd, killing three children and an adult. The army promptly apologized for what it said was an error on the part of soldiers who saw a throng of Palestinians approaching.
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June 22, 2002 | TRACY WILKINSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jewish settlers trudged through the smoldering remains of the Shabo home Friday, gasping at shrapnel holes in the bedroom walls, then converged on a hillside for the burial of Rachel Shabo and three of her children. The settlers demanded swift revenge for the Shabos, slain the night before when a Palestinian gunman slipped over this isolated settlement's fence and burst into their home.
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June 21, 2002 | RONALD BROWNSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As the Bush administration continues debating a proposal to create a provisional Palestinian state, signs are mounting that the idea could face a rocky domestic reception. While some experts on peace negotiating in the region--such as former President Clinton and his chief Middle East envoy, Dennis B. Ross--have praised the notion, initial reactions from others indicate that the idea could face a cross-fire of resistance from Republicans and Democrats.
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June 21, 2002 | MARY CURTIUS and TRACY WILKINSON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Five Jewish settlers, including a woman and three of her children, were killed Thursday night after Palestinian gunmen burst into a home, took hostages and fought a gun battle with Israeli troops. The attack came as the army widened its operations throughout the West Bank. At least one Palestinian assailant was also killed in the raid on the Itamar settlement near the West Bank city of Nablus north of here. Eight Israelis were wounded, including another child.
WORLD
June 18, 2002 | ROBIN WRIGHT and MARY CURTIUS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
WASHINGTON -- President Bush huddled with his foreign policy team Monday in an attempt to build consensus among his advisors as he prepares to unveil a plan for breaking the deadlock in the Middle East peace process, according to U.S. officials and diplomats from the region. Significant differences within the administration were not settled during intense weekend meetings, and Bush is now personally involved in sorting through the options.
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June 18, 2002 | From Times Wire Services
A blast tore through a bus here during morning rush hour today, killing 10 people and wounding at least 29, police and radio reports said. Jerusalem Police Chief Mickey Levy and radio reports said the force of the blast ripped the bus apart at a crowded intersection. Police had been on high alert since Monday, after receiving warnings that a suicide bomber was trying to carry out an attack in Jerusalem.
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June 18, 2002 | MARY CURTIUS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A suicide bomber detonated a powerful blast that tore through an Israeli bus packed with commuters and schoolchildren as it made its way through rush-hour traffic here this morning, killing about 14 people and injuring more than 30, police said.
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