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January 24, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Lawmakers from 47 European countries harshly criticized United Nations and European Union procedures used to blacklist people and organizations suspected of links to terrorism, calling them arbitrary and undemocratic. The Council of Europe's parliamentary assembly urged the two organizations to overhaul the rules to ensure individuals and organizations that are put on the list have a right to appeal. The assets of about 370 people have been frozen because they were put on a terrorist blacklist by the U.N. Security Council, according to the assembly.
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February 15, 2006 | From Associated Press
U.S. and Israeli officials denied Tuesday that they were exploring ways to topple the Palestinian Authority's incoming Hamas government if it did not renounce its violent ideology and recognize Israel's right to exist. The State Department said it was reviewing U.S. aid to the Palestinians and would make a decision within two weeks. Exiled Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal said in Sudan that his group had no plans to recognize Israel.
OPINION
April 25, 2003
The end of Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat's autocratic reign has begun. The 74-year-old leader is not crippled, but pressure from the United States, Europe and Egypt forced him to blink in the 10-day showdown with Prime Minister-designate Mahmoud Abbas, who was bucking Arafat's resistance to appointing reformers to the new Cabinet -- particularly an Arafat critic who is likely to crack down on suicide bombers. Sadly, this does not mark a sea change for the Middle East.
NEWS
November 23, 1997 | From Associated Press
Gunmen stormed a boat moored off northern Somalia and kidnapped five aid workers from the United Nations and European Union, officials said Saturday. U.N. officials were negotiating with Somali clan elders for their release. Those taken hostage Friday included Briton Dennis Cassidy, according to his employer, the European Union. With him were two employees of the U.N. Children's Fund, another from U.N. Habitat and one from the U.N. Office for Project Services, a U.N. source said.
WORLD
June 28, 2003 | Maura Reynolds, Times Staff Writer
The conciliatory steps taken Friday by Israelis and Palestinians were the first sign of progress in President Bush's intense diplomacy aimed at bringing peace to the Middle East. But they were far from an indication that Bush, who avoided the region for most of his first two years in office, can expect success where several other presidents have failed. "He's holding a tiger by the tail," said Edward S. Walker Jr., president of the Middle East Institute and a former ambassador to Israel.
OPINION
January 9, 2008
Re "Israel's false friends," Opinion, Jan. 6 Where John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen M. Walt miss the boat is their opining that the key issue (vis-a-vis an Israeli-Palestinian two-state solution) is the future of Gaza and the West Bank, which Israel conquered in 1967 and still controls. From the perspective of many Americans, including U.S. presidential candidates, the key issue is Israeli security against suicide bombers and other Palestinian opponents of a two-state solution.
WORLD
March 16, 2007 | From Reuters
President Robert Mugabe on Thursday told Western countries to "go hang" after a barrage of international criticism over charges that an opposition leader was assaulted in police custody. Opposition officials say police tortured Movement for Democratic Change leader Morgan Tsvangirai and several other opposition and civic group leaders Sunday after they tried to attend a prayer vigil in a Harare township.
WORLD
May 1, 2003 | Henry Chu, Times Staff Writer
The long-awaited Middle East "road map" for peace was delivered to Israel and the Palestinians on Wednesday amid sober hopes that the U.S.-backed plan might finally resolve one of the world's most intractable conflicts. The plan is a timetable for Israel to withdraw from the West Bank and end its settlements while Palestinians are to curb violence against Israel. It is designed to lead to a Palestinian state by 2005. The proposal was presented by U.S. Ambassador Daniel C.
WORLD
November 23, 2004 | From Associated Press
Leaders gathering this week for a conference on Iraq's future are planning to give strong backing to the interim government's war against insurgents. Despite a push by France and some Arab countries, the leaders won't set a deadline for withdrawing U.S.-led forces from Iraq. The draft communique for the conference that began Monday also says the interim Iraqi government should meet with its opponents to try to persuade them to take part in parliamentary elections scheduled for January.
OPINION
November 24, 2004
Secretary of State Colin L. Powell's meetings with Israelis and Palestinians this week produced encouraging comments about scheduled elections in January for a successor to Yasser Arafat as head of the Palestinian Authority. The goal of free elections is attainable, but the Palestinians must first stop killing Israelis, who in turn have to relax restrictions on Palestinians so they can vote.
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