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Palestinians to give Israel ground rules


JERICHO, West Bank - Palestinian officials said yesterday that they plan to give a deadline to Israel to accept ground rules for negotiations, and suggested that a “no’’ will allow them to shelve Middle East talks until it does. The Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, is to spell out the requirements in a letter to Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, said the Palestinian foreign minister, Riad Malki. Abbas has long said he will not resume talks unless Israel freezes settlement construction on occupied lands and recognizes the pre-1967 war frontier as a baseline for talks on a border. (AP)



Two who targeted corruption win vote

WUKAN - Two protesters who led a rebellion against officials accused of stealing farmland were elected yesterday to run their fishing village in a much-watched election that reformers hope will promote democracy as a way to settle many of the myriad disputes in China. Thousands of villagers filled in ballots for the seven-member village committee in Wukan in southern China. By the end of the day, the election committee declared Lin Zuluan and Yang Semao the new village head and deputy head. The pair had been instrumental in protests in Wukan last year.(AP)

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