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Mar31

Israel kills four Palestinians before truce takes effect

By: AFP Source: AFP Five rockets were launched from the Gaza Strip into Israel, prompting Israeli tanks to respond by firing on Hamas military posts early Sunday, hours after a massive Palestinian protest along the border between Israel and Gaza. The rocket attack and Israeli response did not cause any casualties, according to the Israeli army and witnesses in Gaza. The Israeli tanks fired at Hamas posts in the central Gaza Strip and east of Gaza City, witnesses said. Tens of thousands of Gazans earlier gathered at the Israeli border to mark a year since protests and clashes erupted there, but fears of mass bloodshed were averted after late Egyptian-led negotiations. Four Palestinians were...

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Mar23

Karachi: Mufi Taqi Usmani and family survive assassination attempt

By: Ayaz Gul Source: VOA News ISLAMABAD —  A prominent Islamic scholar in Pakistan survived an assassination attempt Friday that killed his two security guards and critically injured two other people, police said. Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani and his fellow cleric, Maulana Aamir Shahab, were traveling in two cars in the southern city of Karachi when unknown gunmen on motorbikes ambushed them and opened fire, senior police official Amir Farooqi told reporters. The assailants managed to flee, he said. Farooqi added that Usmani’s wife also was traveling with him in the car, but both escaped uninjured. In Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city, incidents of political, ethnic, militant...

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Mar12

Doha: US-Taliban peace talks end without agreement

By: RFE/RL Source: RFE/RL The longest round of peace talks between the United States and the Taliban has ended with “real strides” being made but without an agreement on troop withdrawals from Afghanistan, U.S. special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad said on March 12. “The conditions for peace have improved. It’s clear all sides want to end the war. Despite ups and downs, we kept things on track and made real strides,” Khalilzad said on Twitter, adding that another round is possible later this month after the 16 days of negotiations in Qatar’s capital, Doha. But Khalilzad said “there is no final agreement until everything is agreed.” U.S. and Taliban negotiators...

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