Posted by D from 18.104.22.168.cfl.rr.com (22.214.171.124) on Wednesday, May 28, 2003 at 10:55PM :
The Israeli government will boycott any foreign official who meets Yasser Arafat, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's office said as it stepped up moves to isolate the Palestinian leader.
COPENHAGEN – A plane carrying Denmark's foreign minister from Damascus to Riyadh returned to Syria just after takeoff as a note found on board was believed to be a threat to his safety.
BRUSSELS – Poland is ready to send 1,500 troops to Iraq in July. The United States and its war allies are reportedly planning to divide Iraq into military sectors that would be patrolled by British, Polish and US forces, and possibly troops from other nations.
ANKARA – Turkey said it had taken Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam off the list of countries that Turkish citizens are advised not to travel to due to the SARS virus.
MOSCOW – Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat still has "political weight" and cannot be sidelined from efforts to reach peace in the Middle East, a senior Russian diplomat said in an interview published on Tuesday.
WASHINGTON – Four US Marine Corps crewmen were killed when their CH-46 'Sea Knight' helicopter crashed into a waterway near Kerbala in Iraq.
KIRKUK, Iraq – More than 10 people have been killed in clashes between Arabs and Kurds in Kirkuk in the worst violence in Iraq's northern oil city since the US-led bombing.
WASHINGTON – President George W. Bush inserted himself personally in the Middle East peace process, telephoning Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas and urging him to do more to curb the intifada.
NAIROBI – Sudan's government will extend a cease-fire pact with rebels due to expire at the end of June but progress toward a final deal to end two decades of war remains slow, Khartoum's top envoy said.
RABAT – A Moroccan journalist was sentenced to four years in jail on charges of insulting King Muhammad VI and of undermining Morocco's monarchic regime and "the integrity of the national territory".
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