"I believe that conditions have been created that will allow us and the Palestinians to reach a historic breakthrough."
ARIEL SHARON, Israeli Prime Minister, in his most optimistic comments since the election of Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas

"In the political turbulence which took place in the late spring and early summer of 1989, Comrade Zhao committed serious mistakes."
OFFICIAL STATEMENT on the life of ousted Chinese Communist Party chief Zhao Ziyang, following his funeral last Saturday. The obituary, which appeared in Chinese state-run media, also recognized Zhao's contribution to economic...

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