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ROSLAN RAHMAN-AFP

Making safe unexploded munitions in Afghanistan

THE MIDDLE EAST
Beating a Retreat Toward Possible Peace
Israeli forces pulled out of three west Bank towns as U.S. special envoy Anthony Zinni returned to the region for another attempt at forging a cease-fire. The U.S. called for a full Israeli withdrawal from Palestinian areas, but soldiers remained on the outskirts of several communities, including Hebron and Bethlehem. Israel also kept a cordon around Ramallah, where, earlier in the week, it answered a series of Palestinian attacks by deploying tanks, troops and helicopter gunships. Zinni's top priority is to end the killing that has accompanied...

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