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Monday, 8 July, 2002, 23:09 GMT 00:09 UK

Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres Israel reopens talks with Palestinians
Israeli Foreign Minister Peres meets the new Palestinian finance minister in the first high level contact between the two sides for several months.
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon Arab ban proposed in Jewish areas
Israeli Government backing for a move to bar Israeli Arabs from living in Jewish communities outrages the left and human rights activists.
Mohammed Khordadian (Picture: Iran court slaps ban on dancer
An Iranian dancer is given a 10-year suspended jail sentence for corrupting the nation's youth.
Israel 'okays El Al sale'
Facing mounting budget woes, the government says it will sell the carrier - but the deal could still prove problematic.
New Palestinian constitution in force
A temporary Palestinian constitution is put in place, five years after it was written, promising democracy and judicial independence.
Egypt spy chief on Mid-East mission
The head of Egypt's intelligence service holds a series of meetings with Israeli and Palestinian leaders.
Palestinian sacking sparks more protests
Palestinian demonstrations in support of a security chief sacked by Yasser Arafat spread to Hebron.
Egypt reclaims stolen antiquities
A 4,400-year-old tomb fragment is returned to Egypt following the jailing of a New York art dealer convicted of handling stolen goods.
Iraq and India ties warmed by oil deals
The oil sector takes centre stage as Iraq and its "strategic partner" India sign an agreement for closer trade relations.
Straw defends arms sales change
Foreign Secretary Jack Straw defends changes to UK arms sales rules to allow the export of parts for US-built fighter planes destined for Israel.
'Meteor' caused Israeli plane alert
Ukrainian officials say a meteor, not a missile, may have caused a flash near an El Al aircraft flying over Ukraine on Thursday.
Britain 'sheltering al-Qaeda leader'
A senior al-Qaeda leader is reportedly being looked after by British intelligence - but security sources are denying the claim.
Hundreds mourn LA airport victims
Crowds of mourners turn out for the funerals of two Israelis shot dead at Los Angeles airport, as security is beefed up to prevent similar attacks.
Five killed by militants in Algeria
Reports from Algeria say Islamic militants killed at least five people in two separate incidents in the east of the country over the weekend.
Jordan denies US Iraq reports
The uncle of King Abdullah of Jordan denies reports that the United States is planning to use Jordan as a base for an assault on Iraq.
In pictures: Life under curfew
Images from the Palestinian territories where some 700,000 people are under curfew.
Farrakhan in Baghdad to avert war
The controversial black American leader Louis Farrakhan is visiting Iraq in what he says is an effort to prevent a possible war with the US.
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Despite a 'gentler' attitude by Israeli soldiers in the West Bank town of Ramallah, Palestinian residents still fear they will re-occupy the town
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A 4,400-year-old tomb fragment is returned to Egypt after the jailing of a New York art dealer Back home
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Princess Buniah al-Saud accused of pushing her Indonesian maid down a flight of stairs has been fined $1,000 by a Florida court.Princess fined
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