Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Briefs

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Briefs

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Peres Deplores Firing Of Top Peace Negotiator Israel's former prime minister Shimon Peres Saturday deplored the suspension of a top negotiator with the Palestinians, calling the action "an unprecedented scandal and shame - (and a violation of) all the norms of a democratic country." Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu suspended Maj. Gen. Oren Shahor Friday for conferring with Peres without Netanyahu's permission. Netanyahu's action came in the midst of Israel-Palestinian attempts to reach an agreement on Israel's promised troop pullback from the West Bank city of Hebron, a flashpoint where 450 Jewish settlers, many of them militant anti-Palestinians, live precariously among 94,000 Palestinians. Israel had agreed to pull its troops out of Hebron in March, but Peres delayed the move after a wave of suicide bombings by Palestinians. Netanyahu, who defeated Peres in national elections in May, insisted on renegotiating the deal with stronger provisions for the settler's security. Netanyahu's spokesman, David Bar-Illan, said Saturday that Shahor's su spension would not harm the negotiations because Shahor had been handling aspects of the troop withdrawal that already had been resolved. AP GUATEMALA Passenger Plane Crash Kills 13, One American A twin-engine passenger plane crashed on approach to an airport in northern Guatemala Friday morning, killing all 14 people aboard. The airline, Transportes Aereos Profesionales, said 13 of the victims we re Guatemalan, and the other, Ana Debora Johns, was an American. No hometown was given. Juan Luis Munoz, chief of operations for the civil aviation department, said it was unclear what caused the crash, and weather conditions around the airport did not appear to be a factor. AP MISSILE TALKS U.S., Russia Give Up On Missile Test Pact The United States and Russia gave up Saturday trying to resolve final details holding up their accord on testing missile defense systems. …

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