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Palestinians get warning on militants

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said Sunday that there would be no progress in peace efforts until the Palestinian Authority cracks down on militant groups, and he warned that Israel would step up military action if the Palestinians did not start moving against the armed factions. Sharon’s remarks at the weekly meeting of his Cabinet came in response to Friday’s suicide bombing outside a Tel Aviv nightclub that killed four Israelis and wounded about 50. The militant Palestinian group Islamic Jihad group claimed responsibility for the attack. The blast, the first suicide bombing in Israel in nearly four months, severely tested a truce declared Feb. 8 by Sharon and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and threatened to set back relations between Israel and the Palestinians, which have improved steadily since the death in November of longtime Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. Full Story

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