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Violence Rises Ahead of Mideast Summit

Palestinian gunmen killed an Israeli motorist Monday in a West Bank ambush and Israeli troops nabbed an alleged female suicide bomber with explosives hidden in her pants, escalating a wave of violence that has strained an already shaky cease-fire. Palestinian officials condemned the violence, which also included the shooting death of a Palestinian man by Israeli troops. But Israel angrily demanded tougher action. The growing tensions clouded a meeting set for Tuesday between Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas at which they are expected to coordinate Israel’s upcoming withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and part of the West Bank. Full Story

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