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  • U-S / MIDEAST VOA 16 May 2004 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell is calling for Palestinians to be ready to take over any territories Israel returns to them. His comments were echoed by Jordan's King Abdullah, who also stressed that resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a fundamental issue for many Arabs.
  • Indonesia's Aceh Rebels Free 26 Hostages VOA News 16 May 2004 -- Indonesia says separatist rebels in Aceh province have released 26 hostages, a few days after the government announced plans to end military rule in the troubled region.
  • ISRAEL/SHARON VOA 16 May 2004 -- Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is developing a new plan to withdraw from Gaza, after his Likud Party rejected his original plan in a referendum. The news comes the day after more than 100-thousand Israelis demonstrated in Tel Aviv in favor of a Gaza withdrawal, amid renewed international efforts to get the peace process going again.
  • ISRAEL/GAZA VOA 16 May 2004 -- Israeli officials say they plan to increase military operations in the Gaza Strip, including renewed house demolitions and intensive air strikes. The cabinet decision was made after Israel's Supreme Court gave the army permission to resume demolishing homes in order to broaden an Israeli security zone along the Gaza-Egypt border.
  • POWELL / MIDEAST VOA 16 May 2004 -- In Jordan Sunday, Secretary of State Colin Powell faced some tough questions about U-S policy toward the Middle East, and he seemed intent on reassuring the region about U-S policies and motives. Mr. Powell has been attending a Middle East economic forum on Jordan's Dead Sea coast.

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  • EXILE, NOT GENOCIDE Anatolia News Agency 16 May 2004 -- Using mathematical calculations based on Western sources, a history foundation responds to Armenian genocide claims
  • Sea Launch Team Prepares for Telstar 18 Mission Boeing 16 May 2004 -- The Odyssey Launch Platform and the Sea Launch Commander departed Sea Launch Home Port this week in preparation for the launch of Loral's Telstar 18 communications satellite on June 28, in a two-hour launch window that will open at 8:59 pm PDT (3:59 GMT, June 29).



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