Israeli negotiators have offered a plan to the Palestinian Authority that would cede 92.7 percent of the West Bank in exchange for peace, reports said Tuesday. But a spokesman for authority President Mahmoud Abbas said the offer showed "a lack of seriousness" and was rejected because it wouldn't allow a contiguous Palestinian state between the West Bank and Gaza Strip with Jerusalem as its capital. The Palestinians have said they won't yield more than 1.8 percent of the West Bank.Skip to next paragraph
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Security forces in disputed Kashmir fired on Muslim protesters again Tuesday, killing at least 11 more, reports said. Another 100 people were hurt in incidents of violence across the region as protesters defied a curfew. The growing demonstrations are some of the largest since a rebellion against Indian rule began 20 years ago.
Al Qaeda's third most senior commander, Abu Saeed al-Masri, was killed in a battle with Pakistani forces near the border with Afghanistan, a senior security official said Tuesday. But his death was overshadowed by a roadside bomb explosion that targeted a Pakistani Air Force vehicle elsewhere in the region, killing 14 people, some of them civilians. Responsibility for the attack was claimed by the Taliban, which said it was in "open war" with the military.
Assailants armed with knives attacked a checkpoint in China's restive Xinjiang Province Tuesday, killing three more police officers and critically wounding a fourth. The deaths bring to 31 the number of casualties in the Muslim-dominated region since the run-up began to the Olympic Summer Games. Activists in the ethnic Uighur community said at least 90 people have been arrested since the violence began and alleged that authorities were beating and torturing them.