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December 15, 2008

The leaders of India and Pakistan used temperate language Sunday in an effort to avoid confrontation after two reported violations of the latter's airspace by military planes. Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari called the incidents "technical incursions [that] do happen." Citing only one of them, an Indian government spokeswoman said Pakistan had been assured that it was "inadvertent." The incidents came as visiting British Prime Minister Gordon Brown promised Pakistan both financial and technical aid to help battle extremism. Earlier, he told his Indian counterpart, Manmohan Singh, that Britain will give "every help we can ... in tackling terrorism."

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Tens of thousands of Hamas supporters jammed Gaza City Sunday for 21st anniversary celebrations as the militant Palestinian organization announced it will not renew its cease-fire with Israel, which expires this month. Speakers said Hamas has "gone from stone-throwing to guns and rockets" and has "succeeded in striking at Israel's national security."

Leaders of Zimbabwe's opposition vowed Sunday to block new legislation that would establish a unity government and the office of prime minister. The Movement for Democratic Change, which holds a narrow majority in Parliament, said it hadn't been consulted. Its chief, Morgan Tsvangirai, and President Robert Mugabe have agreed to such a government, but have failed to resolve a dispute over which would control the top cabinet posts.