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Israel may ease Gaza blockade

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Israel may ease Gaza blockade

Israel is likely to ease the land blockade of Gaza in coming days in an effort to blunt the international outcry over its deadly raid on a blockade-busting flotilla, the Associated Press said it learned from Israeli officials Wednesday. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu convened senior ministers and security officials to discuss changes, but they failed to reach a decision. The AP said it was told that they are expected to vote today. The naval blockade that was at the root of the May 31 raid will remain because Israel wants to ensure weapons can't be shipped into Gaza.

Elsewhere

Paraguay: Moussa Ali Hamdan, 38, of Brooklyn, N.Y., was arrested and ordered held Wednesday pending extradition to the United States on charges of conspiring to finance the Iranian-backed Lebanese group Hezbollah, which Washington classifies as a terrorist organization. Hamdan is accused of trafficking in stolen cell phones, video games, computers and cars to fund Hezbollah.

Turkey: Hundreds of troops were sent into northern Iraq on Wednesday to chase Kurdish guerrillas, Turkey's military said Wednesday. The soldiers killed four rebels escaping after a failed attack on a Turkish unit near the border, the military said.

Jamaica: People were ordered to stay off the streets for two days in several slums in Kingston, the capital, while authorities continued to hunt for reputed drug lord Christopher "Dudus" Coke, who is wanted in the United States.

Times wires

Israel may ease Gaza blockade 06/16/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 16, 2010 11:24pm]

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