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A TOP Hamas leader has said the militant group would accept the establishment of a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip as well as a long-term truce with Israel.
Hamas has long sought to destroy Israel and replace it with an Islamic Palestinian state, rejecting peace accords and carrying out suicide bombings.
Ex-rebel elected PM of Kosovo
KOSOVO politicians elected former rebel commander Ramush Haradinaj prime minister, ignoring concerns that he might be indicted for alleged war crimes.
The 36-year-old ethnic Albanian, who recently was questioned by the UN war crimes tribunal, dismissed the idea of a possible indictment and pledged to prepare the province for the "great challenge" of its future.
World Bank gives ?31m to Gypsies
SEEKING to provide better schooling for one of Europe's most excluded minorities, donors pledged ?31m yesterday for a new education fund for Gypsies, the World Bank said.
The fund will provide grants to improve schools and expand the reach of education to Gypsies in Central Europe and the Balkans.
JOSEF Schwammberger, a former Nazi labour-camp commander who hid for 40 years in Argentina, has died in prison, aged 92.