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01 Jul 2003 description
report Associated Press

By The Associated Press

Here are the texts of the statements released on Sunday by Hamas and the Islamic Jihad groups in Gaza City and by Yasser Arafat's Fatah movement in the West Bank, declaring the beginning of a truce to halt attacks against Israelis.

Fatah declared a six-month truce, while the Islamic groups' cease-fire is three months.

31 Jan 2003 description
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By BORZOU DARAGAHI, Associated Press Writer

GUSHTAPA, Iraq - Iraq has begun expelling families from a 20-mile-long strip of land between the autonomous Kurdish north and the rest of the country, leading to speculation Saddam Hussein is creating a buffer to defend against a U.S. invasion.

The Iraqi government has also placed forces of Mujahedeen Khalq, a militant Iranian opposition group under Saddam's control, near the Kurdish boundary, said Rasool Razgai, an official of the Kurdistan Democratic Party.

14 Jan 2001 description
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Associated Press Writer

BEIJING (AP) A helicopter carrying U.N. disaster relief officials crashed in Mongolia on Sunday, killing nine people, including five foreigners, officials said. Fourteen people were injured, 10 of them critically.

The Russian-made MI-8 helicopter spun out of control about 50 meters (165 feet) off the ground, crashed and exploded in flames in northwestern Mongolia at 12:30 p.m., said a Mongolian civil defense official who goes by only one name, Batchuluun.

Four members of a U.N.

13 Sep 1999 description
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ISTANBUL, Turkey (AP) An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.8 struck western Turkey on Monday, shaking much of the same area devastated by the Aug. 17 killer quake, Turkey's seismological institute reported. Several people were injured, apparently when they jumped from buildings.

The quake, which struck at 2:55 p.m. (1155 GMT), was centered on Izmit, some 80 kilometers (50 miles) southeast of Istanbul, the city's Kandilli Observatory reported.

Greece's Thessaloniki Geodynamic Institute said the quake had a moment magnitude of 6.8.

14 Aug 1999 description
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By PETE McFARREN, Associated Press Writer

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) Fires fueled by 105 kph (65 mph) winds destroyed several hundred homes and a local hospital Saturday, killing at least two people in an eastern farming town, town officials said.

Lack of rains in the tropical Bolivian lowlands contributed to the fire in Ascencion de Guarayos. On Saturday, local officials said the town's water pumps had been destroyed, cutting off water to some area residents. The lack of water also hampered efforts to contain the flames.