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Palestinian security forces arrange flags on coffins containing the remains of the 91 extremists.
Palestinian security forces arrange flags on coffins containing the remains of the 91 extremists. (Associated Press)
Posted: June 01, 2012

Israel gives over extremists' bodies

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - In an effort to renew long-stalled peace talks, Israel on Thursday handed over to the Palestinian government the remains of 91 extremists who had been killed while carrying out suicide bombings and other attacks.

The bodies had been buried in coffins in Israel and were dug up for the transfer. Seventy-nine were transported to Ramallah, which is run by the Palestinian Authority, and 12 to the Hamas-run Gaza Strip, which is run by the rival Islamic extremist group Hamas.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas gave no sign that the gesture would persuade him to return to talks. Israeli-Palestinian talks stalled more than three years ago and have failed to take off again despite U.S. mediation, primarily because of the dispute over settlement construction.

The transfer of the bodies came a day after Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Israel could not wait forever to reach accord, suggesting the government could consider taking unilateral action. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Thursday that unilateral action isn't a substitute for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations on a two-state solution.

- AP

Indonesians find jet data recorder

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Villagers have found the flight data recorder from a Russian passenger jet that slammed into an Indonesian volcano three weeks ago and killed 45 people, officials said Thursday. The data it contains could help explain what caused the crash.

Another part of the Sukhoi Superjet 100's "black box," the cockpit voice recorder, was found about a week after the May 9 accident during a demonstration flight for potential buyers.

However, the flight data recorder - which logged data such as the jet's altitude, speed, and route - was buried in a landslide after the plane smashed into the side of Mount Salak, said Daryatmo, chief of Indonesia's search-and-rescue agency. He said the recorder was in good condition when nine villagers found it Wednesday in a deep ravine.

- AP

Japan considers a nuclear restart

TOKYO - Japan's prime minister may order one of the nation's idled nuclear plants restarted as early as next week, and local leaders around the plant Thursday signaled a willingness to drop their opposition.

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda has scrambled in recent weeks to persuade local leaders to allow the restarting of two reactors at the Ohi nuclear plant, which supplies electricity to the heavily urbanized Kansai region of western Japan. They would be the first two of Japan's 50 functional commercial reactors to go back online after last year's accident at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant following a devastating earthquake and tsunami.

All of Japan's reactors have been idled by public concerns that the government and utilities have not done enough to ensure their safety from the sort of natural disaster that crippled the Fukushima plant. In that accident, three reactors melted down, spewing radiation over a wide area of northeastern Japan. - N.Y. Times News Service

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