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March 2, 2005 | By Warren P. Strobel INQUIRER FOREIGN STAFF
The United States accused Syria yesterday of playing a role in last week's deadly suicide bombing in Tel Aviv, Israel, as the Bush administration, backed by France, sought to increase pressure on Damascus on multiple fronts. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice made the assertion on the sidelines at an international conference in London to help the Palestinian leaders prepare for statehood. British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who convened the one-day session, said: "This is a moment of opportunity.
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February 26, 2005 | By Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson INQUIRER FOREIGN STAFF
A suicide bomber shattered the informal truce between Israel and the Palestinians late last night, killing four other people and wounding dozens who were lined up at a karaoke club near a beachfront promenade. The familiar scene of shattered windows, pools of blood, and debris raised the specter of a resumption of violence that in 4 1/2 years has killed about 5,000 people. But unlike nearly all past suicide attacks, no Palestinian group claimed responsibility. Anonymous calls to several news agencies said two groups - Islamic Jihad and Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigade - had carried out the attack.
NEWS
October 30, 2004 | By Mitch Lipka INQUIRER TRENTON BUREAU
After drifting from public view in his native Israel for several weeks, Golan Cipel - whose sexual harassment allegations led to Gov. McGreevey's resignation - was interviewed by FBI agents in Tel Aviv. The FBI has sought the interview since McGreevey's legal team lodged a complaint that Cipel and his attorneys were attempting to extort money from the governor in exchange for staying quiet about the allegations. McGreevey on Aug. 12 announced his resignation and proclaimed he was gay and had had an extramarital affair with a man. "We had been waiting for a while to speak with Mr. Cipel on this matter," FBI spokesman Steve Kodak said yesterday.
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October 3, 2004 | By Melissa Dribben INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It is 5:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month. An impeccably dressed woman with evident purpose walks briskly toward the Warwick Hotel. Before she gets through the door, she is stopped three times, to hug one of the city's leading philanthropists, shake hands warmly with an envoy from Russia, and confer with a friend in need of advice. The woman is Nancy Gilboy, director of Philadelphia's International Visitors Council. When she finally gets inside the hotel lobby, Gilboy is enveloped by a stunning range of humanity.
SPORTS
May 4, 2004 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Philadelphia University announced yesterday that it will leave the New York Collegiate Athletic Conference and join the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference in the fall of 2005. University president James P. Gallagher said all 11 sports that compete in NCAA Division II will play in the conference. The men's soccer team will stay in NCAA Division I, where the Rams compete in the Atlantic Soccer Conference. Gallagher said the CACC offers less travel. Several members, including Holy Family, the University of the Sciences, and Wilmington College and Goldey-Beacom in Delaware are close to the Rams' campus.
NEWS
December 26, 2003 | By Cliff Churgin INQUIRER FOREIGN STAFF
Two attacks yesterday shattered two months of relative peace in the Middle East, as a Palestinian suicide bomber killed himself and four other people at a bus stop outside Tel Aviv just minutes after an Israeli helicopter killed a senior Islamic Jihad official and four other people in the Gaza Strip. The attacks could lead to a wave of retaliatory violence and damage new efforts to restart the Israel-Palestinian peace process. Palestinian officials and Egyptian mediators have been struggling to persuade Palestinian groups to halt attacks and to get Israel to forgo such targeted killings of militant leaders.
NEWS
April 30, 2003 | By Michael Matza INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Mahmoud Abbas was approved yesterday as the Palestinians' first prime minister and won swift approval of his cabinet. Supporters called the moves a turning point on a historic day in the search for peace. But hours later, a suicide bomber undermined those hopes when he killed himself and two other people and wounded 46 outside a Tel Aviv waterfront cafe near the U.S. Embassy. The explosion occurred about 1 a.m. today when a security guard stopped the bomber at the entrance of a pub called Mike's Place.
NEWS
January 6, 2003 | Daily News Wire Services
"Happy New Year" read the sign outside Tel Aviv's Station Cafe, where overturned tables, smashed beer bottles and pieces of flesh littered the sidewalk yesterday after back-to-back suicide bombings. Just minutes before, the outdoor bar had been filled with customers, mostly foreign laborers returning home for the night to the rundown Neve Shaanan immigrant district. But the two explosions just a few dozen yards on either side of the popular sidewalk cafe turned the area into a nightmare of smoke, screams and blood.
NEWS
November 4, 2002
The battle against suicide terrorists is not only about defending of our lives. It is a fight against an absolute evil that totally rejects the value of human life, and it is a struggle for human dignity. Human dignity is a profound human need of every person in every society, to be recognized for their value as human beings. - Alouph Hareven, editorial, Ha'aretz (Tel Aviv), Nov. 1
NEWS
July 18, 2002 | By Michael Matza and Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
Two suicide bombers working in tandem killed three people and injured 40 others in a crowded downtown neighborhood in this coastal city late last night. Two of the dead were reported to be Romanian guest workers, and most of the other casualties also appeared to be foreign workers. The two explosions occurred seconds apart at about 10:25, between a cafe and a movie theater near the old central bus station. One of the bombers, who had worn 11 pounds of explosives strapped to his belt, lay with his body blown open in front of a grocery store displaying a sign that read "Have a good Time," an advertisement for a brand of cigarettes.
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