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December 24, 2002

Eleven articlesMiddle East News Roundup

Secretary of State Colin Powell is host for Friday's meeting on the Mideast with U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov and leaders of the European Union, including senior diplomat Javier Solana. Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian in Gaza after he shot at Israeli soldiers and threw grenades at them Saturday, Israeli military sources said. Palestinian Cabinet ministers on Sunday postponed elections scheduled for Jan. 20, blaming Israeli occupation of their towns. West Bank The Palestinian Cabinet on Sunday postponed elections set for next month, blaming the continuing Israeli military occupation of West Bank towns. The Israeli Foreign Minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, has said an international peace plan for the Middle East will fail unless there is a change in the Palestinian leadership. Representatives from the quartet of mediators in the Israeli - Palestinian conflict say a blueprint for a peace deal is not ready yet.