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Israel gives mixed signals on peace



Published: Tue, March 19, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

Israel gives mixed signals on peace

JERUSALEM

Ahead of the arrival of President Barack Obama on a high-profile Mideast mission, Israel’s new government Monday sent mixed messages about pursuing peace with the Palestinians.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a speech to parliament that his hand is outstretched in peace and that he is ready for a “historic compromise,” but one of his closest allies called hopes for peace “delusional.”

The conflicting signals gave a glimpse of the infighting that is likely to hinder the government if Netanyahu, who historically has been reluctant to make serious concessions to the Palestinians, decides to launch any new diplomatic initiatives.

Colo. governor to sign gun controls

DENVER

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper will sign legislation Wednesday that sets limits on ammunition magazines and expands background checks for firearms, marking a Democratic victory in a state where gun ownership is a treasured right and Second Amendment debate has played out in the wake of two mass shootings.

The measures proposed are some of the strictest gun laws in the nation, and their passage comes after weeks of tense legislative battles. Republicans and gun-rights supporters put up a major fight against the measures in this politically moderate state, while Democrats made them the centerpieces of a package of legislative proposals drafted in reaction to shooting rampages at a suburban Denver movie theater and a Connecticut elementary school last year.

Espionage charges

HONOLULU

A defense contractor for the U.S. Pacific Command is being charged with giving national security secrets to a 27-year-old Chinese student he was romantically involved with.

A criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Honolulu says 59-year-old Benjamin Pierce Bishop sent the woman an email last May with information on existing war plans, nuclear weapons and U.S. relations with international partners.

Associated Press


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