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April 17, 2002
Susan Taylor Martin
In this quiet patch, at least, peace reigns in Jerusalem
[Times photo: Jamie Francis]
JERUSALEM -- Father Michel Lavoie was sitting alone on a bench when a visitor, who had been walking aimlessly through the Old City of Jerusalem, wandered into the quiet courtyard of St. Anne's Church.
Blasts boom, sirens wail at besieged church
BETHLEHEM, West Bank -- Outside the Church of the Nativity, the nerve-jangling sound of sirens blares from Israeli speakers. Inside, the corpses of two Palestinian police officers are decaying.

British troops scouring the east
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Royal Marines have begun a search-and-destroy mission to clear Taliban and al-Qaida fighters from mountainous terrain in eastern Afghanistan, the first major combat operation of the conflict by British land forces.

Powell fails to secure cease-fire
JERUSALEM -- Secretary of State Colin Powell plans to end his Middle East mission today without a cease-fire between Israelis and Palestinians and with Israeli troops still occupying most West Bank cities despite President Bush's calls for withdrawal without delay, the Washington Post reported Tuesday, citing U.S. officials whom it did not identify.

Synagogue attack may be linked to al-Qaida
A truck explosion that killed 16 people outside a synagogue in Tunisia last week looks increasingly like it may have been a terrorist act, authorities in Germany, France and Tunisia said Tuesday.

Report: U.S. missed chance for bin Laden at Tora Bora
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration has concluded that Osama bin Laden was present during the battle for Tora Bora late last year and that failure to commit U.S. ground troops to hunt him was its gravest error in the war against al-Qaida, the Washington Post reported, citing civilian and military officials with first-hand knowledge.

Vatican aims for sex case reforms
The Vatican's unprecedented summons of U.S. cardinals to a meeting on sex abuse has some insiders hoping for big changes in church policies, including the standardization of rules dictating how American bishops respond to misconduct claims.

Ad blitz on for Claritin alternative
As the patent for the popular allergy drug nears expiration, its makers begin a hard push for Clarinex. Some question whether the new drug will offer benefits to justify its higher cost.

Chile could hold lessons for U.S. Social Security debate
SANTIAGO, Chile -- Chileans are watching with interest as the U.S. Congress debates President Bush's proposal for a partial privatization of Social Security. Chile privatized its national pension system 21 years ago, and supporters say it offers a model for the United States.

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