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Israel accused Egypt on Thursday of undercutting Israeli-Palestinian peace prospects by letting about 2,200 Palestinian pilgrims return to the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip without Israeli screening. Israel insisted they return to Gaza through its territory to allow them to be searched for smuggled cash and weapons, but Egypt allowed them to return directly through a terminal on its Gaza border.

A car bomb exploded in the Kurdish-dominated southeastern Turkish city of Diyarbakir on Thursday, wounding at least 20 people, including military personnel, news reports said.

Authorities blamed the blast on Kurdish rebels. Police were searching for two suspected Kurdish militants. The attack appeared to be a retaliation to three airstrikes by Turkish warplanes against Kurdish rebel shelters in northern Iraq last month.

Activists lifted a blockade at the US-Mexican border on Wednesday, ending a 36-hour protest against the removal of Mexico's last tariffs on US and Canadian farm goods. Mexico abolished its last protective tariffs on basic crops like corn, beans, and sugar on Tuesday, under the terms of the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA. Mexican farmers have complained they won't be able to compete with US farmers who can sell cheaper products because they receive government subsidies. Above, farmers in Mexico City protested the end of import protections.


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