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In reconciliation meetings Sunday, Hamas and Fatah failed to agree on which should control the Gaza Strip but said they'll resume their talks, most likely on April 5. The session was seen as a step in bringing the rivals back together and perhaps ultimately persuading Hamas to return control of Gaza to the Palestinian Authority in a unity government. As their representatives talked in Yemen, Vice President Cheney was meeting in the West Bank with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Cheney said lasting peace with Israel requires that "those who refuse to accept the basic right of the other side to exist" must be defeated.

Vehement new accusations against the Dalai Lama appeared in China's news media Sunday as the government sought to fill the information vacuum in Tibet with its own message. The People's Daily said the "Dalai clique" hoped to use the Beijing Olympic Summer Games to force "concessions to Tibetan independence." The Tibet Daily called the Buddhist leader's motives "evil" and said last week's antigovernment riots were "a life-and-death struggle between ourselves and the enemy."


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