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Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel added the ultra-Orthodox Shas Party to his coalition Monday, bringing to 53 the number of legislators committed to his agenda. Netanyahu, who has until next Friday to complete a government, also had hopes of enlisting Defense Minister Ehud Barak's Labor Party to his ranks. Barak is expected to ask the party Tuesday to agree to join.

An uproar ensued in Palestinian ranks Monday after one of the most senior leaders of Fatah and four companions were killed when a bomb explosion destroyed their vehicles in southern Lebanon. Kamal Medhat had just visited a Palestinian refugee camp when the blast occurred. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called the attack an "assassination" and an act of terrorism. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

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