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Arabs back peace talks

CAIRO — Arab nations on Saturday endorsed indirect peace talks between the Palestinians and Israelis, a move that likely paves the way for the start of long-stalled U.S.-brokered negotiations.

The United States has proposed the talks to end the impasse between Israelis and Palestinians over the conditions for resuming negotiations, which broke down more than a year ago amid Israel's military offensive in the Gaza Strip.

The green light from Arab foreign ministers comes after a first attempt to get indirect talks going collapsed in March when Israel announced a new Jewish housing project in east Jerusalem. The Israeli decision enraged Palestinians, who claim east Jerusalem as a future capital, and drew fierce criticism from the United States. It also led to the worst rift in years between the U.S. and Israel.

Blasts at mosque kill 30 in Mogadishu

MOGADISHU, Somalia — Two explosions ripped through a mosque in the Somali capital's biggest market Saturday, killing at least 30 people and wounding scores, according to officials, medical personnel and witnesses.

The bombings in Mogadishu, just minutes apart, were reminiscent of al-Qaida-style assaults on religious sites in the Middle East and South Asia in recent years. They highlight the growing influence in Somalia of foreign jihadists, Somali officials and analysts say.

"It is the first time in Somalia that such a brutal act has happened inside a mosque," Information Minister Dahir Mohamud Gelle said. "It's a carbon copy of what's happening in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan."

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