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16 WORLD WEDNESDAY MARCH 19 2014 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Time to do hard yards Palestinian stone throwers clash with Israeli security forces in the West Bank city of Hebron yesterday following a demonstration by Palestinians to show their support for their president, who is in Washington Picture: AFP PHOTO/HAZEM BADER WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama has told Mahmud Abbas that the Palestinian leader and Israels politicians must be prepared to make tough decisions and take risks for peace. Mr Abbas arrived at the White House two weeks after Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, warning that time was running short for a final deal and saying Israel could show it was serious by honouring a scheduled release of Palestinian prisoners this month. Mr Obama, personally supporting Secretary of State John Kerrys exhaustive Middle East peace drive at a critical moment, is pressing both sides to accept a framework to carry negotiations past an end-ofApril deadline. As I said to Prime Minister Netanyahu when he was here just a few weeks ago, I believe that now is the time ... to embrace this opportunity, Mr Obama said. It is very hard, very challenging. We are going to have to take some tough political decisions and risks if were able to move it forward. Mr Obama said that everyone understood the shape of an elusive peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians, saying it would be based on 1967 lines with mutual land swaps. Mr Abbas sat beside Mr Obama in the same Oval Office chair recently used by Mr Netanyahu, when the Israeli leader complained Israel had done its part over decades of peace talks and the Palestinians hadnt done theirs. The white-haired Palestinian leader told Mr Obama: We dont have any time to waste. Time is not on our side, especially given the very difficult situation that the Middle East is experiencing and the entire region is facing. Mr Abbas did not use a photo opportunity before the talks to directly address the Israeli governments demand for the Palestinians to publicly recognise Israel as a Jewish state. By STEPHEN COLLINSON Lost in the deep TOKYO: Chinese crew members were missing after two cargo ships collided at the mouth of Tokyo Bay yesterday morning, Japans coastguard said. The Panamanian-flagged Beagle III, a 12,630-ton vessel, carrying steel coil, sank after colliding with the South Korean-registered Pegasus Prime in the Uraga waterway. Emergency rule lifts BANGKOK: Thailand has announced the end of a nearly two-month-old state of emergency in Bangkok and surrounding areas, hoping to lure back foreign visitors following an easing of deadly political protests. The use of emergency rule dealt a heavy blow to Thailands key tourism industry. It will be replaced by another special law, the Internal Security Act, with effect until April 30. Train drags cyclist PARIS: The body of a cyclist hit by one of Frances highspeed TGV trains was embedded into the front of the drivers carriage and carried 40km before anyone noticed. Police and the national rail company SNCF were unable to say yesterday how the 48year-old man came to be on the tracks. He was struck on a level crossing in the village of Petit-Croix, near Belfort in eastern France, on Sunday but his body was not discovered until staff and passengers got off at the next stop. Go to wingroceries.com.au Send an SMS/text message to 19 777 100 (cost 55c inc GST) with the frst eight digits of your receipt number, frst name, last name and postcode. (Spaces need to be included between each) * 1 prize each day March 3 30, 2014. Every day between March 3 30, 2014, we are giving away $3,500 worth of groceries at Woolworths! Simply purchase the NT News or the Sunday Territorian at Woolworths and keep your receipt to enter. Go to wingroceries.com.au Entrants must be Australian residents and over the age of 18. Limit 1 entry per person per day by phone, by SMS, and online between 5.30am and 8.30pm. Salmat Digital Helpdesk 1300 131 276. SMS/Call Cost $0.55 (incl GST). Competition opens at 7am AEDT 03/03/14 and closes 10pm AEDT on 30/03/14. Total competition prize pool value is up to $100,000. Major Prize Winners drawn at 2pm on 10/03/14, 17/03/14, 24/03/14 & 31/03/14, at Salmat Digital, Level 2, 116 Miller Street, North Sydney NSW 2060. Winners notifed by mail and published in The Australian on 07/04/14. Permit numbers NSW: LTPS/14/00161, VIC: 14/3164, ACT: TP 14/00028, SA: T14/10. Terms and conditions available at www.wingroceries.com.au. Promoter is News Limited (ABN 47 007 871 178) of 2 Holt Street, Surry Hills, NSW 2010.
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