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October 15, 1995
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Peres, Arafat firm up redeployment dates

JERUSALEM (CNN) -- Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres and PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat met yet again on Sunday to hammer out specifics on implementing the West Bank accord.

After the discussions, Arafat joked with Peres at a news conference, where the latter announced Israeli Defense Forces would begin redeployment from Jenin on October 25. Peres also supplied a tentative date of January 22 for Palestinian elections, another crucial issue in the accord.

Later Sunday, the Israeli army announced it would partially lift the closure of Gaza and the occupied West Bank on Tuesday morning. The Gaza Strip and Israel's border with the West Bank have been closed since late September to prevent attacks by Palestinian guerrillas opposed to the PLO-Israel agreement.

Violence continues to wrack Pakistan

KARACHI, Pakistan (CNN) -- Gunmen killed nine people in the strife-ridden city of Karachi Saturday night and Sunday, bringing the murder toll to more than 1,600 this year.

Around midnight Saturday, unidentified gunmen ambushed and killed politician Ahmad Ali Soomro, 40, a former member of the Pakistan People's Party. Sunday morning, the son of a municipal councilor was murdered. And in a series of separate attacks, seven other people were killed, including five members of one family in the city's North Nazimabad area. Motives have not been clearly established.

The activity precedes what's expected to be a volatile week in Pakistan. The ethnic Mohajir National Movement (MQM) has called for a strike Wednesday to protest the death of one of its members while in police custody. And Thursday, the main opposition Pakistan Muslim League will hold a national "black day."

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Pakistani soccer players may have kicked their country

TOKYO (CNN) -- Members of a top Pakistan soccer team failed to make their return flight home Saturday, and Japanese police believe they may be planning to stay in Japan.

Fourteen players and three staff members from Karachi's Crescent Mills football club disappeared with their passports and belongings after playing a match in Kawasaki City, Japan, on Wednesday.

A Japanese police spokesman told Kyodo news agency the missing Pakistanis probably were seeking employment in Japan. One of the men's teammates backed up that supposition. "I don't think they will return," he was quoted as telling the Asahi Shimbun. Many Pakistanis are drawn to Japan for what they view as high wages.


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