- Three out, including city administrator, at Scott City; two resigned, one fired (3/16/17)1
- Business notebook: Cape native goes from farm to mobile-food operation (3/20/17)1
- Police: Man beats pregnant wife, throws her down stairs, abandons her on side of road (3/14/17)17
- Several tournaments already booked at Sportsplex (3/16/17)6
- Cairo man pleads guilty to bank murders (3/17/17)1
- Former Scott City administrator: 'I was forced to resign' (3/21/17)6
- Two people found dead in Advance house fire (3/21/17)
- Two local lawmakers back charter school bill; Perryville lawmaker objects to measure (3/19/17)19
- Two Cape men charged with second-degree murder of Grandi (3/21/17)2
- Cape's 24-hour endurance run keeps growing; some will run more than 100 miles beginning Friday night (3/15/17)1
Arafat convenes new Cabinet; Israel ends siege of complex
RAMALLAH, West Bank -- Yasser Arafat convened his new, streamlined Cabinet at his West Bank headquarters Thursday, four days after Israeli tanks blockaded the complex and caused a delay.
Israel ended the blockade in Ramallah on Wednesday, and on Thursday five new ministers put their hands on a Quran and swore allegiance to the Palestinian Authority. The slimmer Cabinet -- down to 21 ministers from 31 -- came after Israel, the United States and Europe demanded that Arafat reform his corruption-ridden Palestinian administration.
One of the ministers who was held over from the previous Cabinet, Planning Minister Nabil Shaath, flew to Washington Thursday to provide Palestinian input for U.S. ideas for Mideast peacemaking. His trip came after Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon met President Bush and congressional leaders on Monday and Tuesday.
The convening of the Palestinian Cabinet happened at the Palestinian Authority headquarters complex.