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UN agency cancels Gaza marathon over ban on women

Updated: March 5, 2013, 2:39 PM ET
Associated Press

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- The United Nations on Tuesday canceled a planned marathon in Gaza after the Palestinian territory's Hamas rulers banned women from participating, in a new attempt by the Islamic militant group to impose its ideology inside the crowded coastal strip.

The dispute threatened to further strain the already delicate relationship between Hamas and the United Nations. Gaza sportswomen met the news with resignation, saying their conservative society had made it difficult ...

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