AP: Ariel Sharon’s massive stroke threw Israeli politics and Mideast peace-making efforts into turmoil, threatening momentum for a deal with the Palestinians and enhancing the position of hard-liners.

The Israeli prime minister broke away from the Likud Party of Benjamin Netanyahu in November, and the new centrist party he formed had been the favorite to win March 28 elections. But Kadima was largely a one-man show which would have an uncertain future without the 77-year-old Sharon. read story

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