Libya: 118 corpses found on a side road

Some 118 corpses have been found on the side of a road over a period of one and a half months in Libya, the interior ministry reported on Sunday. The bodies belong to people aged between 16-35 years old and who were killed by firearms over the period from 15 December to 31 January. According to the ministry, four bodies belonged to young women who were no more than 25 years old. Read: Libyans intercept at least 1,131 refugees, migrants off coast The ministry’s report included cases of murder, kidnapping and armed robbery in the capital Tripoli. The Libyan investigation unit said on its Facebook page that it had documented 293 cases of abductions over the same period, including 11 […]

PA announces timeline for 2017 local elections

The Palestinian Authority (PA) Central Elections Commission yesterday announced a timeline for local elections in 2017 across the occupied West Bank and besieged Gaza Strip. The Fatah-dominated PA had announced at the end of last month that local elections would be scheduled for 13 May in both the West Bank and Gaza, a move which Hamas rejected. According to the CEC’s Arabic website, the voter registration process will begin on the morning of 25 February and extend for five days. Following the registration process, candidacy applications will be open for ten days from 28 March to 6 April and the preliminary list of candidates will be made public on 9 April. Read: Palestinian official injured in 2nd assassination attempt On […]

Turkey condemns ‘unacceptable’ Israeli settlement law

Agence France Presse
Tue, 2017-02-07

ISTANBUL: Turkey on Tuesday condemned a new Israeli law legalizing dozens of Jewish settlements built on private Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank, as a senior government minister was visiting Tel Aviv in the first such trip in seven years.
“We strongly condemn Israeli Parliament’s adoption of a law that gives approval to various settlements consisting of 4,000 units built on the private property of the Palestinians,” the Turkish foreign ministry said in a statement.
The ministry said the “unacceptable” Israeli policy contradicted UN Security Council resolutions and was “destroying the basis for the two-state solution.”
The new law will allow Israel to legally seize Palestinian private land on which Israelis built without knowing it was private property or because the state allowed them to do so.
Critics say it will legalize the “theft” of the land even Israeli law has accepted as Palestinian.
Ankara’s reaction comes as Tourism Minister Nabi Avci was due to meet with his Israeli counterpart in Tel Aviv — in the first visit by a top government official from Turkey since the two countries last year patched up ties that were badly damaged over the 2010 raid of a Gaza-bound Turkish ship by Israeli commandoes.
Following the raid, which killed 10 Turkish activists, the two countries pulled their envoys out from their respective capitals as relations fell to an all-time low.
The rift came to an end in June last year after long-running secret talks in third countries. Israel paid compensation, offered an apology and granted Turkey permission to send aid to Gaza through Israeli ports.
Turkey is a top tourist destination for Israelis, with tens of thousands visiting each year.

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Swedish Humor: Building An ‘Affordable’ Border Wall

“Too expensive!” “Too complicated!” “Unrealistic!” – This is the sort of criticism US President Donald Trump is currently facing over plans to build a wall along the border with Mexico.

But, as The Postillon blog hilariously explains, an offer from home furnishings brand, IKEA, could solve all of these problems with a single blow.

The Scandinavian furniture maker has offered the USA a practical, ready-made solution with “Börder Wåll”.

All they need to do is pick it up in a van from the nearest IKEA branch and put it up where they want it to go. Totalling US $9,999,999,999.99, “Börder Wåll” is significantly cheaper than a conventional wall. Estimates suggest that a conventional wall would cost between US $15 and $25 billion.

According to government press secretary, Sean Spicer, President Trump is currently inspecting the offer:

The simple, Scandinavian designed border wall (with a 5 year guarantee) is primarily made of pressboard with a birch effect and can be assembled with the help of a hex key. A 12,000 page instruction manual with easy-to-understand pictures makes construction child’s play – as long as there is not a single screw missing.

“However, assembly requires two people: one person can hold the wall while the second screws it together”, it states in IKEA’s offer.

The basic model of the wall is 33ft (10 m) tall and 1,954 miles (3,144 km) long, although the height and length can be extended as desired.

IKEA has already announced that it will design other products in the next few weeks that will be compatible with “Börder Wåll”. According to inside sources, this includes products such as the “Gåwk” watchtower and the “Råtåtåtåtåtå” spring-gun.

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Man tries to set himself alight in Mecca Grand Mosque

A man tried to set himself alight with gasoline beside the Kaaba in Mecca yesterday evening, police in Saudi Arabia said. Officers said they were able to arrest the man before he was able to set light to himself at the Grand Mosque. “His actions suggest that he is mentally ill,” the mosque’s police service said in a statement, adding without elaborating that police would take measures to address the incident. Police said the man was in his 40s. A video clip circulating on social media showed a man being hustled away from the Kaaba by pilgrims and security guards. #القبض_علي_شخص_حاول_حرق_الكعبهArrest someone tried to burn down #Kaaba#mecca — DR. nail ✉️ (@wwllwwq) February 7, 2017

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