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Life sentences reinstated for Palestinian freed in 2011

An Israeli court on Monday reinstated two life sentences handed down earlier against a Palestinian prisoner who had been freed as part of a 2011 prisoner swap, according to a Palestinian NGO. In a statement, the Palestinian Prisoners Society said that Israel’s Ofer military court had reinstated two life-in-prison terms – plus another 30 years behind bars – against Nayef Radwan, a Palestinian who hails from the West Bank city of Ramallah. Radwan had already served 17 years in an Israeli prison when he was released in 2011 as part of an Egypt-brokered prisoner swap between Israel and Palestinian resistance group Hamas. Under the deal’s terms, more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners were freed in exchange for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, […]





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Czech president links Europe attacks to migration wave

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Associated Press
Mon, 2016-12-26
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PRAGUE: The Czech president has linked recent attacks in Europe to the ongoing influx of migrants escaping war-torn, poverty-stricken countries.
Milos Zeman told Czechs in his annual Christmas speech on Monday that “today almost no one doubts the connection between the migration wave and terrorist attacks.”
In order to prevent terrorist attacks on Czech soil, the president said that the Czech Republic shouldn’t take in migrants on a “so-called volunteer basis,” alluding to the European Union’s efforts to distribute migrants across the continent.
Zeman says he has nothing against helping migrants “on their territory or on neighboring territories,” or helping Italy and Greece, but “placing Muslim, hardly compatible migrants on our territory would mean creating a breeding ground for potential terrorist attacks.”

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9 dead, 21 missing after boat capsizes on lake in Uganda

Author: Associated PressMon, 2016-12-26ID: 1482768899798037100KAMPALA, UGANDA: Ugandan authorities say at least nine people have drowned and 21 are missing after a boat capsized on Lake Albert on Christmas day.Police say 15 people survived.Di…


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King tells Moroccan prime minister to form government as soon as possible

Morocco’s King Mohammed VI has called on Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane to form a government “as soon as possible,” a statement by the Royal Court has revealed. The King’s call comes after Benkirane’s talks with other parties to form a government over the past two and a half months have failed to produce a viable coalition. On Saturday, the monarch’s advisors Abdelatif Mennouni and Omar Kabbaj also held talks with Benkirane. They informed the leader of the Justice and Development Party of King Mohammed’s desire to see the new government in place. The Justice and Development Party (PJD) won the parliamentary elections on 7 October, with 125 seats. However, it needs to have a coalition in order to control 198 […]


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Mossad assassinated Tunisian engineer, reveals Israeli journalist

A senior Israeli journalist has revealed that the Israeli Mossad spy agency assassinated Tunisian drone engineer Mohamed Al-Zawari in front of his home earlier this month, Al-Araby Al-Jadid reported on Sunday. After a long investigation, Alon Ben David of Channel 10 TV published an article in Maariv, in which he said that Al-Zawari was ensnared by a female spy, who was the “bait” in a honeytrap. The woman introduced herself to Al-Zawari as a fellow journalist. “The bait was a Mossad agent who conducted a series of interviews with him,” said Ben David. “When she proved credible, she asked him for what should have been the final interview.” Instead, two Mossad agents from the Kidon Unit turned up for the […]


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Chile’s government works to re-establish connectivity in quake-affected zone

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Reuters
Mon, 2016-12-26
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SANTIAGO: Chile’s government set to work on Monday repairing roads and restoring electricity to southern regions affected by a major earthquake that struck on Christmas Day, frightening thousands but resulting in no fatalities or major damage.
The quake, a magnitude 7.6 centered off Chiloe Island northwest of Patagonia, caused thousands in the tourism and salmon farming region to evacuate to higher ground amid fears of a tsunami. A tsunami never materialized however and, thanks to strict building codes in the earthquake-prone nation, structural damage was light. By Sunday night, almost all Chileans had returned to their homes.
The quake did, however, cause at least one bridge collapse, cut power to 21,000 Chileans, and severed sections of the island’s major highway.
“There are zones with landslides and cutoffs,” Chilean Public Works Minister Alberto Undurraga said in televised remarks, adding that it will take two to seven days to make the needed repairs to the area’s highways.
“All of our teams are on the island to re-establish connectivity, which is the main aspect that has affected the island. The rest is functioning normally, the cities are working.”
Chile’s energy minister, Andres Rebolledo, said on Twitter that power had been restored to all but 6,000 customers as of Sunday night.
Chile’s state-run oil company, ENAP, said on Twitter that one of its ships had already landed on Chiloe, ensuring a supply of gasoline for at least the next 15 days. In the moments after the quake, many of the island’s residents had rushed to gas stations, amid fears that damaged roads would cut supply.
The region’s only significant port, in the city of Puerto Montt, reopened after a brief closure, according to the navy, and Chile’s aquaculture service said the zone’s key salmon farming industry was not affected.
Chiloe, a misty, forested island popular with tourists for its traditional culture and pastoral scenery is in a seismically active zone, like much of Chile. As a result, the government has strict procedures to minimize damage and injuries during quakes, and residents and authorities are generally well prepared when they do strike.
“I want to emphasize the exemplary way the affected communities reacted,” Chilean President Michelle Bachelet said in a speech.
“The government will continue going out into the field, taking all the necessary measures to re-establish normalcy on Chiloe Island.”

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UK ‘disappointed’ Netanyahu canceled planned meeting with May

The UK’s deputy ambassador to Israel, Tony Kay, on Monday expressed “disappointment” that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has canceled a planned meeting with his British counterpart, Theresa May, in protest of London’s support for a UN Security Council resolution that called on Israel to halt its settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territories. Netanyahu’s office had denied reports on Sunday night that he had canceled a meeting with May next month at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, saying that no meeting had been set. But the deputy head of mission at the British Embassy in Tel Aviv told The Times of Israel there had been plans for a meeting, though Jerusalem had not informed London it planned to […]