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Pregnant woman, child killed in Gaza by Israeli airstrike

Gaza deathsAn Israeli airstrike killed a pregnant Palestinian woman and her 2-year-old daughter in Gaza Sunday, a Gaza health official said, while in the West Bank, police said a Palestinian woman detonated an explosive in her car at a checkpoint, injuring an Israeli soldier and herself.

The attack appeared to mark the first use of explosives in the current round of mounting violence that follows a series of stabbing and shooting attacks.


Hundreds of thousands protest in Berlin against EU-U.S. trade deal

TPP protests BerlinHundreds of thousands of people marched in Berlin on Saturday in protest against a planned free trade deal between Europe and the United States that they say is anti-democratic and will lower food safety, labor and environmental standards.

Organizers - an alliance of environmental groups, charities and opposition parties - said 250,000 people were taking part in the rally against free trade deals with both the United States and Canada, far more than they had anticipated.


Palestinians stab Israelis in 2 Jerusalem attacks

palestinian dathPalestinians carried out two stabbing attacks in Jerusalem on Saturday before being shot dead by police, while another two Palestinians were killed during a violent demonstration near the Gaza border fence.

Jerusalem has seen a wave of stabbing attacks linked to tensions over a sensitive holy site in the Old City that is sacred to Jews and Muslims. In recent days the attacks have spread to the rest of Israel, while violent protests have erupted in the West Bank and along the Gaza border, where seven Palestinians were killed on Friday.


Turkish PM says deadly attacks likely were suicide bombings

Tureky explosionTwo bomb explosions targeted a peace rally Saturday by leftist and Kurdish activists in the Turkish capital of Ankara, killing 86 people and wounding 186, the country's health minister said.

The explosions occurred seconds apart outside Ankara's main train station as hundreds were gathering for the rally, organized by Turkey's public sector workers' union and other civic society groups. The rally aimed to call for increased democracy and an end to the renewed violence between Kurdish rebels and Turkish security forces.


'TPP would cost lives': WikiLeaks unveils full intellectual property chapter

TPP leaksTransparency advocate WikiLeaks has obtained and released the intellectual property chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the massive trade deal among Pacific Rim nations comprising 40 percent of global gross domestic product.

The intellectual property chapter indicates new restrictions on generic drugs, which are much less expensive than drugs made by patent holders within the pharmaceutical industry.


Finance officials to clamp down on multinational tax evasion

Tax evasion probeFinance officials from the world's 20 biggest economies have committed to toughening laws and boosting cross-border cooperation to prevent multinational companies from avoiding as much as $250 billion a year in taxes.

The unanimous agreement was announced Friday in Peru's capital on the sidelines of the International Monetary Fund's annual meeting. The plan, to be presented to heads of state for approval next month at a Group of 20 summit in Turkey, seeks to address concerns about whether large companies such as Apple and Google are paying their fair amount of taxes.


ISIL kills top Iranian commander in Syria amid push on Aleppo

ISIL kills top Iranian GeneralISIL fighters advancing on the northern outskirts of the Syrian city of Aleppo have killed an Iranian military commander providing military advice to troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, Iran's army said Thursday.

The development comes as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant reportedly seized several villages in Aleppo province from rival groups in what some have described as the biggest advance by the ISIL since it launched its latest offensive.


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