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Israel proposes 500 new settlement homes near Jerusalem

Israel poposes 500 new settlement homesJerusalem's municipality has proposed building 500 more housing units in an area of the city annexed by Israel after the 1967 Middle East war, a settlement monitoring group said on Wednesday.

There was no immediate confirmation of the move by the Israeli government, but France condemned it.

The proposal is the first since the election of Donald Trump, whom Israeli right-wingers expect to be more supportive of settlement building than Barack Obama's administration.


Germany 'repulsed' by Hitler salutes at US far-right event

White Supremacists saluteThe German government expressed revulsion Wednesday at Nazi-style salutes such as those performed at a recent far-right event in Washington, but said it was confident the United States can tackle the issue.

Video published by The Atlantic showed participants at the event Saturday raising their arms in salute during a speech by Richard Spencer, head of the white-nationalist National Policy Institute.


Egypt court overturns Mohamed Morsi's life sentence

Mursi life sentence overturnedEgypt's deposed president Mohamed Morsi has had a life sentence overturned by the country's Court of Cassation, which ordered a retrial in the case that revolves around accusations of espionage with Palestinian group Hamas.

Morsi, Egypt's first democratically elected president, had a death sentence overturned by the same court last week and a retrial was ordered.

Morsi was overthrown by a military coup in July 2013 after having served just one year of a four-year term.


Turkey issues arrest warrant for Syrian Kurdish leader

Muslima arrested by TurkeyTurkey has issued arrest warrants for 48 Kurdish fighters, including the leader of a US-backed Syrian Kurdish group that is a key military force against ISIL.

Warrants were issued on Tuesday in connection with a suicide bomb attack in February in Ankara. The attack on a military bus near a main base  killed 29 people and was claimed by a group linked to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK.


Deaths as suicide bomber attacks Shia mosque in Kabul

Doaens dead at Kabul mosqueA suicide bomber has blown himself up inside a Shia mosque in the Afghan capital Kabul, killing at least 27 people and wounding dozens of others.

The explosion happened at the Baqer-ul-uloom mosque in the Darul Aman area as people gathered to mark the end of an important religious period.

Kabul police chief Abdul Rahman Rahimi told Al Jazeera 27 people were killed and many others wounded, and the death toll was likely to rise.


Over 100 people killed in India train derailment

India train crashAt least 100 people were killed and more than 150 injured when a train derailed in northern Uttar Pradesh, India's biggest state, police said.

The train was travelling between the northeastern city of Patna and the central city of Indore on Sunday when the incident happened, throwing several carriages off the track, according to railway officials.


Pope decries 'epidemic of animosity' against immigrants and other faiths

Pope FrancisPope Francis on Saturday said an "epidemic of animosity" against people of other races or religions was hurting the weakest in society, striking a note of caution against the rise of populist nationalism.

Little more than a week after Donald Trump was elected the next U.S. president, buoying anti-immigrant parties in Europe and elsewhere, the pope noted "how quickly those among us with the status of a stranger, an immigrant or a refugee become a threat, take on the status of an enemy...


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