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Belgium Set To Recognize 'Palestine' State

Belgium set to recognize palestinian stateThe parties that make up Belgium’s federal government have agreed to recognize Palestinian statehood unilaterally, a Belgian daily reported.

The four parties reached an agreement earlier this week, the Le Soir daily reported Wednesday. They intend to submit a motion to parliament formulating support for recognizing Palestinian statehood, which the parties intend to pass in parliament and which the government is planning to implement.


30 years later, disaster haunts Bhopal survivors

BhopalThree decades after lethal gas swept through Bhopal, the central Indian city remains haunted by memories of the world's worst industrial disaster.

Hundreds of survivors of the gas leak that claimed thousands of lives took to the streets Wednesday to mark the 30th anniversary of the disaster, chanting slogans and carrying placards demanding harsher punishments for those responsible and more compensation for the victims.


French parliament votes to recognize Palestinian state

French parliamentFrance’s Socialist-led parliament has passed a symbolic vote to recognize Palestinian statehood, despite staunch objections from Israel. MPs in Britain and Spain have already passed similar motions.

The proposal was passed with 339 votes in favor and 151 against, meaning that it was supported by more than two-thirds of French lawmakers.

Israel immediately responded, saying that the motion would “harm the peace process,” AFP reported.


Israel set for elections as Netanyahu fires two ministers

netanyahuIsrael’s prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, has dramatically dismissed two leading members of his cabinet, collapsing his coalition, and firing the starting gun for widely anticipated snap elections.

His decision to dismiss justice minister Tzipi Livni, Israel’s lead negotiator in the peace process, and finance minister Yair Lapid, follows weeks of mounting political tensions within Netanyahu’s increasingly dysfunctional coalition.


Gunmen Attack Kenya Quarry Near Somali Border, Kill Dozens Of Workers

Kenya massacreSomali al Shabaab Islamist militants killed 36 non-Muslim workers at a quarry in northeast Kenya on Tuesday, prompting the president to change his top security officials to tackle a relentless wave of violence.

Kenyans have grown increasingly critical of President Uhuru Kenyatta and his government for failing to do more to defend the nation from the incessant militant attacks, which have killed well over 200 people since 2013.


Hong Kong protest leaders: time to retreat

Hong Kong protestThe leaders of Hong Kong's pro-democracy protest movement, Occupy Central, called for an end to demonstrations Tuesday.

"Our young people have used their bodies to withstand the blows of police batons, their blood and broken bones have brought us the deepest sorrow. We three urge the students to retreat, to put down deep roots in the community and transform the movement," said Benny Tai, a University of Hong Kong law professor. Tai, Chan Kin-man and Chu Yiu-ming, the co-founders of Occupy Central, said they would turn themselves in to authorities Wednesday.


Officials: Wife of IS leader detained in Lebanon

isis leaderLebanese authorities detained a wife and suspected son of the leader of the Islamic State group several days ago, and she is being questioned, two senior Lebanese officials said Tuesday.

A military official said the woman and child were detained about 10 days ago while carrying fake identification cards.

Both officials refused to give further details about the woman who is believed to be one of the wives of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the group's reclusive leader. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.


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