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Dispute arises over circumstances of death of woman at Israeli checkpoint

Dispute over killing of woman at israeli checkpointContradictory accounts have emerged over the fatal shooting of an 18-year-old Palestinian student, Hadeel al-Hashlamon, by Israeli forces at a checkpoint in the West Bank city of Hebron on Tuesday morning, after she allegedly pulled a knife on the soldiers.

Questions over the precise circumstances have been raised by a series of images depicting much of the lethal encounter, including whether a group of heavily armed soldiers wearing body armour acted appropriately in shooting the young woman several times.

She died later from injuries, which family members say included gunshot wounds to her abdomen, despite initial claims by the Israeli military that she was shot in the legs.


Israeli Police Can Now Use Snipers Against Teenagers Throwing Stones

Israelis can use snipers aganist stone throwing teensIsraeli police can now use snipers to open fire on stone-throwing Palestinian and Bedouin youth in some parts of the country. While government officials say the snipers are non-lethal, the weapons have killed Palestinian children in the past.

Police in Jerusalem and southern parts of Israel will now be equipped Ruger .22-caliber rifles to shoot at the stone throwers, who have recently targeted car passengers and houses. According to the policy shift, authorized by Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein, officers can only shoot if the stone throwers are endangering the lives of people in cars or houses. Police are only permitted to fire at targets’ legs, and officers are expected to participate in sharpshooting training at the National Police Academy.


Young Palestinian woman shot by Israeli forces dies

Palestinian woman shot by IDF diesA young Palestinian woman shot and wounded by Israeli troops after she reportedly attempted to stab a soldier at a checkpoint in the occupied West Bank has died, sources have told Al Jazeera.

The woman, named as a 19-year-old university student, was wounded at the checkpoint near the centre of Hebron around 8.30am on Tuesday.

"The attacker attempted to stab a soldier," an Israeli army spokeswoman said, explaining that the soldier then fired live ammunition at her "lower extremities".


Four abducted from Philippines resort

Four kidnapped from Phillipine resortThe Philippine military says unidentified gunmen have abducted a Norwegian resort manager, two Canadians and a Filipino woman from a southern island.

Regional military spokesman Capt. Alberto Caber said two Japanese tourists unsuccessfully tried to intervene before the gunmen escaped with their hostages aboard a motorized outrigger from Samal Island off Davao City.


UN agency: Iran's role in nuclear probe meets standards

Iran nuclear dealThe chief of the U.N. nuclear agency acknowledged Monday that samples used to determine whether Iran tried to develop a nuclear weapon were collected by the Iranians instead of agency experts, but insisted the probe stands up to strict agency standards.

Such sampling of soil, air or dust from equipment is usually done by the International Atomic Energy Agency's own experts. But IAEA chief Yukiya Amano confirmed that Iranians carried out that part of the probe at Parchin, where the agency suspects that explosive triggers for nuclear weapons might have been tested in the past.


China president’s strategic U.S. tech meeting

China president Xi JinpingAs President Xi Jinping of China prepares for his first state visit to the United States this month, Washington has warned it could hit Chinese companies with sanctions over digital attacks for trade secrets. Beijing is now pushing back in an unorthodox way: by organizing a technology forum in Seattle to demonstrate its own sway over the American tech industry.

The Sept. 23 meeting is planned to feature China’s Internet czar, Lu Wei, the overseer of China’s restrictions on foreign technology companies.

A number of Chinese tech executives, including Robin Li of Baidu and Jack Ma of A


Kerry: US to accept 85,000 refugees in 2016, 100,000 in 2017

US to take refugeesScrambling to address a growing Syrian refugee crisis, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced Sunday that the United States would significantly increase the number of worldwide migrants it takes in over the next two years, though not by nearly the amount many activists and former officials have urged.

The U.S. will accept 85,000 refugees from around the world next year, up from 70,000, and that total would rise to 100,000 in 2017, Kerry said at news conference with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier after they discussed the mass migration of Syrians fleeing their civil war.


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