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Palestinians scale Israeli separation wall in solidarity with Jerusalem

Palestinians scale wallDozens of Palestinian activists climbed over Israel’s separation wall to Jerusalem on Friday at a checkpoint near the West Bank city of Ramallah as tensions rise over scattered attacks from both sides and access to holy sites.

Between 30 and 40 protesters were able to scale the over 25-foot high concrete wall using ladders and ramps after activists cut the razor wire lining the top of the wall, Samer Nazzal, a Palestinian photographer, told Al Jazeera.


Israel bans co-author of Lancet letter from Gaza

Mads GilbertA Norwegian doctor who has been critical of Israel has been banned from entering the Gaza Strip for life, with Israeli officials citing security reasons, Norway’s Verdens Gang newspaper reported Friday.

Dr. Mads Gilbert has been treating patients at Gaza’s Shifa Hospital for 30 years, VG reported, but on his most recent trip in October, Israeli soldiers at the Erez Crossing told him he could not enter.


Palestinian boy critically wounded at Jerusalem protest - apparently by police bullet

Palestinian boy critically woundedAn 11-year-old Palestinian boy was critically wounded in the face, apparently by a sponge-tipped bullet, during a violent protest Thursday afternoon in the East Jerusalem neighborhood Issawiya.

Haaretz reported recently that police handling disturbances in Jerusalem's Arab neighborhoods have begun using a type of sponge-tipped bullet that is harder and more injurious than the kind they used to employ.


Israeli policeman faces murder charge in Nakba Day shooting of Palestinian teen

Israeli policeman arrested for murderAn Israeli border policeman has been detained in connection with the shooting death of a Palestinian teenager, an arrest that a human rights advocate described as "incredibly rare."

The policeman was arrested Tuesday, according to Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld. And on Wednesday, a judge extended the officer's detention six more days, according to a court order.

Siam Nowarah, the father of the late 16-year-old Nadeem Nowarah, called the arrest "a step in the right direction." At the same time, he noted the policeman still has not been formally charged, much less convicted and sentenced.


West Bank mosque attacked; mayor blames settlers

West Bank mosque attackedAn attack against a mosque in a West Bank village early on Wednesday ignited a fire that destroyed its first floor, the village's mayor said, blaming Jewish settlers for the attack.

The fire broke out before dawn in the village of Mughayer, north of Ramallah, said Mayor Faraj al-Naasan. He said efforts of residents and Palestinian fire services to quell the blaze succeeded only in saving the building's second floor.


US-China climate deal aims to prod others to act

Obama and Xi JinpingA groundbreaking agreement struck Wednesday by the United States and China puts the world's two worst polluters on a faster track to curbing the heat-trapping gases blamed for global warming. With the clock ticking on a worldwide climate treaty, the two countries sought to move beyond their troubled history as environmental adversaries and spur other nations.

The U.S., a chief proponent of the prospective treaty, is setting an ambitious new goal to stop pumping as much carbon dioxide into the air. China, whose appetite for cheap energy has grown along with its burgeoning economy, agreed for the first time to a self-imposed deadline of 2030 for when its emissions will top out.


U.S., China reach deal on tariffs

US -China trade pactA tariff agreement between the United States and China, reached Tuesday, is being hailed as a breakthrough that could affect $1 trillion in international trade.

The surprise announcement of the deal, which will eliminate tariffs on a variety of high-tech products, came at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Beijing. It paves the way, officials said, for another tariff-cutting agreement when the World Trade Organization meets in Switzerland next month; the final deal would eliminate tariffs on $1 trillion in annual sales of information and communications technology.


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