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Israel reportedly set to take 3,000 acres of Palestinian village land near Jerusalem

Israel takin 3,000 acres in E jerusalemIDF soldiers gave out orders Saturday informing Palestinians of Israel’s plans to confiscate 3,176 acres (12,852 dunams) around the West Bank village of Beit Iksa for military purposes, Palestinian media reported.

Beit Iksa residents said to Ma’an news agency that soldiers at a checkpoint distributed the orders, signed by head of the IDF Central Command Gen. Nitzan Alon.

The orders gave the residents until the end of 2017 to leave the land in question. They also said that soldiers informed the Beit Iksa residents that an IDF liaison would come on Monday to explain which parcels of land would be confiscated.


Dozens slain in suicide attack on Nigerian school

Nigeria school attackA suicide bomber dressed as a student killed at least 48 people and injured 79 others at a school assembly in northeastern Nigeria on Monday, a hospital official said.

The blast took place at a boys’ science and technical school in Potiskum, Yobe state. Eyewitnesses said the bomber dressed as a student for the attack.

No one has yet claimed responsibility for the attack. But suspicion immediately fell on Boko Haram, the feared armed group responsible for a brutal wave of violence in the country, most of it directed against civilians. Members of Boko Haram have targeted educational establishments before, abducting and killing hundreds of students.


A city undivided: the fall of the Berlin Wall commemorated 25 years on

Berlin wall commemorationAs the long row of helium-filled white balloons lifted off one by one into the night sky over Berlin, Tina Krone managed to gulp down a tear and lit a sparkler. “I haven’t seen that many people on the streets for 25 years,” she said, surveying the crowds at Bernauer Strasse.

On 9 November 1989, when she and thousands of other East Berliners streamed across the border into the west shortly before midnight, only those old enough to remember the building of the wall had cried.


Israeli ministers approve applying Israel law to West Bank settlers

west Bank to be under israeli lawA ministerial committee approved a proposed bill on Sunday that would ensure the wholesale application of Israeli law to Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank, a move sponsored by legislators who want Israel to annex part of the territory.

But Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, Israel's chief negotiator in peace talks with the Palestinians that collapsed in April, said she would appeal the decision, effectively putting parliamentary ratification on indefinite hold.


High-level talks underway on Iran nuclear program

Iran talks underwayTalks are underway in high-level negotiations to limit Iran's nuclear program in exchange for easing crippling sanctions on the Islamic republic's economy.

Facing a Nov. 24 deadline before negotiations expire, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met Sunday with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and European Union adviser Catherine Ashton.


Israeli Arabs protest after deadly police shooting

Kfar Kana riotsThousands of Israeli Arabs took to the streets Saturday in an angry protest after video footage showed police fatally shooting a 22-year-old Arab who appeared to be retreating when he was shot dead.

Dozens burned tires and hurled rocks and firebombs toward police on major highways in northern Israel, with some waving Palestinian flags and calling for a violent uprising against the state. Police said there were a series of violent outbursts throughout the country, including one in which two people were slightly injured by a stone thrown at a bus that shattered its window.


Hard-line US cardinal loses another Vatican job

cardinal removedAmerican Cardinal Raymond Burke, who championed campaigns to deny Communion to Catholic politicians who support legalized abortion, was removed by Pope Francis from another top Vatican post on Saturday.

The removal of Burke as head of the Holy See’s supreme court was widely expected in church circles.


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