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US spied on Israel over strike on Iran's nuclear program

US spied on IsraelIsrael violated Iranian airspace in 2012 in what U.S. officials interpreted as a dry run for a strike on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear facilities, the Wall Street Journal reported.

According to the Journal’s report Friday, the United States had “closely monitored Israel’s military bases and eavesdropped on secret communications” during 2012, fearing that Israel was planning an attack on the Fordo nuclear site in Iran.


At least 43 killed in French bus crash

French bus accidentAt least 41 people on a bus carrying elderly day-trippers were killed early on Friday when the bus hit a truck head-on and caught fire, in France's worst road crash in more than 30 years.

Two people, including a young boy, died in the truck. A total of eight people were injured.

The bus and the truck collided near a forested bend on a two-lane road cut into a hillside near Puisseguin in the Gironde region, about 60 km (35 miles) east of Bordeaux, the local prefect's office said in a statement.


Egypt locks up lawyers in Islamist fight

Egypt jails lawyersAs Egypt cracks down on its Islamist dissidents, many of the country's lawyers are finding themselves on the wrong side of the law as well. Attorney Mohsen al-Bahnasy says so many fellow lawyers have been arrested or charged in recent months that he now spends much of his time defending them in court.

One of the lawyers he represents is accused of distributing leaflets supporting the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist group banned by the government of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. According to Bahnasy, his client, a lawyer, was in a police station with his own clients at the time of the alleged crime. Bahnasy says the lawyer, like others deemed sympathetic to the Brotherhood, has never distributed such leaflets and is the victim of trumped-up charges.


Iceland Just Jailed Dozens of Corrupt Bankers for 74 Years, The Opposite of What America Does

Iceland jails corrupt bankersRaykovich, Iceland – In stark contrast to the record low number of prosecutions of CEO’s and high-level financial executives in the U.S., Iceland has just sentenced 26 bankers to a combined 74 years in prison.

The majority of those convicted have been sentenced to prison terms of two to five years. The maximum penalty in Iceland for financial crimes is six years, although hearings are currently underway to consider extending the maximum beyond six years.


Sweden school sword attack: Two killed by masked attacker

Sweden school attackA masked man armed with a sword has killed a pupil and a teacher at a school in Sweden.  The suspect, clad in black, apparently posed for photos with students ahead of the attack, in the western town of Trollhattan.

Two further victims, a pupil and a teacher, are seriously injured. The attacker was shot by police and has died of his injuries. He was 21 and resident in Trollhattan, police said.

The king has said Sweden "is in shock".


Israeli man shot dead after being mistaken for attacker

Israeli man mistaken for terrorist and killedA Jewish Israeli man was shot and killed in a scuffle with Israeli soldiers who suspected he was a Palestinian attacker, police said Thursday, in a reflection of the jittery mood that has gripped Israelis amid a spate of near-daily stabbings.

The shooting came as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was in Germany for talks with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on how to restore calm. Kerry is set to meet with the Palestinians this weekend.


Iran's supreme leader endorses nuclear deal

Iran's Supreme Leader endorses nuclear dealAfter months of ambiguity, Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday finally endorsed and ordered implemented the landmark nuclear agreement reached earlier this year between the regime in Tehran and six world powers.

According to Reuters, Khamenei wrote in a letter to President Hassan Rouhani, and posted to his official website, that the deal was not without its flaws and that the United States and its European partners should announce the lifting of sanctions against Iran.


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