` Israeli Military Forces Begin Demolishing Structures in West Bank ‘

#AceWorldNews – (Palestinian Territories) – May 14 – Israeli military forces began demolishing structures in an illegal West Bank settler outpost on Wednesday, the army said, after attempts at a voluntary evacuation failed.

Soldiers at the Maale Rehavam outpost, south-east of the West Bank town of Bethlehem, helped demolish 11 structures, five of which had been inhabited, a defence ministry spokesman told AFP.

Israeli media reported that the army was also to raze more than a dozen structures in two other outposts, Ramat Gilad and Givat Assaf, by the weekend.

The orders to remove the structures came after residents refused to evacuate voluntarily.

Israel‘s High Court ruled in November that the state must remove the structures which were on privately-owned Palestinian land.

Last year Israeli settlement watchdog Peace Now said the government had decided to legalise a number of outposts which were on land purchased from Palestinians, including parts of Maale Rehavam.

Israel considers settlement outposts built without government approval to be illegal. They usually consist of little more than a few trailer homes.

But the international community considers all settlements built-in the West Bank — including east Jerusalem — to be illegal.

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“Middle East `Israel Advance’s Plans for `Construction of Settler Units in Occupied East Al-Quds Jerusalem’ after Permit’s Granted”

#AceNewsServices says `Israel Advances Plans for the Construction’ of 558 settler units in the `Occupied East al-Quds (Jerusalem)’ says a statement.

The city council said Tel Aviv had pushed forward with plans to build the homes in settlement neighbourhoods.

Mideast-Israel-Palest_Horo-28In a statement listing “building permits that were approved” during a session of the local planning committee, it said permits had been granted to private contractors to build 386 units in Har Homa, 136 units in Neve Yaakov and 36 units in Pisgat Zeev.

Israeli forces also razed down an entire Palestinian village in the Jordan Valley region of the occupied West Bank on Thursday.

Israel occupied the Palestinian territories of East al-Quds, the Gaza Strip, and the West Bank during the Six-Day War of 1967. Israel conducted a self-proclaimed withdrawal from Gaza in 2005, but Israeli forces have carried out regular deadly forays into the sliver ever since the so-called pull-out.

The United Nations regards the Israeli settlements as illegal because the territories were captured in the war and are hence subject to the Geneva Conventions, which forbid construction on occupied lands.

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EU will agree next month to deepen relations with Cuba09:36

EU to begin talks with Cuba on cooperation accord

The EU will agree the next month to deepen relations with Cuba in the most significant overture to the communist island since the bloc lifted diplomatic sanctions in 2008, Reuters reported, citing its sources. On February 10, foreign ministers from EU countries will give the go-ahead to launch talks with Havana on a special cooperation accord. The pact, aimed at increasing trade, investment and dialogue on human rights, could be agreed by the end of 2015. “Cuba wants capital and the EU wants influence,” said one source involved in the talks.

Cleric who supported the Afghan Taliban has been shot dead in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta,08:51

Gunmen shoot dead influential pro-Taliban cleric in Pakistan

An influential cleric who supported the Afghan Taliban has been shot dead in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta, officials said Thursday. “Two unknown gunmen on a motorcycle” shot dead Maulana Abdullah Zakiri as he was on his way to a mosque Wednesday night,” senior police official Abdul Razzaq told AFP. Zakiri had lived in Quetta for a long time and had no known disputes with anyone. However, his family has accused Afghan intelligence services of his murder.

Saudi Arabia is expected to give Egypt up to $4 billion08:26

Egypt to receive up to $4bn more aid from Saudi Arabia – report

Saudi Arabia is expected to give Egypt up to $4 billion in additional aid in the form of central bank deposits and petroleum products, Reuters said. State-run Egyptian newspaper Al Ahram reported Thursday that the package would be worked out during a visit next week to Riyadh by Egypt’s interim prime minister, Hazem el-Beblawi. Funds from Gulf Arab states have kept Egypt’s economy afloat during the recent political turmoil, which has hit investment and tourism hard.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Thursday that his country will accept the most vulnerable Syrian refugees07:49

UK to accept vulnerable Syrian refugees – Hague

British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Thursday that his country will accept the most vulnerable Syrian refugees this year. Hague said in the Philippine capital, Manila, that the details were still being worked out, did not specify a number of the refugees, AP reported. However, he said that Britain would prioritize displaced Syrians who have been exposed to the horrors of the conflict, including victims of sexual violence.

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Bangladesh court sentences top Islamist, 13 others to death for arms smuggling

A Bangladesh court on Thursday sentenced 14 people to death over an arms smuggling racket 10 years ago, AFP reported. Those convicted include the leader of the country’s largest Islamist party, the Jamaat-e-Islami party. “The judge sentenced 14 people including Motiur Rahman Nizami, to death on smuggling charges,”prosecutor Kamal Uddin Ahmed said.

10 killed as mob attacks India village in land dispute06:52

10 killed as mob attacks India village in land dispute

A mob armed with shotguns attacked a remote village in northeast India, killing at least 10 people in a land dispute, police said Thursday. The attackers fired indiscriminately Wednesday evening in Chauldhua village in the densely forested area in northern Assam state, AP reported, citing witnesses. The gunmen came from neighboring Arunachal Pradesh state, police said. The dispute dates back to 1987, when Arunachal Pradesh state was created and the village was declared to be in Assam.

Suicide car bomber kills 2 officers in east Afghanistan06:21

Suicide car bomber kills 2 officers in east Afghanistan

A suicide car bomber has attacked a police facility in the country’s east, killing two officers, AP reported. The attacker targeted a police and intelligence compound in the Nangarhar province’s Pachir Wagam district early on Thursday morning, said Ahmad Zia Abdulzai, a spokesman in the province. Three members of the security forces were injured in the attack. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in an emailed statement.

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​Johansson breaks with humanitarian group Oxfam over Israeli settlement boycott

Actress Scarlett Johansson has decided to end her eight-year tenure as ambassador for Oxfam International, a prominent group fighting against poverty and injustice, saying she does not endorse the group’s boycott of Israeli settlements in occupied territories. Oxfam opposes all trade with the settlements, saying their existence is illegal and violates Palestinians’ rights. Johansson recently came under fire for signing on as the first global brand ambassador of SodaStream, a company maintaining a large factory in an Israeli settlement in the West Bank.

​Latin America and Caribbean to become ‘zone of peace’01:27

​Latin America and Caribbean to become ‘zone of peace’

The Community of Latin American and Caribbean States bloc has signed a resolution declaring the region a “zone of peace”. The 33 nations thus pledged to resolve regional disputes without the use of force in respect to another. The measure was approved on the final day of a summit of Western Hemisphere nations, minus the United States and Canada.

EU agrees on accord to normalize relations with Cuba00:01

​EU agrees on accord to normalize relations with Cuba – source

EU states have agreed on the “whole package” for a new accord with Cuba aimed at normalizing relations with the communist state and encourage reforms and strengthen the human rights in the country, an EU source told AFP. The text of the agreement will be discussed among EU foreign Ministers next month. The bloc suspended ties with Cuba in 2003 after a crackdown on 75 dissidents, which have all now been released from jail.

 

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