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Obama meets with Asian leaders about North Korea nuke threat

Obama meets with Asian leadersWhile making final preparations for his nuclear security summit, President Obama will spend time Thursday facing challenges in Asia that range from North Korea's nuclear weapons to China's military and territorial ambitions.

Obama, who welcomes world leaders to the White House for a working dinner, will hold private meetings earlier in the day with the top officials from Japan, South Korea, and China, sessions devoted mainly to North Korea's nukes.


Israel Passes Law to Cap Bankers’ Salaries

Israel passes law to cap bank ceo salaries The Israeli Knesset passed one of the world’s toughest curbs on bank executives’ salaries to try to narrow a big gap between bosses’ and workers’ pay.

The law was pushed through by Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon, who, ahead of last year’s election, ran on a platform of lowering the cost of living and reforming Israel’s banks. It was approved in parliament overnight in a 56-0 vote and will take effect in six months.


Israeli court: Killing of Palestinian 'inconclusive'

Israeli court: killing of Palestinian inconclusiveAn Israeli military court says evidence is "inconclusive" against one of its soldiers who was caught on camera shooting dead a wounded Palestinian.

Lieutenant Colonel Ronen Shor, the judge, said on Tuesday there is "reasonable doubt" about the circumstances of the shooting "given the complexity of the events" surrounding a stabbing incident and the killing that followed.


Nigerian army rescues 72 Boko Haram hostages

Nigerian army rescues 72 hostagesThe Nigerian army rescued 72 people held hostage by Boko Haram in what it called "clearance operations" in northeastern Nigeria.

The government has said it is in the final stages of ridding the country of the territorial ambitions of the Islamist terrorist organization, which has links to the Islamic State.


EgyptAir hijack: Cyprus airport hostage drama ends

Egypt air hijack endsThe hijacker of an EgyptAir passenger jet was arrested at Cyprus' Larnaca airport after a five-hour standoff. No one was hurt in the incident after the man surrendered to authorities.

The EgyptAir domestic flight from Alexandria to Cairo was hijacked on Tuesday morning and forced to divert to the island.


Japan enacts laws allowing combat missions abroad

Japan allowing combat missionsJapan has launched new security laws that allow its military to engage in conflicts abroad for reasons other than self-defence, a move critics see as a major deviation from the country's pacifist constitution.

For the first time since World War II, Japan will be able to participate more in international peacekeeping compared with its previous, mostly humanitarian, missions.


Israel backs out of spat with Brazil over Dani Dayan's pro-settlement stance

Dani DayanIsrael has withdrawn the nomination of Dani Dayan, a former West Bank settlement leader, as ambassador to Brazil, ending a seven-month standoff with Brasilia, which refused to accept his credentials.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Monday that Dayan would instead be appointed consul-general in New York, after months of tense exchanges between Israel and the South American country.


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