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Israel Plans To Boycott French Mideast Peace Conference

NetanyahuIsrael will not participate in an international conference aimed at setting its conflict with the Palestinians, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s top advisers told the French government’s special envoy to the Middle East peace process.

French envoy Pierre Vimont is in the region to discuss the plan for a conference, to be held in December, with officials from Israel and from the Palestinian Authority. He met Monday with acting National Security Adviser Yakov Nagel and Netanyahu diplomatic envoy Isaac Molcho in Jerusalem.


Israeli court jails 14-year-old Palestinian attacker for 12 years

israeil court sentences teen to 12 yearsAn Israeli court sentenced a 14-year-old Palestinian boy to 12 years in prison on Monday for his part in a stabbing attack that wounded two Israelis in October last year.

The boy, named by Palestinian officials as Ahmed Manasra, carried out the attack in an Israeli settlement north of Jerusalem along with his 15-year-old cousin. The cousin was shot and killed by an Israeli passerby, while Manasra was wounded.


German couple kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf in southern Philippines, woman killed

German couple kidnapped in PhilippinesAbu Sayyaf, a militant Islamist organization that pledged allegiance to the Islamic State, said it kidnapped a German couple, killing the woman.

Muammar Askali, a self-proclaimed Abu Sayyaf spokesperson, said the two Germans were kidnapped near Tawi-Tawi island in the Philippines' autonomous Muslim region in the far south, close to Malaysia. He said Juegen Kantner, a male German sailor, was kidnapped, and his female companion, Sabina Wetch, was shot and killed.


Detained Philippine mayor on Duterte's drug list killed in prison shootout

Detained Philippino mayor killedA mayor on Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's list of top drugs suspects was killed during a shootout at a prison on Saturday, police said, in the latest high-profile killing in his bloody war on narcotics.

Rolando Espinosa, mayor of Albuera town in central Leyte province, turned himself in to the national police chief in August after Duterte asked him and his son, Kerwin, to surrender over their involvement in the drug trade.


Civilians fleeing Mosul killed in roadside bomb attack

Mosul civilians being killedTwo roadside bombs struck a convoy carrying Iraqi families fleeing an ISIL-controlled town in the north of the country late on Friday, killing at least 18 people, a police officer said.

The bombs targeted a truck carrying people from Hawija, about 120kms south of ISIL's stronghold in Mosul, as they were being taken to the town of Al Alam, next to the River Tigris.


Car bombing in Turkey kills 8, injures dozens

Car bomb TurkeyA huge car bomb killed at least eight people Friday in the largest city in Turkey’s mainly Kurdish southeast region, authorities said.

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said up to 100 were also wounded in the Diyarbakir bombing, the Associated Press reported. Yildirim said two police officers, a technician and five civilians were among those killed.


Brexit plans in disarray as high court rules parliament must have its say

Brexit plans in dissarayParliament alone has the power to trigger Brexit by notifying Brussels of the UK’s intention to leave the European Union, the high court has ruled.

The judgment (pdf), delivered by the lord chief justice, Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, is likely to slow the pace of Britain’s departure from the EU and is a huge setback for Theresa May, who had insisted the government alone would decide when to trigger the process.


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