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Russia parliament votes 380-3 to decriminalize domestic violence

Russian DumaRussia's parliament voted 380-3 on Friday to decriminalize domestic violence in cases where it does not cause "substantial bodily harm" and does not occur more than once a year.

The move, which eliminates criminal liability in such cases, makes a violation punishable by a fine of roughly $500, or a 15-day arrest, provided there is no repeat within 12 months.

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Israeli authorities plan to provide permits for 11,000 settler homes in East Jerusalem

Increase in Israeli settlements continuesIsraeli authorities have given the final approval to the building of 153 settler homes in the occupied East Jerusalem and plan to provide permits for thousands more in the upcoming months, Jerusalem's deputy mayor has said.

The Israeli government has boosted plans for settlements on occupied Palestinian territory, which are illegal under international law, since US President Donald Trump, whose administration does not oppose the settlement activity, took office last week.

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Somalia: Al-Shabab attack at Mogadishu hotel 'kills 28'

Somalia hotel attacked by Al ShababAt least 28 people have been killed and dozens wounded in a coordinated gun-and-bomb attack carried out by al-Shabab at a popular hotel in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, according to officials.

The assault on Wednesday morning began when attackers rammed an explosives-packed car into the gate of Dayah Hotel, which is near Somalia's parliament in central Mogadishu, and then stormed inside exchanging gunfire with security guards.

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Israel plans 2,500 settler homes in post-Trump expansion

Israel approves 2500 new settler homesIsrael has approved 2,500 settler homes in the occupied West Bank, officials said Tuesday, marking a major settlement expansion following the election of US President Donald Trump.

The planned new homes approved by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman may be the largest number to have been given the green light since 2013, said settlement watchdog Peace Now.

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U.K. May Have Fired Test Nuclear Missile Toward U.S.

UK missile test errorDefence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon has refused to divulge "operational details" of what happened during a Trident test last June.

It is reported that a missile went off course, but the government has not confirmed or denied this. Theresa May was told about the test when she became prime minister in July, shortly before MPs voted overwhelmingly to renew Trident.

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Train derailment in southern India kills at least 36

India train derailment kills dozensAt least 36 passengers died in a train derailment in the southern India state of Andhra Pradesh, officials said Sunday.

Dozens more were injured when eight coaches and the engine of the Jagdalpur-Bhubaneswar Express left the tracks at 11:15 p.m. Saturday near the border of the neighboring eastern state of Odisha, an unidentified senior railway official told China's state-run Xinhua news agency.

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Israel approves permits for 566 settler homes

Israel approves new settlement homesIsraeli authorities have approved building permits for 566 settler homes in occupied East Jerusalem, according to local officials, a move that has drawn condemnation from Palestinian leaders.

The approval of the building plan on Sunday came two days after the inauguration of Donald Trump in the United States, with Israeli official saying the permits had been held up until the end of Barack Obama's administration, which had been critical of Israeli settlement activity.

"The rules of the game have changed with Donald Trump's arrival as president," Meir Turgeman, Jerusalem's deputy mayor, told AFP news agency.

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