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On barren hilltop, Israeli settler vigilantism blurs into Jewish theocracy

Israeli settler theocracyClinging to a barren hillside, the “Baladim” outpost was little more than a solitary trailer, a farming tractor, a makeshift tent for shade, and a flock of goats.

But Israeli security authorities say Baladim and other hilltop outposts served as a base for a new generation of Jewish militants, disaffected youths who allegedly vandalized Holy Land churches and carried out a deadly arson attack in the nearby Palestinian village of Duma on July 31. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denounced the attack, which killed Saad Dawabsha and his 18-month-old son Ali, as an act of “Jewish terrorism.”



Gunman kills Red Cross workers in Yemen

Red Cross workers ambushed in YemenTwo Red Cross employees were shot dead in the northern Yemeni province of Amran by an unknown attacker on Wednesday, the international aid group said, in a rare case of violence against humanitarian workers in a five-month war.

The pair were Yemeni nationals and returning from aid work in the far northern province of Saada, said Adnan Hizam, spokesman for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).


Canadian economy enters recession

canada enters recessionhe Canadian economy has entered recession, official figures have shown.

Gross domestic product (GDP) fell by an annualised rate of 0.5% between April and June. That follows a contraction of 0.8% in the first quarter, meaning the economy has seen two consecutive quarters of negative growth, the usual definition of recession.

The data will be a blow for prime minister Stephen Harper, who faces elections on 19 October.


Gang Crackdown Sets Off Bloodiest Week in El Salvador’s History

El Salvador GangStreet gangs in El Salvador murdered 125 people in the span of three days, marking the bloodiest week in the history of the Central American nation.

Authorities say that the murders took place between August 16 and August 18, as a consequence of the war the Salvadoran government is waging against street gangs, such as Mara Salvatrucha and Barrio 18. By the end of the week on Friday, the number of homicides jumped to 220.


Pope Francis to allow all priests to forgive abortion during Holy Year

Pope to forgive abortionsPope Francis will give all priests discretion during the Roman Catholic Church's upcoming Holy Year to formally forgive women who have had abortions, the Argentine pontiff announced Tuesday in his latest move toward a more open and inclusive church.

In Church teaching, abortion is such a grave sin that those who procure or perform it incur an automatic excommunication. Usually only designated clergy and missionaries can formally forgive abortions.


Hungary shuts down largest train terminal to halt influx of refugees

Hungarian rail station shut down to keep out refugeesHundreds of angry refugees demonstrated outside Budapest's shuttered Eastern Railway Terminus on Tuesday, demanding that they be allowed to travel on to Germany, as a migration crisis put the European Union's rules under unprecedented strain.

Hungarian authorities closed the train station altogether, then reopened it but barred entry to the refugees. About 100 police wearing helmets and wielding batons guarded the station. Dozens of refugees who were inside were forced out.


Jeremy Corbyn said Osama bin Laden should have been tried, not killed

Jeremy CorbynJeremy Corbyn has come under fire for saying it was a “tragedy” that Osama bin Laden was killed by the US rather than being put on trial.

The Labour leadership frontrunner made the remarks shortly after the special forces raid in 2011 on the al-Qaida chief’s Pakistan compound in which he and four others were shot dead.

In an interview for Iranian television, he suggested the assassination of the mastermind behind the September 11 attacks would result in deeper unrest.


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