Israel to demolish 30 houses in occupied West Bank

Israel to demolish 30 houses in occupied West Bank

Here is a round-up of global news developments:

  • Israel hands demolition orders to 30 Palestinian houses and structures in the occupied West Bank. Dozens of Bedouin families have to evacuate their homes located between Nablus and Ramallah. Palestinians say the demolitions are in line with Israel’s land grabbing and settlement expansion policy.
  • Israel and Turkey are planning to discuss bilateral ties in the coming weeks. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reportedly spoken with US Vice President Joe Biden about the reconciliation bid. Ankara and Tel Aviv almost cut ties after an Israeli naval raid killed nine Turkish citizens in 2010.
  • The International Federation of Journalists says nearly 2,300 journalists have lost their lives in the past 25 years while covering wars, revolutions, crimes, and corruption. The IFJ also said those responsible for the killings continue to act without punishment. Iraq has topped the list of the most dangerous countries for journalists with 309 deaths.
  • The head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization says the country will soon construct two new nuclear reactors in Bushehr. Ali Akbar Salehi said the world has recognized Iran’s nuclear activities with the implementation the nuclear deal with the P5+1 and the country can now sell enriched uranium to international markets.
  • The New York Times has endorsed Hillary Clinton’s nomination in the US presidential race. The newspaper praised the Democratic candidate for her policies on healthcare, firearms and working women’s rights. It also highlighted her role in imposing sanctions on Iran. The endorsement comes ahead of the Iowa caucus on Monday.
  • US protesters take to the streets of San Francisco to demand justice for a young black man fatally shot by police. A large number of officers were deployed to keep the situation under control. 26-year-old Mario Woods was killed during a manhunt in early December.
  • The African Union threatens to withdraw from the United Nations if it fails to implement reforms. The AU has asked the international body to allocate at least two permanent seats at the Security Council to Africa. African leaders made the demands during the 24th African Union Summit in Ethiopia.
  • A massive car pile-up in western Slovenia has left at least four people dead and 30 others injured. The accident took place in heavy fog on a key motorway near the capital Lubliana. Some 70 vehicles, including a bus and four lorries, were involved in the crash.

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