World Bulletin / News Desk
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denied a newspaper report on Friday that said he had agreed in principle to hand back occupied Syria land as part of secret U.S.-mediated peace talks that broke off last year.
Syria has long set a complete withdrawal from the Golan Heights as a condition for making peace with the Jewish state.
Israeli leaders had consented to at least partial Golan pullbacks in past talks with Syria, though none had gone as far as Netanyahu in agreeing to withdraw to the northeastern shores of the Sea of Galilee, the mass-circulation Yedioth Ahronoth daily said.
The newspaper quoted unspecified American documents as saying Netanyahu had expressed such a readiness, surprising U.S. diplomats during indirect contacts they mediated with Syria two years ago.
These contacts broke off early in 2011.
Netanyahu's office said the suggested withdrawal had been a U.S. initiative that Israel had never accepted and dismissed the report as "politically-motivated", citing the fact that it was published just days after the right-wing leader announced he would move up national elections to early next year.
"This was one initiative among many proposed to Israel in recent years. At no stage did Israel accept this American initiative. It is an old and irrelevant initiative," Netanyahu's office said in a statement.
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According to the witnesses, explosions caused by air raids were heard near the presidential palace in southern Sanaa
The Appeals Chamber of the Hague Tribunal has decided to revoke the decision to grant Vojislav Seselj temporary release and ordered him returned to prison.
The Kremlin said on Monday there were "positive signals" at talks in Lausanne between world powers and Iran over Tehran's nuclear programme but it was too soon to talk about the likely outcome.
Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, already facing a six-year prison term after a corruption conviction, was found guilty on Monday
The ministry showed photos of long-range bombers sitting on the tarmac along with their crews. The jets returned the same day, it said.
According to sources, tribesmen took control of the four military sites in the Yemen's Dhi Naim district
The Pakistani team, to be led by Defence Minister Khawaja Asif and foreign policy chief Sartaj Aziz, was due to leave either on Monday or in the next few days, security officials told Reuters.
The Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called Arab leaders for response in Gaza, during the 26th round of the Arab Summit.
Watchdog urged security agencies to avoid being used to cause chaos in the country
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"Police on duty near the spot caught two attackers red-handed with three machetes as they were fleeing the scene after the incident," police official Humayan Kabir told Reuters.
India is readying the evacuation of nationals from the capital of Yemen on Monday, after four nights of Saudi-led air strikes against Houthis forces.
The Wall Street Journal reported that the flood of Internet traffic to GitHub came from Chinese search engineBaidu Inc , targeting two GitHub pages that linked to copies of sites banned in China.
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